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For School and College Counselors

As Illinois’ first college, McKendree continues its tradition of excellence through the ideals set forth in our mission: fostering a commitment to Responsible Citizenship, Engagement with community, pursuit of Academic Excellence, and dedication to Lifelong Learning (REAL). Our philosophy reflects concern for the individual development of our students and a commitment to personalized education.

We value the guidance you provide your students through their college search and are here to help you every step of the way! You’ll find useful information and links below, and don’t forget that we’re only an email or phone call away. We’d love to hear from you, contact us!


Admission Process

Students can complete and submit a free, online application or submit a paper copy. They are invited to apply as early as the completion of their junior year of high school.
The following will also need to be submitted:

1. Official high school or GED transcript

2. Official ACT or SAT scores if not posted on your official high school transcript (ACT Code – 1076; SAT Code – 1456)

3. Official college transcripts for any dual credit coursework

4. Counselor recommendation form

The information can be sent electronically through the high school or mailed to:

McKendree University

Office of Admission
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

Admission to McKendree is selective. Decisions are based on high school records, including rigor of curriculum, test scores, recommendations and evidence of student leadership. McKendree selects students who demonstrate potential and desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Each application is reviewed holistically, and while not required for admission, we recommend that students meet the following criteria in order to be successful at McKendree:

1. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

2. Composite ACT score of 20 or SAT score of 1410

3. Top ½ of your graduating class

4. Complete the suggested college preparatory curriculum.



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