McKendree University (McK) is a private university in Lebanon, Illinois. Founded in 1828 as the Lebanon Seminary, it is the oldest college or university in Illinois. McKendree enrolls approximately 2,300 undergraduates and nearly 700 graduate students representing 25 countries and 29 states. In the undergraduate program, on average there are 51% females and 49% males. The institution remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school renamed McKendree University beginning with the 2007–08 academic year. McKendree University comprises a College of Arts and Science, a School of Business, a School of Health Professions, and a School of Education.
|Motto||Artium Morum et Religionis Disciplinae|
Motto in English
|The Disciplines of the Arts, of Morals and of Religion|
|United Methodist Church|
|President||James M. Dennis|
235 acres (95 ha)
McK purple and white
|Athletics||NCAA Division II - GLVC|
|Sports||34 varsity teams|
Fielding athletic teams known as the McKendree Bearcats, the university transitioned from the NAIA and member of the American Midwest Conference to NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).
Established by pioneer Methodists, McKendree is the oldest university in the state of Illinois and continues to have ties to the United Methodist Church. First called Lebanon Seminary, the school opened in two rented sheds for 72 students in 1828 under Edward Raymond Ames. In 1830, Bishop William McKendree, the first American-born bishop of the Methodist church, permitted the Board of Trustees to change the institution's name to McKendree College. Later Bishop McKendree deeded 480 acres (194.2 ha) of land in Shiloh, Illinois to endow the college. Reverend Peter Akers, in 1833, was the first president of the newly named college. He was president of McKendree College three times and received its first degree, an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. In 1835, the college received one of the first charters granted to independent church colleges by the Illinois legislature. The institution still operates under the provisions of a second, more liberal charter obtained in 1839.
Since 1994 and the installation of its current President, Dr. James M. Dennis, the institution has significantly increased its enrollment. In recent years, a new enrollment management strategy has yielded larger numbers of high quality students, built substantial graduate enrollments and strongly diversified the student body. In 2001, the college embarked on a capital campaign which raised more than $20 million for the campus including the creation of a performing arts center.
McKendree University confers degrees from four colleges and schools and offers over 50 undergraduate majors, 45 minors, and master's degrees in four areas: business administration, criminal justice, education, nursing, and clinical mental health counseling. McKendree also offers a doctoral program in education, with the opportunity for teachers and administrators to earn a specialist degree. The university is classified as Master's Colleges and Universities (Master's/L) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
In 2015, U.S. News & World Report's 2015 "Best Colleges" edition ranks McKendree University in the top tier of Midwest regional universities. In addition, McKendree has full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. McKendree has been fully accredited by the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission since 1915 and received its ten-year renewal in 2003-2004. McKendree's School of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). McKendree's School of Nursing and Health Professionals is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
- College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Education
- School of Nursing and Health Professions
More than 50% of the classes have fewer than 14 students. McKendree's student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1. More than 90% of the faculty have earned a Ph.D. or higher.
McKendree University is host to chapters representing a number of honor societies and academic fraternities including:
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Alpha Psi Omega
- Alpha Kappa Delta
- Iota Tau Alpha
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Kappa Kappa Psi
- Kappa Sigma Tau
- Lambda Pi Eta
- Nursing Honor Society
- Phi Alpha Theta
- Phi Beta Lambda
- Phi Eta Sigma
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Pi Gamma Mu
- Pi Kappa Delta
- Pi Sigma Alpha
- Psi Chi
- Sigma Beta Delta
- Sigma Tau Delta
- Sigma Zeta
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon
McKendree University's main campus is located on a wooded 235 acres (95 ha) in Lebanon, Illinois, about 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
The campus is laid out in roughly a rectangle bordered by Stanton Street and College Hill Cemetery to the west and Monroe St. to the east. North Alton St. and Summerfield St. bisect the campus and are the main roads for vehicular traffic on campus.
The university opened the Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (the Hett) in September 2006. The $10 million, 34,400-square-foot (3,200 m2) theater includes practice and storage space for the McKendree University band, choral department and faculty offices. The Hett includes a full-size stage with a 500-seat auditorium.
The Marion K. Piper Academic Center (PAC) is the student union, which is the center of the campus, with the library located directly to the northwest of it. All academic buildings are located in the southwestern sections of the campus.
