Distinctive Honors


 Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Colleges” edition continued to rank McKendree University in the top tier of Midwest regional universities. McKendree remains a Tier 1 institution among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest.


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Military Friendly School 2020-2021


McKendree University has been designated a 2020-2021 “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, which sets standards for higher education institutions to provide positive opportunities for veterans.

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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®”, for providing the highest quality education at the lowest cost. The University has earned the distinction numerous times since 1997.




2019-2020 College of Distinction


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



 Best Online Colleges

For the third consecutive year, McKendree was listed among the top 100 “Best Online Programs” in the nation, 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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