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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.

Profile of McKendree University

McKendree is located in Lebanon, IL (a large suburb). The school is a United Methodist school. McKendree is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by the school is the Master's degree.

Course Topics

McKendree is known for its programs in mathematics, business and management, education and teaching, and nursing and emergency medicine.

McKendree Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 410. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 400 and 560.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

McKendree had 3, 312 enrolled students in 2007. A large number of students at the school are 40 years old or older.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at McKendree. The school offers students meal plans. McKendree values student athletics, and belongs to the American Midwest Conference and Mid-States Football Association. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges.

McKendree Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management210business management, management science, accounting, marketing
Education and Teaching205education, elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, history teaching, health teaching, music teaching, business teaching, science teaching, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine124registered nursing
Liberal Arts51economics, sociology, English, speech and rhetoric, political science, history, social services, international relations, . . .
Therapy and Counselling35psychology, Counselling psychology
Computer Science and Engineering35information technology, information science, computer science
Science16biology, chemistry
Media16communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Music5music, various music studies
Fine Arts3fine arts
Religion and Philosophy2religion, philosophy
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Contact: McKendree

McKendree University

701 College Rd

Lebanon, IL 62254-1291

General Phone: (618) 537-4481


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