Monmouth College is a private, selective, residential college located in Monmouth, Illinois, an area with a population of about 10,000. Monmouth College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and was established in 1835 by Scotch-Irish Presbyterian pioneers. Since its earliest days, both women and students of color were freely admitted; though their philosophy went against the popular opinion of the day, Monmouth College’s founders believed that “equal educational opportunities should be afforded to all who could benefit.” Today Monmouth College is known as a nationally ranked residential college; is a charter member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM); and boasts several notable alumni, including at least four Medal of Honor recipients.
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Monmouth College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1913. More than 30 undergraduate majors are offered, which culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree and includ programs in: Accounting; Art; Biochemistry; Biology; Biopsychology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Classics; Communication Studies; Computer Science; Economics; Elementary Education; English; Environmental Studies and Sustainability; Exercise Science; French; Greek; History; International Business; International Studies; Latin; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Physical Education; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Relations; Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology; Human Services; Spanish; Theatre; and Wellness Administration. In addition, more than 30 minors and well over a dozen pre-professional programs are also offered.
Monmouth College features small, seminar-style classes, a solid academic advising service, summer research experiences, and several, varied internship and study abroad programs and opportunities. According to the school’s statement of purpose, Monmouth College endeavors to prepare students for “rich personal and professional lives… for positions of leadership, service, and citizenship… [and to] foster and promote intellectual inquiry and critical analysis through mentoring relationships characterized by individual attention.”
Student LifeMonmouth College has a total enrollment figure of approximately 1,300, all of whom are undergraduate students. Representatives from more than 30 foreign nations make up Monmouth College’s student body, with a male to female ratio of approximately 47% to 53%, respectively, and a 25% American minority representation. More than 90% of students choose to live on campus in one of the College’s several residence halls. Monmouth College’s campus is surrounded by a residential area just a short distance from the center of town. The College features a walking campus with no building too far from any other; Monmouth College’s environment is close-knit, friendly, and welcoming.
Monmouth College offers a broad range of co-curricular activities, including lectures; concerts and performances by visitors; student-led clubs and more, which are designed to complement the College’s academic program. Monmouth College’s college newspaper, campus radio station, religious services, music groups and theater are all designed to provide opportunities for students to develop their talents and enrich College life. An NCAA Division III school, Monmouth College’s varsity teams compete in the Midwest Conference and the school offers nearly a two dozen men’s and women’s athletic programs.