McKendree University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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McKendree University Admissions Overview:

McKendree University has an acceptance rate of 68%, making it only a bit selective. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, along with SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, and a letter of recommendation. Students can apply using the Common Application, and there is more information on that below.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • McKendree University Acceptance Rate: 68%

McKendree University Description:

Founded in 1828, McKendree University is a four-year, private, United Methodist university in Lebanon, Illinois, with additional locations in Louisville and Radcliff, Kentucky. Founded in 1828, McKendree is the oldest college in Illinois. The school's 3,000 students are supported by a student / faculty ratio of 14 to 1, and an average class size of 14. McKendree offers 46 majors, 37 minors, 4 graduate programs, and one doctoral program. The university also offers classes online and at the Scott Air Force Base for military personnel. McKendree has a variety of student clubs and organizations, sororities and fraternities, and intramural sports to keep its students engaged outside of the classroom.

McKendree fields 20 intercollegiate teams and is a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). The women’s lacrosse team competes separately in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The school’s mascot is Bogey, the Bearcat. Popular sports include water polo, wrestling, softball, basketball, football, and volleyball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,902 (2,261 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 81% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $28,740
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,200
  • Other Expenses: $2,550
  • Total Cost: $41,490

McKendree University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 72%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,459
    • Loans: $6,882

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Human Resource Management, Management, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 36%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Volleyball, Water Polo, Football, Basketball, Fencing
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Tennis, Wrestling, Softball, Bowling, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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McKendree and the Common Application

McKendree University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

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