Founded by Methodist pioneer circuit riders in 1828, McKendree University provides a high-quality education to outstanding students in a friendly, nurturing and inclusive environment. The university values responsible citizenship, engagement, academic excellence and lifelong learning. A 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, research opportunities and experiential learning contribute to a robust academic environment. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate majors in a rigorous, broad-based curriculum. Co-curricular activities include study abroad, a nationally ranked speech and debate team, music groups, community service, cultural immersion and mission trips, honor societies and Greek life. Bearcat student-athletes compete in 33 men’s and women’s sports, including recent national champion bass fishing and women’s bowling teams. McKendree is a member of NCAA Division II, competing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.