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For Parents

Parents are becoming more involved with the admission process.

We know picking the perfect university for your child is not easy. We’re here to help. Here are two lists that we don’t think any parent of a college-bound student should miss. Get your loved one started with the admission process today!

… But we’re much more personal than that! If you have a question, we have an answer. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (800) BEARCAT or (618) 537-6831, or shoot us an email at

Checklist for Becoming a McKendree Student

Visit Campus. Visiting a college campus is often times the best way to determine if a school is the right fit. We recommend students and families visit campus as early as they like but especially during the junior and senior years. Register to attend a Preview Day or contact your admission counselor to set up an individual visit.

Apply. Your student will need to complete and submit a free, on-line application. They will also need to submit the following:

Submit an official high school 

Submit official ACT or SAT scores if not posted on the official high school transcript

Submit official copies of transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended

Request a a letter of recommendation from the application portal or download the counselor recommendation form and have the high school guidance counselor complete and return it to us (first-year students only)

We will not begin making admission decisions until September 15 of your student’s senior year.

Check for scholarship eligibilty and application deadlines.

File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). File as soon after October 1 of the year preceeding term your student plans to attend McKendree. Contact the financial aid office or your student’s admission counselor for more information regarding the financial aid process. Be sure and list McKendree’s school code which is 001722.

Notification of academic scholarship amounts and financial aid awards will begin in February.

Make that decision. Sign and return the letter of intent along with your tuition deposit by May 1.

$200 non-refundable tuition deposit for all commuters

$400 non-refundable tuition and room damage deposit for all residents

Register and attend a first-year registration session – This summer registration program is designed to help you and your first-year student start the McKendree experience. (first-year students only)

Be sure your transfer student requests a registration with our transfer experts by contacting us at or 618-537-6831.

Complete and return the Confidential Medical Exam - your family physician will need to complete part of it.

Complete and submit the housing application.  The housing application is available in the application portal at after your student submits thier deposit.

Register for New Student Orientation – (first-year students only)