Distinctive Honors


Best Online Colleges


For the third consecutive year, McKendree was listed among the top 100 “Best Online Programs” in the nation for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. The online bachelor’s degree program, graduate education program, and graduate nursing programs are listed in the top 100 in their respective categories. The MBA program is in the top 150.

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Community Service Honor Roll


McKendree University’s commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement earned it a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh time since 2006.

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 Approved Stem Jobs College 2015

McKendree was also named a 2016 Stem Jobs Approved College by Victory Media, earning a place among 125 elite schools offering education in science, technology, engineering and math for students who aspire to STEM-focused careers.

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 Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” edition continued to rank McKendree University in the top tier of Midwest regional universities. The University was also ranked in the top 35 nationally for best value.


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 Colleges of Distinction 2016-2017

Innovative learning opportunities earned recognition among the nation’s “Colleges of Distinction” for excellence in student-focused higher education.

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 Great Colleges to Work For 2016 Honor Roll Badge

McKendree University remained a “Great College to Work For”® in 2016, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It is also the only Midwestern institution in the medium-sized category named to the elite 42-member Honor Roll.

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Military Friendly School 2017


Victory Media designated McKendree a “Military Friendly School” for the eighth consecutive year, placing it among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that embrace military students’ educational needs.

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100 Best College Buys


The University was the sole Illinois institution to be designated one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys®”in 2016, for providing the highest quality education at the lowest cost. The University has earned the distinction numerous times since 1997.




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