McKendree University Welcomes the Class of 2022

First-Year and Transfer Students Represent 24 States, 21 Countries

(LEBANON, Ill., August 22, 2018) - McKendree University welcomes the Class of 2022 to campus, as 375 first-year students and118 transfer students arrived on campus this week.

Continuing a trend from recent years, an increasing number of new Bearcats are from out of state. While 62 percent of the Class of 2022 have come from throughout Illinois, others represent 23 other states, as well as 20 other countries. International students have arrived from the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.

The Class of 2022 has a collective high school grade point average of 3.5 and 87 percent received an academic scholarship. Most McKendree first-year students—90 percent—live on campus.

At the traditional opening convocation on Aug. 22, President James Dennis told the students, “Part of our work is to challenge you, to cause you to think more deeply, consider more thoughtfully, make you feel uncomfortable, challenge your thinking—and to just make sure you know what you think, what you stand for, what you value and most importantly, why.”

New students then signed the Matricula—a document that officially signifies their enrollment at McKendree University. They will participate in three days of orientation, activities and “Into the Streets” volunteer service in local communities before classes start on Aug. 27.

Photos of Convocation, New Student Orientation groups and move-in day are posted at