Students Say

Small Monmouth College is a “quaint” bastion on the liberal arts in western Illinois. It’s affiliated with the Presbyterian Church but pretty much “purely in the name.” A “well-rounded” curriculum offers “a taste of everything.” There are “a lot of double majors.”

Overview

Applicants
2,973
Acceptance Rate
64%
Average HS GPA
3.20

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

Small Monmouth College is a “quaint” bastion on the liberal arts in western Illinois. It’s affiliated with the Presbyterian Church but pretty much “purely in the name.” A “well-rounded” curriculum offers “a taste of everything.” There are “a lot of double majors.” Most students major in at least one career-focused program like business and education. Hard sciences are popular, too. “A smaller group indulges in the humanities” as well as art and music. Monmouth offers “hands-on experience in scientific research” and “takes time to locate jobs” for graduates. The administration can be “uptight” but it’s fine otherwise. “I feel comfortable going directly to a dean or even the president if there is a problem,” says an art major. The faculty is full of “extremely well-qualified” professors. “Classes are small and are personal.” “Discussions and lectures are very engaging.” “You can interact with your professors a lot easier than in a larger school,” asserts an education major. “The workload is not difficult.” “Only during midterms and finals do you see people freaking out,” observes a sophomore. “My overall academic experience has been pretty good,” reflects a senior. “You can get mediocre grades and pass through Monmouth if that is what you desire, but you can also challenge yourself.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
125
with Terminal Degree
91

66
Men
59
Women
10
Minority
3
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Harold A. Poling
Retired CEO, Ford Motor Co.

Patricia Hoffstetter
Retired judge; first woman judge of the California Judges Association

Dwight Tierney
Co-founder, MTV

Kunal Kapoor
President & CIO, Morningstar Investment Services

Mattie Hunter
Illinois State Senator

Key Yang
Korean diplomat and author, division chief for the Library of Congress

Redonna Rodgers
Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship (Milwaukee)

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
82
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,370

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,199

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,638

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,077

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
88%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,233

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$31,500
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$500
Transportation for Commuters
$600

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

There are “a lot of people” from Chicago and the Quad Cities as well as many students “from smaller rural and surrounding towns.” Ethnic diversity is meager. Depending on who you talk to, minority students on campus either “don’t seem to have trouble fitting in” or “do not find it enjoyable to remain at Monmouth.” There is a smattering of commuters here but, mostly, it’s your “stereotypical college student.” The majority is “really involved in a lot of extracurricular activities” “I am involved in at least seven,” reckons a junior,” It’s very easy to get involved, which I love.” Overall, students “have a lot in common.” “I would venture to say that the typical Monmouth College student is a jock of some type, involved in a sporting activity,” submits a senior. “Students here generally fit into a clique,” adds a sophomore, “jocks, artsy kids, theater kids, international kids, the politically conscious, the fraternities and sororities, and the music kids.” These different groups “very rarely commingle.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,256
Out of State
8%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

1.23%
Asian
13.32%
African-American
9.64%
Hispanic
69.04%
Caucasian
4.74%
Unknown
2.37%
International

55% female
45% male
8% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Monmouth is a fairly laidback, small-town kind of college, the kind of place where everybody turns up for Homecoming.” The “brick-themed” campus is “charming.” The athletic facilities are “superb.” While some describe their on-campus housing as “amazing,” others tell us “Monmouth could improve the underclassmen dorms.” There are more than 80 clubs and organizations. “Nearly half the campus is involved in at least one intercollegiate sport,” swears a junior. The Turkey Bowl—the annual football game against archrival Knox—is big and “a fierce athletic pride” for every Fighting Scots team permeates. “The entertainment offered by the campus is usually boring, giving off a school-sanctioned vibe.” Mostly, life is dominated by a “really big” Greek scene. “Frat parties are popular,” as are a handful of bars. Monmouth’s “close-knit” atmosphere can be “almost suffocating.” There is “more drama than necessary.” The “small town” location offers “hardly anything to do for fun.” While some students say being “in a smaller town… brings the student body closer together,” others say “we often go else where for entertainment.” Sometimes, students “drive to Galesburg to go to Wal-Mart (which is a sad testament to entertainment in and of itself) or the movie theater.” Macomb (home to Western Illinois University) and both Peoria and the Quad Cities are also reasonably close.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
85

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
68
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
4

26% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

44% participate in intramural sports
29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Fighting Scots)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Fighting Scots)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: The Army ROTC program is located at the University of Western Illinois (Macomb).

Sustainability

Green Rating
77

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
18

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Angela Reimolds
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
700 East Broadway
Monmouth College
Momouth, IL 61462

Phone
309-457-2132

Email
admissions@monmouthcollege.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Stockdale Student Center
Hewes Library (including Einstein's Bagel Shop)
Huff Athletic Center
The Educational Garden and New Farm
The Center for Science and Business (our new academic building)
The nature trail at LeSuer Nature Preserve offers many opportunities for recreation and scientific study. The new Monmouth College athletic fields are available for team practice, of course, but also open to ad hoc student groups and individuals. The college's educational garden draws student volunteers as well as students who simply seek a quiet, peaceful place to study.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Petey's Restaurant
Seminary Street shopping area
State parks along the MIssissippi River
Quad Cities parks, cafes, museums, shops
Sandburg Mall and Henderson Street
Chicago is a three-hour train ride from Monmouth (Galesburg, nearby, has an Amtrack station). The Mississippi River is twenty minutes to the west, and the Quad Cities forty minutes to the north.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@monmouthcollege.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
only during senior year and only during academic year

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The closest regional airports are in Moline (Quad-Cities) and Peoria. Taxi service is available in Monmouth. Galesburg, Illinois, which is 15 miles east of Monmouth, has an Amtrack station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Available at http://www.monmouthcollege.edu/information/location

Local Accommodations
AmericInn, Monmouth Super 8 Motel, Monmouth
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Key Stats

2,973
Applicants
1,256
Size
64%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists