McKendree University Reviews
I liked McKendree, but my overall feeling about my degree, the time it took to get there and the cost of it, is not very high. I think there are some people there that care, there are teachers that will work with you to help you achieve your objective. I did find that many of their teachers were more helpful then at the community college level, where they only see you as a dollar sign. However McKendree's cost is very high and they always seem to be getting into your pocket, or have their hand out. They want you to donate back to the school upon graduation as a graduation gift, I'm sorry what have you done with the 300/ credit hour you have been getting? Now you need a donation for scholarships and maintenence? I am sorry but, no. They need to stream line things and get their cost down. The economy is rough folks, get with the times!
McKendree's Biology program is geared toward student success. The faculty are invested in their students and do their best to make themselves available whenever help is needed. Because McKendree is a smaller university, the teachers are able to devote individual time to students in need of extra assistance. They also offer significant help with writing and student tutoring to ensure student success. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking for a caring staff that is willing to help your pursue your future every step of your college journey.
From the outside looking in, McKendree is a great school, beautiful campus and professors seem great until you're actually a student. As a graduation requirement, you have to have 360 internship hours and your adviser has to sign off and approve you to work at a certain location and it supposed to help you write learning objectives but I ended up finding an internship on my own and I had to keep emailing my adviser every week to remind her I sent learning objective drafts that needed to be perfected. The housing process is in dire need of reform. The way the housing lottery works is, it takes place over a course of 3 days in March, based on your seniority, grades, and credit hours, however I find this to be false information. (I was a B average senior and I had a housing number of 300 when all of my peers were in the 100's.) Your housing lottery number will be sent to you via email which you have to print out and bring to the lottery on your assigned day. The lower the number, the closer to the top of the list you are, granting you first pick at where you want to live. They have a PowerPoint on a screen of all the housing options and are supposedly marked when rooms and buildings are no longer available. When you sign up for a place to live with certain people, you are not emailed a confirmation until July so if something goes wrong, you only have a month to get it straightened out and one housing director particularly isn't very nice or helpful in getting things straightened out. Campus life is awful, there is nothing to do and EVERYONE goes home on the weekends. Yes, St. Louis is close and there are things to do outside of campus but no one is ever on campus to go with. Athletics is McKendree's biggest priority. We have THREE fitness facilities but they are for athletics and it's REALLY intimidating to go in there when all the athletes are working out so I'm confined to the little fitness room off of New Halls to work out which has three treadmills, two stationary bikes, and three ellipticals. Academically speaking, the course work isn't that challenging, professors spend a lot of the time getting off topic and if you have questions on actual material they avoid your question and look at you like you are dumb so then they wonder why I stopped asking questions. If you are just there for academics I suggest going to a different school because you will be a nobody. I've had a terrible experience and if I had to do it over again, I would've just went to a state school in my home state and commuted versus living so far away, being by myself every weekend, and not getting help I need from professors and advisers.
It was a great institution for collaborative learning. Small campus, which made it easy to meet people, and the professors are very accessible to their students.
If you want to take classes online, good luck, it will cost you. After hitting the tuition assistance cap from the cost of the $250 per credit hour class, you will have to pay a $50 per hour technology fee. Simple math equals $150-$200 out of your pocket and that doesn't even include your books.