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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 with McKendree or through the CommonApp. Students are innvited to apply as early as July 1 preceeding thier senior year.


Send an official high school or GED transcript to McKendree University c/o the Office of Admission, 701 College Road, Lebanon, IL  62254. 


Transcripts can be sent electronically to


Optional Supplemental Items (effective for Fall 2021 applications)

1. Results from the SAT or the ACT standardized tests are considered supplemental items and are not required for either admission or academic scholarship consideration.

2. Letters of recommendation are optional, but may be required for students based on cumulative GPA. Counselor recommendation form

3. An Admission Interview is encouraged, but optional for all.  An interview may be required for students based on cumulative GPA.


McKendree University is a selective university committed to the evaluation of the whole person.  A student’s GPA and desire to succeed in a challenging academic environment has consistently been the best predictor of academic success at McKendree.  Admission decisions are based on rigor of curriculum, recommendations, proven leadership skills, community involvement, work experience, engagement with the University through campus visits, and the capacity to contribute to the campus community.

Your information can be sent electronically to or mailed to:

McKendree University

Office of Admission
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254



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