McPherson College

McPherson College

McPherson College, MC, was established by members of the Church of the Brethren in 1887. Originally christened McPherson College and Institute, the college was given its present name on February 12, 1898. The campus of this non-profit, private institute sits on 23 acres in McPherson, Kansas.

Students of McPherson College can choose majors in art, auto restoration, business administration, sciences, communication, elementary education, environmental studies, physical health, sociology, psychology, and theater. The college also offers several pre-professional programs, and study abroad opportunities.

McPherson College offers enrollment to candidates from over 30 states and more than 5 foreign countries. Students participate in sports like basketball, cross country, football, soccer, track and field, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The athletics teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs, and they compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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Contacting McPherson College

McPherson College
1600 E Euclid
McPherson , KS 67460-1402
General Phone: (620) 242-0400

McPherson College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management39business management, accounting, finance, international business
Engineering Technician28industrial production tech, automotive tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15health and fitness
Liberal Arts14Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching9special ed, elementary school teaching
Science5biology, biochemistry, natural sciences, chemistry
Art Studies4art studies
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Media3communication studies, journalism, public relations
Design3interior design, graphic design
Agricultural Science and Management2agriculture, agricultural management
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science, information technology
Therapy and Counseling2psychology
Music1music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy and religious studies
Mechanics and Repair0vehicle maintenance

Number of programs and degrees for McPherson College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree13234
Associate's degree02

McPherson College Student Body

In 2007-2008, McPherson College had a total enrollment of 544 students (581 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 59%
Women 41%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 8%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 38%
20-21 31%
22-24 18%
25-29 5%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

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

Washington, DC1%
New York1%
New Jersey1%

McPherson College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 100 %

McPherson College Room and Board (2007)

McPherson College offers campus housing for 430 of its 581 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

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

McPherson College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450570
SAT Math420560
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1924
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT13%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT87%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

McPherson College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,200
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,200
Room and board $ 6,500
Room charge $ 2,600
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,900
Books and supplies $ 1,110
Other expenses $ 3,600

Financial Aid:
McPherson College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 193300)

McPherson College Faculty

McPherson College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track51
Non-tenured and not on tenure track65

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$51,9862*
Associate professoracademic year8$44,8563$43,699
Assistant professoracademic year11$39,5516$37,929
Instructoracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year25$43,51411$41,655

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

McPherson College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports204262

McPherson College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Graphic Design
Interior Design

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

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets McPherson College Apart:

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
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