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 college we recognize the close relationship of faculty and students to be fundamental to our learning environment.

As a community of learners we strive to create and sustain an environment that is value-centered, intellectually challenging, aesthetically inspiring, and culturally diverse; and we hold as central our commitment to liberal arts education and to one another.

We integrate a four year program of general education with in-depth study in the major and a rich array of co-curricular activities in order to foster the discovery of connections among disciplines and larger patterns of meaning. Through these experiences, we help our students explore multiple perspectives on the human condition and prepare ourselves for rich personal and professional lives … for leadership, citizenship and service in the global community.

Monmouth College was founded in 1853 by pioneering Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. As a campus community we honor that heritage and value religious diversity as we explore the spiritual dimension of human existence and the relationship between faith and knowledge.

As both observers and participants we seek to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the creative tension that exists among the principles of democracy, pluralism, equality, and freedom in our nation and beyond.

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.