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About the College

Monmouth College is a private, selective, residential, national liberal arts college, offering majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, as well as outstanding academic advising, small, seminar-style classes, varied internship and study abroad opportunities, and summer research experiences to thoughtful, intellectually engaged and ambitious students.

  • Location: Monmouth, Illinois, population 9,091
  • Nearest Cities: Quad Cities—Rock Island, Moline and East Moline, Ill.; Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa—(45 miles); Peoria (65 miles)
  • Enrollment: 1,000 students from 22 countries
  • Demographics: 50% men, 50% women; 91% live on campus; 35% American minorities and international students
  • Calendar: Semester (two 17-week terms and two 2-week Scots Terms)
  • Areas of Study: 35 majors, 42 minors, 17 pre-professional tracks
  • Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
  • Average Class Size: 13 (79% of classes have fewer than 20 students)
  • Campus: 112 acres, including a 33-acre nature preserve/athletic park and a 6-acre educational garden
  • Affiliations & Accreditations: Charter member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, a consortium of leading liberal arts colleges; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); The Annapolis Group; American Chemical Society; Higher Learning Commission.

A selective, nationally ranked college

Established in 1853 by Scotch-Irish Presbyterian pioneers, Monmouth is a nationally ranked, residential, liberal arts college. The College celebrates its history as an outstanding private college dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education.

Believing that equal educational opportunities should be afforded to all who could benefit, Monmouth's founders ignored popular convention by freely admitting women and students of color. On the Monmouth campus were founded two of the earliest and best known fraternities for women, Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Monmouth has a distinguished military history, counting four Medal of Honor recipients among its alumni. It honors the spirit of its founders through its award-winning bagpipe band, a registered tartan, and the winning athletic tradition of the Fighting Scots.

As a community of learners, Monmouth strives to create and sustain an environment that is value-centered, intellectually challenging, aesthetically inspiring, and culturally diverse. The College integrates a four-year program of general education with in-depth study in the major and a rich array of co-curricular activities in order to foster the discovery of connections among disciplines and of larger patterns of meaning. Through these experiences, Monmouth students explore multiple perspectives on the human condition and prepare themselves for rich personal and professional lives – for leadership, citizenship, and service in a global context.

Through observation and participation, the College seeks to deepen students' understanding and appreciation of the creative tension that exists among the principles of democracy, pluralism, equality, and freedom in this nation and beyond.

Monmouth College mission statement