Student housing is provided along the north-central and northeastern areas of the campus. McKendree offers three different types of residence halls: traditional dorm style, suite style, and apartment style. Traditional-style halls are predominantly freshmen and are co-ed by floor. The residence halls are served by the Ames Dining Hall, located between Baker Hall and Walton Hall.
Traditional style halls:
The suite-style and apartment-style halls are predominantly upperclassmen; freshmen are not allowed to live in McKendree West Apartments. Suite-style residence halls are located in a 70-student complex on the eastern edge of campus called The Suites. The suites are co-ed by suite and include three bedrooms, one bathroom, and a common area. McKendree West Apartments are the university-owned apartment-style residence housing option. McKendree West houses approximately 380 students and is co-ed by apartment. They are located a half mile from the main campus. The university offers a shuttle service to transport residents to and from McKendree West, called the Bogey Bus named after McKendree's mascot, Bogey the Bearcat.
On October 23, 2010, the university held a groundbreaking ceremony for two new residence halls. The new 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2) residence halls are designed in a modern glass-and-brick style of architecture to blend with other modern buildings on campus as well as the many historic brick buildings. Each new hall is a three-story structure connected by a two-floor glass bridge. The new residence halls tentatively named "New Residence Hall: East" and "New Residence Hall: West" were completed in time for the 2011-2012 academic year. Due to this addition, McKendree University was able to recruit their largest first-year enrollment in 185 years: class of 2017.
McKendree University athletic teams are called the Bearcats. The university is a member of NCAA Division II, after completing the transitioning process from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in July 2013. The university competed as an independent during the 2011–12 academic year before becoming a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) for the 2012–13 academic year as a provisional NCAA member. In addition to GLVC sponsored sports, McKendree also fields NCAA-sanctioned teams in women's bowling as an independent program and men's volleyball at the National Collegiate (Division I/II) level in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). The women's bowling team won the 2017 NCAA National Collegiate Bowling Championship. They were runner-up in the 2018 event. The school also fields teams outside of the NCAA structure in two NCAA-sponsored sports and four non-NCAA sports. In the NCAA sports of men's ice hockey and women's lacrosse, McKendree is respectively a member of the ACHA Division II in the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) and the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA). The non-NCAA sports sponsored by McKendree are men's bowling, men's and women's powerlifting, and bass fishing (coeducational).
McKendree University was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1912 to 1938. They were in the NAIA as members of the American Midwest Conference (with the exception of football where they played in the Midwest League of the Mid-States Football Association) through the 2010–11 season.
Move to the NCAAEdit
On July 12, 2010 the university was informed by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee that it was accepted into the NCAA Division II. McKendree continued to play in the NAIA during the two-year candidacy period, before it became a member of the GLVC during the provisional year. The fourth academic year, 2013–2014, the NCAA would vote to make McKendree an active member of NCAA DII.
On October 6, 2010 it was announced that McKendree University received and accepted an invitation to the GLVC. The Bearcats became the 17th member of the GLVC in 2012. The university is now eligible for all conference and NCAA championships.
The Center at Scott Air Force BaseEdit
The Center at Scott Air Force Base is offered on-base for military personnel. Students can pursue an undergraduate degree while taking one-month classes to meet the busy and changing schedule for the service men and women.
McKendree University also has a campus located in Radcliff. Programs at this location are structured to provide convenience for working adults who want to pursue an associate degree in Business Administration; a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting, Management, Human Resources Management, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, or Nursing; or a master's degree in Business Administration or Nursing.
McKendree University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in an online format. These programs have been designed to provide the quality McKendree experience to those who are unable to attend one of our campuses or off-campus locations. Bachelor's degrees include Business Administration, Nursing and Psychology.
McKendree University offers two nursing programs at locations throughout Illinois and Kentucky, as well as online course options. These programs include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program.
Annual all-campus eventsEdit
- February: Founder's Day
- April: Spring Fling, Academic Excellence Celebration
- May: Commencement
- June: Bearcat Golf Tournament
- August: New Student Orientation, Convocation
- September: Football Home Opener and Tailgate Party, Fall Family Weekend
- October: Homecoming
- November: Amesgiving
- December: Holiday Tree Lighting
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