First-Year Admission

The following information is for degree-seeking students attending college for the first time.


Complete and submit a free, on-line application or submit a paper copy. Students are invited to apply as early as the completion of their junior year in high school.

You will also need to complete the following:

1.   Submit an official high school or GED transcript

2.   Submit official ACT or SAT scores if not posted on the official high school transcript (ACT Code - 1076, SAT Code - 1456)

3.   Submit official copies of transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended

4.   Download the counselor recommendation form and have the high school guidance counselor complete and return it to us (first-year students only)

Meet Your Admission Counselor

Admission counselors are always available to help, whether its planning your individual campus visit or answering any question you may have. Find your counselor and begin talking with them.

isit Campus

Visiting a college campus is often times the best way to determine if a school is the right fit. We recommend students and families visiting campus as early as they like but especially during the junior and senior years. Register to attend a Preview Day or contact your admission counselor to set up an individual visit.

Explore Academics

McKendree offers many academic programs. Learn more about the program you may be interested in.

Determine Academic Scholarship Eligibility
and attend event in January.

ile the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

File as soon after January 1 of the year you plan to attend McKendree. Contact the financial aid office or your admission counselor for more information regarding the financial aid process. Be sure and list McKendree’s school code which is 001722.

**Notification of academic scholarship amounts and financial aid awards will begin in March. (The earlier you complete the FAFSA, after January 1, the quicker we will be able to award you.)

Make Your Decision

McKendree admission counselors are here to help you through each step of the admission process. From that first campus visit to explaining your financial aid package, we are ready to assist! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you in making the ultimate decision on where to attend college.

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