McPherson College Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

McPherson College Miller Library
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McPherson College Admissions Overview:

McPherson College, with an acceptance rate of 57%, is a relatively accessible school. Interested students will need to submit an application, scores from the SAT or ACT, and high school transcripts. For complete application instructions and deadlines, prospective students should visit McPherson's website, or contact the school's admissions office. Be sure to submit your application by May 1st to get priority consideration for admissions and financial aid.

Admissions Data (2016):

McPherson College Description:

McPherson College is a small, private liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Students come from 33 states and 6 foreign countries. The town of McPherson is also home to Central Christian College. Wichita is about an hour to the south, and Salina is about 40 minutes to the north. The college was founded in 1887 by leaders of the Church of the Brethren. Church values still shape the college today, but the school is open to students of any cultural and religious background. Students can choose from over 30 academic fields in both the liberal arts and professional areas, and all fields have a career orientation.

Practical hands-on learning is valued, and the college offers many opportunities for students to gain experience through internships and other experienced-based opportunities. Business is most popular, and the school is the only one in the world to offer a four-year baccalaureate program in automotive restoration.

Students also have the option of combining courses from different fields to construct an interdisciplinary major. On the financial aid front, nearly all McPherson students receive some form of grant aid. Student life is active with a range of clubs, organizations, and activities. In athletics, the McPherson Bulldogs compete in the NAIA Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. McPherson men and women each compete in seven intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 717 (703 undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 64% Male / 36% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $26,498
  • Books: $1,420 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,411
  • Other Expenses: $3,336
  • Total Cost: $39,665

McPherson College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 75%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,844
    • Loans: $10,896

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Auto Restoration, Behavioral Sciences, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Health and Physical Education

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 37%

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

    • Men's Sports: Basketball, Football, Soccer, Golf, Baseball
    • Women's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Track

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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