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Methodist College 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 Medical Center 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.

Academic Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

  • Generalist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Executive Nurse Leader
  • Prelicensure

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Prelicensure
  • Accelerated Prelicensure
  • Second Degree

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Science in Medical and Life Sciences

Medical Assistant Certificate

Nursing Assistant Certificate

Gerontology Certificate

IPEDS Reports

Source: IPEDS National Center for Education Statistics

2019 IPEDS Data Feedback Report (National Center for Education Statistics) (PDF)

Fall 2020  Enrollment*

Total Enrollment: 595
Undergraduate Enrollment: 557
Graduate Enrollment: 38


53% Full-time | 47% Part-time

89% Female | 10% Male

26% Minority

Pell Recipient- 40%

Veteran Status - 3.0%

In-state - 96% | Out-of-state - 4%

Fall 2020 Census Enrollment Profile (pdf)

*Methodist College Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Retention Rates

50% of the first-time, full-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who enrolled in Fall 2018 returned in Fall 2019. 

78% of all undergraduate students new to Methodist College Fall of 2018 returned in Fall of 2019 (excludes Nursing Assistant students)

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
 2017 3YR Official 3.5%
 2016 3YR Official 6.4%
 2015 3YR Official 2.5%

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