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Welcome to Monmouth College.
Where every day is a great day to be a Scot. 

Recipe for success

If you’ve been on our campus visit or met any of our alumni, you already know that Monmouth is a special place. We’re not totally sure what the perfect recipe for college life is, but we’re pretty sure it includes a heaping cup of feeling like home, an excellent liberal arts education, great relationships with faculty and a dash of bagpipes

Welcome to our (virtual) home.

We are a private, residential, national liberal arts college, offering majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. We have small, seminar-style classes, awesome internship and study-abroad opportunities, and summer research experiences for thoughtful, intellectually engaged and ambitious students.

Whew, that is a lot!

It’s a lot because we give our students the very best college experience. 

Cue the cupola 

You may have seen our cupola floating around in your email, on an Instagram post or on a postcard that arrived in the mail. It’s kind of our thing.

We were established in 1853 by Scotch-Irish Presbyterian pioneers who wanted to give everyone an outstanding undergraduate education. The cupola is our symbol, designed from our favorite building on campus, Wallace Hall. We celebrate that symbol and history by creating a campus community that makes our students successful.

As a community of learners, Monmouth strives to sustain an environment that is value-centered, intellectually challenging, aesthetically inspiring (hello, beautiful campus) and culturally diverse. We start with a four-year program of general education, student and faculty research beginning as early as your first year and all the cocurricular activities you could want. Through these experiences, we prepare our students for rich personal and professional lives of leadership, citizenship and service in a global context.

Founding females 

It wasn’t just our founders who took the lead. Sorority life as we know it was founded at Monmouth. Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma, national women’s sororities – known as the Monmouth Duo – were founded right here. Greek life is one of our largest student communities on campus, but our students are also athletes. musicians, actors, writers and researchers. They truly are the liberal arts in action. 

We honor the spirit of our founders through our bagpipe band, our Scottish tartan and our winning Fighting Scots.

  • “Monmouth is my home and offers me countless opportunities to grow academically and individually. The professors ensure students know that their door is always open, whether it be related to class or just life in general. There is never a lack of activity or energy on campus – it’s always buzzing!”

    Elizabeth Gustafson ’22, Business Administration and Communication Studies
    Elizabeth Gustafson
  • “To me, Monmouth just feels like home. Every professor I’ve talked to, every student I’ve engaged with, and at every event I’ve attended, I have always felt welcomed and like I belong here.”

    Mariah Garzee ’22
    Mariah Garzee
  • “Being able to walk around campus with at least five people saying hello gives me a feeling of closeness and a little home away from home.”

    Erika Cruz ’21, Business & Public Relations
    Erika Cruz
  • “My favorite Monmouth memory was during my sophomore year of volleyball season.  The stands were filled with professors, students and community members. The energy in the gym that night was unreal and really showed how much pride Monmouth has.”

    Renee Rude ’21, Business Administration and Public Relations
    Renee Rude
  • “The connections made on campus between students are unmatched – and we have bagpipes! Every time I hear them, I know I’m home.”

    Thomas Van Alstine ’20, Economics and Spanish
    Thomas Van Alstine
  • “My senior research helped me master my research skills, which helped me keep up with the pace of grad school.”

    Raheem Brown ’16
    Raheem Brown
  • “It’s easy to get lost at a large school, but our faculty and staff at Monmouth will not allow that to happen.”

    Bill Goldsborough ’65
    Bill Goldsborough
  • “Monmouth prepared me for collaborative work through relationships with my peers and mentors.”

    Diana Rubi ’18, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
    Diana Rubi
  • “What I find truly fascinating about politics is that it is all around us; it affects everyday choices, like the foods we eat, the people we associate with, and how we see the world.”

    Andre Audette, Political Science Professor
    Andre Audette
  • “I enjoy teaching at Monmouth because the small class sizes and emphasis on quality teaching allow me to focus more on my students.”

    Amy C. De Farias, History Department Chair
    Amy De Farias
  • “I love working with our students because I see myself in them. They tend not to be entitled, and they typically don’t come from privileged backgrounds. I want their experience to be as impactful as my college was for me.”

    Michelle Simmons, Educational Studies
    Michelle Simmons
  • “Monmouth students are eager, excited and willing to try new things about opportunities presented to them. They’re not as self-conscious as students at bigger schools sometimes are, and I’ve enjoyed tapping into that close-knit, community nature.”

    Bob Simmons, Classics Department Chair
    Bob Simmons
  • “We are fortunate our sons found their way to Monmouth. It is so much more than a place to earn a degree. From classroom, to athletic field, to study abroad, the relationships and experiences have prepared them to adapt and contribute in an ever changing world. Roll Scots!”

    Byron ’88 and Suzan Sondgeroth (Parents of Blake ’17, Lucas ’20 and Reid ’23)
    Byron Sondergroth
  • “My daughter decided to go to Monmouth because of the individual support, the beautiful campus and small class sizes. She has participated in activities that she wouldn’t have had a chance to at a larger college.”

    Kent Barrington
  • “As the parent of an out-of-state student, I was really worried about sending our only child to a college many states away. The day he arrived on campus Monmouth College opened their arms and hearts and took him in. Our son has made lifelong friends and Monmouth will always hold a special place in his heart.”

    Jennifer Cutright (parent of Alexander ’21)
  • “The size of Monmouth is perfect for my daughter because she came from a smaller high school and she got several scholarships. She has fit in very well at Monmouth and she is very happy with her decision, as are her parents.”

    Jennifer Brannon Suman
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