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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 Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “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 and best colleges for veterans.


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 Great Colleges to Work For 2017 Badge

McKendree University has maintained its status as a “Great College to Work For”® in 2017, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual survey. It has made the list every year since 2010.

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Military Friendly School 2017


McKendree University has been designated a 2018 “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®”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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