For Admitted First-Year Students



We're excited that you’ve been admitted to McKendree University and we’re ready for you to join the Bearcat family. A McKendree education provides you with so much more than just a degree. McKendree offers you a high quality educational experience designed to encourage the critical thinking, leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary to succeed in today's world. Our co-curricular program gives you the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations, enjoy new experiences, and form lifelong friendships.

As a McKendree student, you will take an active role in your education - participating in classroom discussions, researching with faculty, serving in campus leadership roles, and giving back to the community. We believe that McKendree is not just a place to think, but a place to be inspired - it is in moments of inspiration that we solve problems, change lives, and improve our world.

McKendree is a school on the move - with our recent advances, one thing remains constant: McKendree continues to provide a nurturing environment, offering students opportunities and challenges that lead to unmatched personal and professional growth.

We hope you'll choose to attend McKendree and if you do, 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.

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Visit the Application Portal

Visit your application portal to view your Admission Decision and download your Admission Decision Letter.


Access your Admission Decision Letter

Visit Campus

We believe that visiting campus is the most essential step in making your college decision so check out our in person and virtual visit opportunities

Activate Your McKendree Account

Activate your official McKendree University account by clicking on MyMcK and then first time user from the McKendree homepage.  You will need your Student ID to complete the activation process.  You can find this on the Enrollment Confirmation Form sent with your admission packet.


Activating Your Account

Explore Your MyMcK Portal

Add a Proxy User



Academic Scholarship Eligibility

Academic scholarships are awarded upon admission.  Your Admission Decision Letter will include information about the academic scholarship for which you were eligible.



Ready to officially reserve your spot in the Bearcat family?

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

  • $200 deposit for all commuters

  • $400 tuition and housing deposit for all residents

Deposits will be refundable through June 1 because of the delay in FAFSA processing. 


Pay your deposit securely online with a credit/debit card.
(Refer to acceptance packet for your student ID number.)

Your enrollment confirmation form is included in your Admission Decision Letter and can be downloaded from your application portal.

Deadline: May 1 June 1


Campus Housing

The housing application will be available in the student portal to students that have submitted an enrollment deposit beginning February 1, 2024.


If you've already submitted your housing application but need to make a change, please submit this form.

Housing assignments are typically made in date received order so be sure and get your application in early.

Notification of assignments will be e-mailed to a student's McKendree email.

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

Priority deadline: June 1



Applying for Aid

McKendree's Net Price Calculator can provide you with an estimate of how affordable your McKendree education will be.

Submit the FAFSA as it is available, making sure to list McKendree as a recipient school using our code: 001722.

Be sure to review all of our scholarship opportunities.

Priority deadline to file FAFSA: March 1

The Office of Financial Aid hopes to begin notifying students of final aid awards in mid-January.

Once you receive your package, read it carefully and follow any instructions outlined in it. Contact the financial aid counselor listed on the aid letter or your admission counselor for help understanding your offer.

You'll need to return all necessary documents (e.g. verification forms, IRS tax transcript, etc.) along with appropriate loan acceptance forms to ensure that your registration statement (aka bill) is accurate in July.

Priority deadline to submit financial aid acceptance forms: July 1


First-Year Introduction (FYI)

McKendree’s First Year Introduction program is your first step in becoming a successful college student. This program is designed to help you transition to life at McKendree.

Specific dates and details regarding course registration for Fall 2024 will be available February 1.


Click here to get started with the FYI experience.



Medical Forms

Complete and return your Confidential Medical History Form and immunization record.

Health Services can provide you will additional details on immunization requirements and a link to the Confidential Medical History Form.

Deadline: August 1 - You will not be able to move into your residence hall until these forms are received.




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 exam credit you will also need to send those transcripts.

Deadline: August 15



New Student Orientation (NSO)


After you attend FYI and/or complete course registration, you must register for and attend New Student Orientation (NSO) in August.

This event is essential to your college transition and participation is required.


Click here to get registered for NSO.


Registration deadline: August 1


Make It McKendree