Quick Facts

Methodist College's history began in 1900 with the Deaconesses of the Methodist Episcopal Church who established a hospital and nurse training school in Peoria, Illinois. Re-envisioned as a college,  Methodist College of Nursing was established in 2000, and was later renamed Methodist College. It  is a private institution located in Peoria, Illinois, focused on nursing, health science, and human services education. Methodist College offers academic excellence, and our baccalaureate and master level degree programs help prepare students for successful careers in healthcare. 

Methodist College is a four-year college affiliated with UnityPoint Health, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The baccalaureate and master's degree nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Methodist College's academic programs combine classroom based studies, research and dynamic real-world clinical experience. General education courses incorporate nursing and health science concepts for students to transition seamlessly into their desired program. Students benefit from smaller class sizes, greater individualized attention with faculty members and the support of other like-minded, goal-oriented students.

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Academic Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

  • Generalist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Executive Nurse Leader

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

  • Healthcare Administration
  • Concentration in Leadership (Completion Degree)

Certificate in Medical Assistant

Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Certificate in Gerontology

Fall 2017 Enrollment

Source: IPEDS National Center for Education Statistics

2018 IPEDS Data Feedback Report (National Center for Education Statistics) (PDF)

Total Enrollment: 681
Undergraduate Enrollment: 675
Graduate Enrollment: 6

Undergraduate Demographics:

45% Full-time | 55% Part-time

88% Female | 12% Male

20% Minority

9 Students received Veterans Education Benefits

41 Full-time faculty |  32 Part-time faculty

Student to faculty ratio: 8 to 1

Financial Aid Information (all undergraduate students):

60% Receive Grant or Scholarship Aid*
46% Receive Pell Grants
83% Receive Federal Student Loans

*Grant of scholarship aid includes aid received from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

Retention Rates

84% of the first-time, full-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who enrolled in Fall 2016 returned in Fall 2017. 

Source: Methodist College Office of Institutional Research

Methodist College Cohort Default Rate History

The cohort default rate, which measures the number of student loan borrowers from a given institution who default on their loans within three years of beginning repayment, is used by the Department of Education to determine a college's eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs.

Methodist College Cohort Default Rate History

Fiscal Year Rate Type Rate

2015 3YR Official 2.5%

2014 3YR Official 3.8%

2013 3YR Official 1.8%

For more information, please contact the Methodist College Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at (309) 672-5511.