Distinctive Honors


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 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 2019-2020


McKendree University has been designated a 2019-2020 “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.




 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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