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Monmouth College

 

My bride and I took yesterday off from the law mines to attend the Honors Awards ceremonies at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, in which our twenty-one year old “baby girl” was participating.  (Fortunately our daughter inherited both her looks and her brains from her mother rather than me.)  The ceremony was wonderful.  You haven’t lived until you have seen an academic procession, led by a student clad in a plaid mortarboard and a white gown carrying the American flag, conducted as bagpipers play Scotland the Brave.

Founded in 1853 by Scottish Presbyterians, Monmouth was co-ed from the first.  During the Civil War its student body was almost entirely female when male students, and many of the faculty, enlisted as a body in the Union Army.  Two of them would earn Medals of Honor during the conflict.

It is a fine school offering degrees in most areas for undergraduates.  Its tuition is a scary 35K a year.  However, Monmouth works hard at making the college affordable.  I have never paid more than 8000 a year out of pocket at Monmouth.  That contrasts to the approximately 21000 a year I was paying out each year for the undergraduate education of my son at my alma mater, the University of Illinois.  This comes about due to the mixture of scholarship and grants awarded to our daughter.   In that she was by no means exceptional, as some 95% of the student body receives assistance to make Monmouth one of the better academic choices for families on a budget.  Our daughter will graduate almost entirely debt free.

More important than the cost is the quality of education which is quite superior.  Our daughter loves Monmouth and if I had known about it back in 2010, our son probably would have attended there also.

The campus is lovely and there is a good alum support system after college for Monmouth grads.  The total student body is about one thousand, perfect for students who do not want to be lost in the crowd.  Our daughter reports good one on one interaction with her professors.

I heartily recommend Monmouth to any parent looking for a good college for their offspring at a reasonable cost.

Go here to find out more about it.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

3 Comments

  1. The ceremony you described sounded so beautiful. Congratulations to your daughter and her parents. A mighty fine pick, Monmouth.

    The bagpipes. I haven’t thought of them since my mother’s funeral Mass last November. When Father ended Mass with the great commission, a lone bagpipe artison clad in his kilt, started his rendition of Amazing Grace. The whole Taylor clan, invisible to us, accompanied the living as we said our so-long to a great Saint, our Joan, our mom.

    Not a dry eye in the chapel.

    I imagine that a tear or two was shed by the McClarey clan as they witnessed their daughter being honored for her commitment to excellence.

    A remarkable instrument, the bagpipes. Able to stir and sooth the soul instantaneously.
    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. Thank you, Philip. I knew I could count on you to say the right thing. Thank you, Donald McClarey. Congratulations to you daughter for a job well done.

  3. I took a glance at the website, but from your description, it sounds like Alma College in Alma, MI, where our oldest is going. His ACT was not stellar, but he received a nice scholarship anyway. Perhaps Monmouth is a place for the middle child. I’ll have to bookmark this for later use.

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