Midwest Matters Initiative
In the fall of 2009, Monmouth College announced the Midwest Matters initiative. Through this initiative the College seeks to
contribute an academic voice to the conversation about the
revitalization of the region within an increasingly globalized world.
Midwest Matters initiative is continually growing and changing.
Check back often for news, events, and resources.
Monmouth College's Midwestern Roots
Founded in 1853 as a Presbyterian academy, with the primary intent
of producing educated teachers and clergy to serve the practical and
spiritual needs of a pioneer religious community on the edge of the
Western frontier, Monmouth College was from its beginning also
embraced by the larger local community of industrialists, farmers,
lawyers and other professionals. They recognized the benefits that a
higher-education institution would bring to Western Illinois, and
generously supported it, both financially and with their
professional expertise. Through the past century and a half, that
commitment by the community has not diminished, nor has the
college’s commitment to the community in which it resides. Although
it has grown to become a nationally-ranked liberal arts college,
Monmouth College maintains a strong local focus and prides itself on
admitting local students of promise—many of whom, because of
circumstances beyond their control, would otherwise have difficulty
attaining the benefits of a private college education.