Our Mission & Values

Our mission

Monmouth College provides a transformative educational experience within a caring community of learners. As a residential liberal arts college, we empower students to realize their full potential, live meaningful lives, pursue successful careers, and shape their communities and the world through service and leadership.

Our values

At Monmouth College we:

  • believe the liberal arts changes lives, creating committed learners capable of exploring their passions, solving difficult problems, and understanding their responsibilities to society;
  • value open and critical inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge, by engaging with ideas in their complexity and contradictions, and by confronting our own assumptions;
  • pride ourselves in close professional relationships among faculty, staff, and students that challenge and nurture students in their personal development;
  • steward the place and legacy entrusted to us, by creating a community that is intellectually and aesthetically inspiring, culturally rich, globally connected, and environmentally sustainable;
  • foster diversity in our curriculum, our community, and beyond, committing ourselves to confronting injustice and building more equitable and inclusive practices, policies, and systems;
  • embody the highest standards of ethics, integrity, accountability, and respect;
  • embrace the plurality of worldviews and religious commitments that our community represents and honor our Presbyterian heritage.

Our core competencies

Through their curricular and co-curricular experiences, students at Monmouth College will learn to:

  1. Inquire & Analyze: Break complex problems into component parts; pursue knowledge by exploring relevant ideas, experiences, and data; analyze evidence; and come to informed conclusions.
  1. Synthesize & Create: Synthesize what they have learned; bring concepts together to generate new ideas; develop creative responses; and solve problems.
  1. Communicate & Interpret: Express their ideas in written and oral communication clearly and effectively; extract and construct meaning from texts, numerical data, artistic expressions, and experiences.
  1. Become Engaged Learners: Engage with problems and issues in their relevant contexts; examine the roles that intercultural sensitivity and diversity play as they come into relationship with others and communities; understand how societal forces and global systems affect and shape cultures; and reflect on and interpret their learning, including its moral and ethical implications.