Founded in 1853 by pioneering Scotch-Irish Presbyterians, Monmouth College brought the blessings of civilization to the people of the rough frontier and spoke of traditional values to those who were shaping a new world. Though today our life knows different frontiers, the College still thinks of its purpose as its founders did—preserving and celebrating the traditions that have been entrusted to it while promoting discovery and investigation. Although the student body today includes many who come from far beyond western Illinois, Today, through its Midwest Matters initiative, Monmouth continues to have a strong sense of identity the region in which it is proudly rooted.
Unusual for the time, Monmouth College was created a coeducational institution. Indeed, it was one of the first colleges to give women equality with men, and, not surprisingly, women’s interests have been prominent in the College’s history.
- Location: Monmouth, Illinois, population 9,900
- Nearest cities: Quad Cities—Rock Island, Moline and East Moline, Ill.; Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa—(45 miles) Peoria (65 miles)
- Enrollment: 1,321 students
- Demographics: 48% men, 52% women; 93% live on campus
- Calendar: Semester (Two 17-week terms)
- Areas of Study: 33 majors, 30 minors, 16 pre-professional programs
- Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
- Student/Faculty ratio: 14:1
- Average class size: 18 (55% of classes have fewer than 20 students)
- Campus: 106 acres, including a 33-acre nature preserve / athletic park
- Affiliations & Accreditations: Charter member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of leading liberal arts colleges; Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); American Chemical Society; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913.