McKendree University

McKendree University

McKendree College, now McKendree University, is located in Lebanon, Illinois, United States. It was founded in the year 1828 by pioneer Methodists and known as the Lebanon Seminary. It is the oldest college in Illinois. McKendree University gained university status in the 2007-2008 academic year. Students are offered bachelor degree and graduate degrees. McKendree university is divided into three schools and one college, which are:

  • McKendree College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing and Health Professions

The men's sports teams of McKendree University participate in varioius sports including basketball, baseball, track and field, bowling, football, golf, cross country, tennis, soccer, hockey, and wrestling. The women's sports teams compete in bowling, basketball, soccer, track and field, golf, cross country, tennis, softball, and volleyball. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Bearcats.

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Contacting McKendree

McKendree University
701 College Rd
Lebanon , IL 62254-1291
General Phone: (618) 537-4481

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McKendree Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching282education, elementary school teaching, art education, business teaching, health teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, history teaching ...
Business and Management220business management, accounting, human resources, management science, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine185registered nursing
Liberal Arts62English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, social services, economics, international relations, political science, sociology, history ...
Therapy and Counseling43psychology, counseling psychology
Computer Science and Engineering29information technology, information science, computer science
Media20communication studies
Science16biology, chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion
Fine Arts4fine arts
Music3music, various music studies
Drama and Performing Arts0drama
Medical Support and Technology0health service and sciences, clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for McKendree in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree58742
Master's degree3004

McKendree Student Body

In 2007-2008, McKendree had a total enrollment of 3,312 students (2,866 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 71%
Graduate 29%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 12%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 17%
20-21 16%
22-24 14%
25-29 13%
30-34 10%
35-39 9%
40-49 16%
50-64 5%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)4%
New York1%

McKendree Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %

McKendree Room and Board (2007)

McKendree offers campus housing for 688 of its 2,866 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Lebanon, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

McKendree Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480570
SAT Math440570
SAT Writing450510
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT5%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

McKendree Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,270
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,270
Room and board $ 7,850
Room charge $ 4,180
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,040
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 1,820

Financial Aid:
McKendree participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 172200)

McKendree Faculty

McKendree has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1116
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1312

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year10$70,9436$65,700
Associate professoracademic year12$55,41913$55,282
Assistant professoracademic year17$58,35716$46,948
Instructoracademic year9$50,69311$44,248
All faculty totalacademic year48$58,80846$51,103

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

McKendree Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-States Football Association
Basketball American Midwest Conference
Baseball American Midwest Conference
Track American Midwest Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports79108187

McKendree Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets McKendree Apart:

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Top 18%McKendree % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine

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