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Transfer Admission

As Illinois’ first college, McKendree continues its tradition of excellence through the ideals set forth in our mission: fostering a commitment to Responsible Citizenship, Engagement with community, pursuit of Academic Excellence, and dedication to Lifelong Learning (REAL). Our philosophy reflects concern for the individual development of our students and a commitment to personalized education.

Our 234 acre campus is home to 43 buildings and 5 residential communities. With an average class size of 14 and over $16 million awarded in institutional aid yearly, our 30 minute commute to St. Louis makes us the ideal university for any student. With 54 undergraduate degree programs, an abundance of internship opportunities, almost 30 athletic programs, and 86 student organizations, it's no wonder our graduates boast a 95% post-graduation success rate.





Complete and submit a free, online application or submit a paper copy. You are invited to complete the transfer application for admission any time prior to the semester in which you plan to enroll.

You will also need to submit the following:

Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

2. Official high school or GED transcript *

3. Official ACT or SAT scores if not posted on your official high school transcript* (ACT Code – 1076; SAT Code – 1456)

Your information can be mailed to:

McKendree University
Office of Admission
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

* If you have been out of high school for longer than five years, you do not need to submit this information.

Admission to McKendree is selective. Decisions are based on post-secondary school records, including the rigor of curriculum, recommendations and evidence of student leadership. McKendree selects students who demonstrate potential and desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment.

Each application is reviewed holistically, however, to be considered for admission as a transfer student, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework completed at the post secondary level.

Transfer equivalency credit will be determined by the Office of Academic Records according to the policies stated in the Academic Programs and Policies section of this catalog under Transfer Credit.

Application for Re-admission

Students that have previously attended McKendree University and are seeking re-admission must complete an application for transfer admission and supply up-to-date transcripts if they have not attended McKendree for one year or if they have attended another institution since they were last enrolled at McKendree University.




Academic Excellence


McKendree students have the opportunities for unmatched intellectual and personal growth because the University Experience is built upon an environment that encourages you to be an active member in a community of learners.

Celebrating Excellence

Students showcase their scholarly and creative accomplishments during the annual Academic Excellence Celebration.

Personalized Education

You will be highly engaged with the McKendree faculty. They serve as instructors, advisors, research collaborators, and life-long mentors.

Active Learning

Faculty use active teaching strategies in all courses. Your learning experience will include discussions, group projects, debates, presentations, case studies, simulations, and service learning.

Unlimited Opportunities

With 54 undergraduate degree programs to choose from and with 100% of our courses taught by faculty, no graduate or teaching assistants, you'll find your purpose here.


We believe that visiting campus is the most essential step in making your college decision so check out our visit opportunities!

From group Preview Days to personalized individual visits, we offer a variety of ways for you to experience McKendree.

Once you've visited, compare your choices, make a list of positives and negatives, and ask questions. Gather all the information you can and trust your gut feeling, usually you can feel if a school is right for you when you walk across campus.



Articulation and Transfer Plans


McKendree University is continually working to make it seamless for those transferring to McKendree from a community college.

Our articulation and transfer plans specify the student degree course plan and transfer credit requirements. View the four-year program plans.

Our transfer guides provide a general education guideline for certain community colleges. View the available community college transfer guides.

McKendree University will give careful consideration to your previous course work and transfer in as many credits as possible. Courses are individually evaluated to determine which are transferable and what requirements have been met. In most cases, credit is issued for courses that have an equivalency to those that are offered at McKendree. Our academic division chairpersons determine which courses will meet a specific degree requirement. Learn more and request an evaluation.




Our Value

McKendree offers small classes, personal attention, caring faculty, and classmates who have always linked education with service and leadership.

U.S. News & World Report ranks McKendree in the top 5 of Midwest regional universities whose students graduate with the lowest amount of debt.

We've been recognized for over ten years as one of America's 100 Best College Buys. McKendree is currently the only Illinois institution on that list.

McKendree University graduates boast a 95% post-graduation success rate! Now that’s success AND value, all in one package.




Contact Undergraduate Transfer Admission


Photo of Sonia Matteson, M.A.Sonia Matteson, M.A.

Associate Director of Admission
(618) 537-6497
(800) BEARCAT, ext. 6497





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