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McKendree University



Established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists, McKendree is the oldest college in Illinois, and the oldest in the nation with continuous ties to the United Methodist Church. In July 2007 McKendree College officially became McKendree University.


The University offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to develop our students’ knowledge, analytical abilities, research capabilities, creativity, and sense of identity.


The McKendree University Journal of Undergraduate Research was founded to create a forum for superior undergraduate research, to encourage undergraduate research and scholarly writing, and provide its staff with a challenging academic experience.

Scholars will publish submissions from all disciplines and methodological styles. The arguments expressed in an article do not necessarily reflect those of the McKendree University.


The mission of the McKendree University Career Services Office is to:

  • Give our students the opportunity to become actively involved in developing their career by providing a variety of training activities, programs, and services that support the goals of our students and McKendree University.
  • Encourage students to take initiative and be active in developing their career, using Career Services to help guide them towards success in a career and our society as a whole.
  • Help students understand that developing a career path is truly a life-long process.


Student services

The Office of Residence Life plays a vital role in supporting the academic mission of McKendree University by creating an atmosphere that encourages personal, social, and academic development.  We will promote a clean, safe, well-maintained living environment that allows students the opportunity to study and learn about living in a community.

Housing services

Key facts:

  • 6 residence halls and 3 apartment-style living facilities
  • 91% of first-year students live on campus

First year Bearcats have the opportunity to live in either traditional or suite-style residence halls. Each location offers unique programming for new students to make a smooth transition to college life.

Students living in the traditional residence halls share a room with one other student. Each fully furnished, air-conditioned hall is co-ed by floor and offers one large community bathroom and laundry room on each floor. Both cable and internet are provided for students.

Library services

The Holman Library is the main hub of the kind on campus.

ICT services

The McKendree campuses provide general access computer labs in many locations. Use of the labs is free (except for printing) for anyone with a valid McK login. 

Each lab may have a different set or subset of software installed, but at the base, each computer will have:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Visual Studio
  • Several Browsers
  • Graphic Editing

Medical services

Health services includes assessment and treatment of common illnesses, injuries, and medical problems; health education and over the counter medications are available at no charge. The nurse practitioner is available to evaluate, treat and prescribe for illnesses as well as continuum of care such as refills of routine medications. 

Student Life

Campus life

The Lebanon campus of McKendree University is located in a charming community of about 4,000 people with a downtown business district within easy walking distance of the campus.

Sports facilities

McKendree University provides the space and facilities for a variety of sports: 

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
and many others.

Student clubs

McKendree University has numerous opportunities available for students to get involved on campus. There are over 70 student organizations covering a diverse range of topics; something for every individual.


The University holds regional accreditation issued by the Higher Learning Commission.

Mascoutah, Illinois, United States

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