McKendree College: Narrative Description

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701 College Rd.
Lebanon, IL 62254-1299
Tel: (618)537-4481
Free: 800-232-7228
Admissions: 800-232-7228
Fax: (618)537-6259
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1828. Setting: 80-acre small town campus with easy access to St. Louis. Endowment: $18 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5339 per student. Total enrollment: 2,257. Faculty: 225 (70 full-time, 155 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,150 applied, 69% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 11 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,615 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 541 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 22 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 35% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at University of Evansville. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, top half of class, ACT of 20 or greater, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $22,960 includes full-time tuition ($16,400), mandatory fees ($200), and college room and board ($6360). College room only: $3360. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $550 per hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 54 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Model United Nations, Campus Christian Fellowship, Team Bogey, Student Government Association, Students Against Social Injustice. Major annual events: homecoming, Stress Fest (finals week), Family Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 710 college housing spaces available; 702 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Holman Library with 105,000 books, 37,395 microform titles, 450 serials, 9,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $459,312. 140 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lebanon, population 3,700, is 23 miles east of St. Louis. The city has the usual Mississippi Valley climate, neither too hot nor too cold but unpredictable. Scott Air Force Base is six miles from downtown. Employment is available in Belleville, 12 miles away, Fairview Heights, 12 miles away, and in St. Louis proper. Hospital facilities are in Belleville, Highland, Breese and St. Louis. Local recreational activities are tennis, hunting, fishing, golfing, picnicking, and community theater.

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