McPherson, founded in 1888, is a private, church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 23-acre campus is located in McPherson, 60 miles north of Witchita.

Website: www.mcpherson.edu/

Private
Co-ed
673
Undergraduate
Students
(38.5%) 259 Women
(69.2%) 466 Men
8
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
27% of 759 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.20
SAT Math
480-550 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
583 average
550-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
22 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$42,496
Tuition and Fees
$28,951
Room and Board
$8,789
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Freshman Award
$25,862
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,615
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
43
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 44% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

McPherson Population
13,218
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
66% of all students
Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Bulldog
Sororities
75% of women participate
Fraternities
50% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
2.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2% Asian
12.8% Black/African-American
14.3% Hispanic/Latino
0.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.3% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students
1.5% from 16 countries
First-Year Students Returning
63.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
29.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
94%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
5.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English    
Mathematics    
Science    
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1600 East Euclid
City, State, Zip
McPherson, KS 67460-1402
Phone
(620) 242-0400
Fax
(620) 241-8443 x1270
E-mail
admiss@mcpherson.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
27% of 759 applicants were admitted
Women
26% of 256 applicants were admitted
Men
27% of 503 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
202 (100%) of 202 admitted students enrolled
Women
66 (100%) of 66 admitted students enrolled
Men
136 (100%) of 136 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.20
3.75 and Above
21%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
19%
2.00 - 2.49
12%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
480-550 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
8%
Score of 500 - 600
64%
Score of 400 - 500
28%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
583 average
550-630 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
38%
Score of 500 - 600
62%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
22 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
1%
Score of 24 - 29
22%
Score of 18 - 23
76%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 7%
Top quarter: 29%
Top half: 63%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$42,496
Tuition and Fees
$28,951
Room and Board
$8,789
Books and Supplies
$1,420
Other Expenses
$3,336
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001933
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
171 (85.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
171 (100.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
171 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
42 (24.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Award
$25,862
Need-Based Gift
Received by 122 (71.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,842
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 145 (84.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,022
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 171 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
18 (9.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,933

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
558 (85.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
558 (100.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
558 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
129 (23.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
82%
Average Award
$24,898
Need-Based Gift
Received by 372 (66.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,722
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 467 (83.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,746
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 558 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
54 (8.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,626

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
86%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,615
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
15.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Business/Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Interior Design
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Engineering technologies, Biological/life sciences, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
43
Part-Time Faculty
4
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
68%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 44% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 20% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 43% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Not accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Not available

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
301,126
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
190
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


McPherson Population
13,218
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
26 acres

Weather

Temperature
19.2 average low in January, 86.8 average high in September
Rain
86 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Salina
Nearest Train Station
25 mile(s) from campus in Hutchinson

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
66% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
25%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Not available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Not available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
Security cameras

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Bulldog
School Colors
Cardinal red and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, student activities board, student government association, cars club, business club, multicultural student association
Sororities
75% of women participate
Fraternities
50% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
673
Women
259 (38.5%)
Men
466 (69.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
673
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
2.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2% Asian
12.8% Black/African-American
14.3% Hispanic/Latino
0.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
64.3% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students.
1.5% from 16 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
8

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
63.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
29.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
33.8%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
35.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
94%
Average Starting Salary
94%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
5.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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