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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Don't forget to check your application portal frequently. Registration for Campus Housing (including the housing application) and the FYI program will all be available through the portal.



Visit Campus

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

From group Preview Days to personalized individual visits, we offer a variety of ways for you to experience McKendree.

Once you've visited, compare your choices, make a list of positives and negatives, and ask questions. Gather all of the information you can and trust your gut feeling. Usually you can feel if a school is right for you when you walk across campus.



Academic Scholarship Eligibility

Academically talented students with either a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale or an ACT composite score of 22 or higher will receive our Dean's, Presidential, or Honor's scholarship upon acceptance. Awards are valued at $10,000 to $17,000 annually.




Ready to officially reserve your spot in the Bearcat family?

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

  • $200 non-refundable deposit for all commuters
  • $400 non-refundable tuition and room damage deposit for all residents

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

Our deposit policy.

Deadline: May 1


Campus Housing

If you plan to live on campus, submit your housing application by logging into the application portal. The application will be available to you as soon as you've confirmed your plans to attend McKendree by submitted your enrollment deposit.

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.

Assignments will be e-mailed to students' personal and McKendree accounts this summer.

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

Priority deadline: June 1



Applying for Aid

Before October 1, you and a parent/guardian should create an FSA ID.

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

On and after October 1, you should submit the FAFSA, 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 will begin mailing financial aid packages in mid-December.

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)

First Year Introduction (FYI) is a mandatory, one day program where you will schedule classes, get your student ID card, learn your university email address, and meet your first McKendree friends.

Learn more about Academic Planning, IT, and Campus Activities before attending.

2019 Session Dates:

Saturday, April 27 Session Full

Monday, May 20

Monday, June 10

Monday, June 24

Friday, July 12


Click here to register.



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 1



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.

Registration deadline: August 1


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