Methodist Colleges in Illinois

Sep 19, 2018

Students can study a wide range of subjects at several different private, Methodist colleges throughout Illinois. Learn about some of these schools in detail, including their tuition rates and spiritual growth opportunities.

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Illinois is home to at least four Methodist postsecondary institutions that vary in size and location. These schools have diverse undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs and extracurricular activities for students. Find out more about a handful of the Methodist schools in the state.

School Comparison

The Methodist colleges in Illinois are 4-year schools and are spread amongst four different cities in the state. Compare these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Greenville University 4-year, private not-for-profit Greenville, IL $26,356
MacMurray College 4-year, private not-for-profit Jacksonville, IL $26,100
McKendree University 4-year, private not-for-profit Lebanon, IL $29,640
North Central College 4-year, private not-for-profit Naperville, IL $37,749

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Methodist Colleges in Illinois

The Methodist colleges in Illinois aim to meet students' academic and spiritual needs by providing a variety of degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities. Compare and contrast some of the unique characteristics of these Methodist colleges to help you make your decision.

Greenville University

In 2017, the NCES reported that Greenville University had close to 990 undergraduate students. The university offers students a handful of graduate degree programs in areas like coaching, special education and management as well as a variety of undergraduate programs in subjects like agribusiness, audio engineering, environmental biology, digital media and health psychology. Students on campus can invest in their spiritual lives through chapel services, world outreach mission opportunities, student outreach opportunities and spiritual leadership programs. Students may also choose to participate in various student groups on campus, such as honor societies, Campus Activities Board, Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

MacMurray College

MacMurray College is an undergraduate institution that has various majors in fields such as deaf and hard of hearing education, homeland security, business analytics, social work and art as well as several pre-professional programs, like pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary and pre-seminary. For their spiritual lives, students can participate in community service and outreach opportunities, convocations and religious organizations on campus, such as FCA and Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC). Other student organizations on campus include, but are not limited to, Student Nurses Association, MacElite Men/Women, Peer Mentor Program, Greek Council, intramurals and MacAvenue Theatre Guild. As of 2017, the college had about 520 students, per the NCES.

McKendree University

McKendree University has a Center for Faith and Spirituality that aims to help students grow spiritually through worship services, service opportunities, mission trips, cross-cultural programs and religious organizations, like FCA, Gospel Choir and Interfaith Group. Students on campus may also be interested in joining other student groups and activities, such as Greek life, intramurals, Anime Club, Film Club, Chess Club, Black Men of McKendree and Bad Movie Club. According to the NCES, the university had a little over 2,100 undergraduate students in 2017. The university offers undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in fields including education, clinical mental health counseling, criminal justice, nursing, athletic training, environmental studies, global studies and occupational therapy.

North Central College

North Central College had around 2,770 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The college provides students with a handful of master's degree programs in areas such as occupational therapy and nonprofit management and leadership as well as a range of undergraduate degree programs, including majors in anthropology, actuarial science, Chinese, neuroscience, religious studies and theatre. Students can further develop their spiritual lives through worship services, spiritual lectures and retreats, Bible studies, prayer groups, service trips, volunteer opportunities and religious organizations, like FCA and United Methodist Student Organization. Other activities and organizations on campus include honor societies, intercultural groups and intramural sports as well as clubs devoted to everything from water polo to forensics and math.

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