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Lebanon, IL 62254
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Established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists, McKendree is the oldest college in Illinois, and the oldest in the nation with continuous ties to the United Methodist Church.
McKendree University offers online bachelor's and master's degree programs that fit into your lifestyle. Online classes begin every 8 weeks. All courses are designed by our campus faculty and pass a rigorous review their peers. You can anticipate the same quality, caring experience we offer to campus students in all of our online programs.
First called "Lebanon Seminary," the school opened in two rented sheds for 72 students. In 1830, Bishop William McKendree, the first American-born bishop of the Methodist church, permitted the Board of Trustees to change the institution's name to McKendree. Later Bishop McKendree deeded 480 acres of rich land in Shiloh Valley, Illinois, to help support the College.
Reverend Peter Akers, in 1833, was the first president of the newly named college. He was three times president of McKendree and received its first degree, an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. In 1835, the college received one of the first charters granted to independent church colleges by the Illinois legislature. The institution still operates under the provisions of a second, more liberal charter obtained in 1839.
McKendree's students have included many who became pioneers in industry and business, who became senators and governors and career public servants, who became distinguished military leaders, and who filled pulpits and teaching appointments across the land.
In July 2007 McKendree College officially became McKendree University.
The mission of McKendree University is to provide a high quality educational experience to outstanding students. We guide our students in the pursuit of academic excellence which will prepare them for leadership roles in our society. To achieve this end we encourage broader vision, enriched purpose, engagement with community, commitment to responsible citizenship, openness to new ideas and dedication to lifelong learning. In keeping with our history and traditions, we provide our students with a rigorous, broadly based liberal arts curricula joined with specialization in a specific discipline.
We cherish our historical relationship with the United Methodist Church and its tradition of Judeo-Christian ideals. Therefore, we encourage an atmosphere of open dialogue, free inquiry, and mutual respect, conducted among students from diverse backgrounds.