Facts & Stats

900 students from 28 states and 21 countries. 90 percent of our faculty hold the highest degrees in their field. 10 to 1 student-faculty ratio. 92 percent of students live on campus, 1853 was the year we were founded. 98 percent of our students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation. 1 traditional Scottish pipe band. 14 average class size. 99 percent of students receive a scholarship or financial assistance. 6th oldest rivalry in college football.

Quick facts

Location: Monmouth, Illinois; population (2010) 9,091

Nearest Cities: Quad Cities — Rock Island, Moline and East Moline, Ill.; Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa — (45 miles); Peoria, Illinois (65 miles)

Enrollment: 900 students from 21 countries and 28 states

Demographics: 50% men, 50% women; 92% live on campus; 35% American minorities and international students

Calendar: Semester (two 17-week terms and two 2-week Scots Terms)

Areas of Study: 40 majors, 43 minors, 17 pre-professional tracks

Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Student-Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Average Class Size: 14 (79% of classes have fewer than 20 students)

Campus: 112 acres, including a 33-acre nature preserve and athletic park and a six-acre Educational Garden & Farm.

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.


Our mission

As an undergraduate liberal arts institution we exist to:

  • Prepare students for rich personal and professional lives.
  • Prepare students for positions of leadership, service and global citizenship.
  • Promote awareness and exploration of sometimes contradictory principles existing in democracy, equality and freedom.
  • Create and maintain a learning environment which is value-centered, intellectually challenging, aesthetically inspiring, and culturally diverse. This includes:
    • Providing students with a four-year general education program, in-depth study in the major, and a rich array of co-curricular activities.
    • Fostering the discovery of connections among disciplines and of larger patterns of meaning.
    • Promoting an understanding of a value system that is shaped by individual and collective experiences. 
  • Explore the spiritual dimension of human existence and the relationship between faith and knowledge.
  • Introduce students to multiple perspectives on the human condition and promote self-awareness of global perspectives both through the curriculum and through campus life.
  • Foster and promote intellectual inquiry and critical analysis through mentoring relationships characterized by individual attention.
  • Develop creativity and skills in written and oral communication and artistic expression.
  • Understand the methods of inquiry and expression in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.