McKendree University

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701 College Road

Lebanon, IL 62254-1299

Phone: (618) 537-4481
2013-2014 Tuition
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#68 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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McKendree University is a private institution that was founded in 1828. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,240, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 116 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. McKendree University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 68. Its tuition and fees are $26,050 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

McKendree University provides students a peaceful, residential campus in a small, friendly town, yet is just minutes away from the culturally vibrant city of St. Louis. McKendree students receive a broad-based, liberal arts oriented education while also developing skills in preparation for a career or graduate studies. The uniqueness of the college is its philosophy which reflects concern for individual development of its students and its commitment to personalized education. Co-curricular programs are also of importance, as McKendree students participate in community service, voluntary spiritual development, athletics and a wide variety of clubs and organizations meeting student needs and interests.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1828
Religious affiliation Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $28,584,224


When applying to McKendree University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at McKendree University is 12:1, and the school has 70.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at McKendree University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Nursing Administration; Accounting; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Secondary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 20%
Nursing Administration 20%
Accounting 10%
Elementary Education and Teaching 10%
Secondary Education and Teaching 10%

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Student Life

McKendree University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,240, with a gender distribution of 45.3 percent male students and 54.7 percent female students. At this school, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. McKendree University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,033
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

McKendree University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. McKendree University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at McKendree University, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at McKendree University.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At McKendree University, 81.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,459.

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Tuition and fees $26,050 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,690 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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