Future Bearcats


You’ve been admitted to McKendree University and we’re ready for you to join the Bearcat family. This checklist will provide you with everything you need to finalize your enrollment plans and ensure that you have a smooth transition to McKendree University.




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.






Sign and return your enrollment confirmation form along with your deposit:

$200 non-refundable tuition deposit for all commuters

$400 non-refundable tuition and room damage deposit for all residents

Pay your deposit securely online with a credit/debit card.

For more information on our deposit policy, click here.

Deadline: May 1
For students admitted after May 1, the deadline to confirm enrollment is 30 days after date of acceptance, as space allows.






If you will be a campus resident, submit your housing application. Housing assignments are typically made in date received order so be sure and get your application in early.

Assignments will be e-mailed to students' personal and McKendree accounts after the July 4th holiday.

Check-out Residence Life for helpful tips on what to bring and contact them with questions or concerns.

Priority deadline: June 1






Perhaps you aren't able to make your final decision until you know how affordable a McKendree education will be. We get that.

On and after January 1, 2014, you should submit the FAFSA, making sure to list McKendree as a recipient school using our code: 001722. It's ok to use estimates or prior years' tax information to get your FAFSA submitted as soon after January 1st as possible, just re-access your saved FAFSA and update the information when your 2013 tax information is available.

The Office of Financial Aid will begin mailing financial aid packages in mid-March. Once you receive your package, you'll need to return all necessary documents along with appropriate acceptance forms to ensure that your registration statement (aka your bill) is accurate in July.

Contact your admission counselor for assistance.  

Priority deadline to file FAFSA: March 1

Priority deadline to submit financial aid acceptance forms: July 1






First Year Introduction (FYI) is a mandatory, one day program that will kick-off your McKendree journey and help you transition to college life.

At FYI you'll schedule your fist semester's classes, get your student ID card, learn your McKendree email address and how to use it, and meet your first McKendree friends. 

Learn more about Academic Planning, IT, and Campus Activities before attending FYI.


Saturday, April 26, 2014 SESSION CLOSED
Friday, May 30, 2014 SESSION CLOSED
Friday, June 13, 2014 SESSION CLOSED

Saturday, June 21, 2014 SESSION CLOSED
Friday, July 11, 2014 SESSION CLOSED

Friday, July 18, 2014 SESSION CLOSED

Please contact your admission counselor to arrange your course registration.






Complete and return your Confidential Medical History Form and immunization record. Health Services can provide you with additional details on immunization requirements.

Deadline: August 20 -- you will not be able to move into your residence hall until these forms are received






Start searching for McKendree Facebook pages to "Like" to follow our community of students. Join the McKendree Class of 2018 Facebook Group! Follow all things McK on social media.






Make arrangements to have your final high school transcript mailed to:

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

If you have dual-credit courses, other college credit, or AP credit you will also need to send those transcripts.

Deadline: August 20






After you attend FYI and/or complete course registration, you'll be able to register for New Student Orientation.