Monmouth College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The program of the department of education is approved by the Illinois State Certification Board, 100 North First St., Springfield, IL 62777-0001, 217-782-2805.
Recognizing that no intellectual process is value free, Monmouth College is committed to the values and ecumenical perspective of the Christian faith and encourages its members to explore the implications of those values for their lives and the world. While the College chooses, quite deliberately, to maintain its affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), it welcomes students of all faiths.
"The oldest continuous mission of the Presbyterian Church in the United States beyond the congregation is our mission in higher education." - 203rd General Assembly Minutes, 1991
In 1726 a Presbyterian minister named William Tennent Sr. gathered students into a log house in Neshaminy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. So began a Presbyterian Church mission in higher education that has continued uninterrupted for over a quarter of a millennium.
Monmouth College began as an academy founded by the Associate Reformed Presbytery of Illinois in 1853. Two years later, the Second Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod of Illinois decided to raise the academy to the rank of a college. In 1859, following the merger of the Associate and Associate Reformed churches, control of the college was vested in the United Presbyterian Synod.
In 1858 Monmouth College became home to the United Presbyterian Theological Seminary of the Northwest, which was removed to Xenia, Ohio, in 1874. Today, although its governance is no longer under the control of the church, Monmouth College retains a close affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) continues its commitment to higher education by providing a quality experience to more than 140,000 students at 72 PC (U.S.A.) related schools, colleges and universities across the country.
To increase the range of opportunities for its members while retaining the advantages of smallness, Monmouth and thirteen other colleges similar in kind and purpose compose a consortium, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).
These colleges, located in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as in Illinois, together offer programs which singly they could not. These provide opportunities, described in the section titled Off-Campus Study, for members of the College to engage in a remarkable range of off-campus study projects, both in this country and overseas, for a semester or an academic year.
Monmouth College is also a member of the Annapolis Group. The Annapolis Group comprises approximately 130 leading national independent liberal arts colleges that have similar interests and concerns centering on the values of liberal arts education that inform their missions. The Annapolis Group provides a forum for member institutions to share best practices, seek higher levels of excellence, and advance the cause of liberal arts education on a national scale.
Monmouth is a proud member of Strive for College, an organization dedicated to providing resources to assist first generation students with their college search. For prospective students, Strive is a free online community where aspiring college students connect with dedicated mentors to receive one-on-one guidance and support through the college admissions and financial aid application process. In addition to a dedicated mentor, Strivers also have access to exclusive, data-based college matching tools and custom resources specifically for first-generation college students.
Chemistry at Monmouth is an approved baccalaureate program by the American Chemical Society.