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February 2016 Student Advisor


Brenda Tooley from The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama The University of Alabama

Brenda Tooley is the Associate Dean and Director of International Recruitment at Monmouth College. Ms. Tooley has seventeen years of experience in academic administration, international education and international recruitment. She is delighted to work closely with international students as they complete the application process for admission at Monmouth College. She enjoys helping students understand the advantages of study at selective liberal arts colleges, mentoring international students during their time at the college, traveling on behalf of her institution, and hosting students over winter and summer breaks.

Monmouth College is a nationally ranked, selective, residential liberal arts and sciences college of 1200 students in west central Illinois. Monmouth is distinctive for its integrated science and business initiative (located in a beautiful new academic building that houses labs, seminar rooms, an observatory and greenhouse), educational garden and small farm on which students study sustainable agricultural practices, outstanding accounting program, and personalized academic advising system and small classes. Their student-faculty ratio is 11:1; the average class size is 13. Monmouth’s Academic Program includes pre-law, pre-architecture, pre-pharmacy, pre-engineering and pre-med and allied health programs, as well as strong and popular majors in communications and public relations, computer science, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, psychology, accounting, business, international business, environmental science and more. 35 majors are available, plus 30 minors and 16 pre-professional programs. They have traditional liberal arts strengths in history, English, economics, classics and the arts (music, theatre and art), along with a fine education program as well as vibrant programs in journalism and creative writing. Internships are readily available (even required in some majors), with placement assistance provided by the Career and Leadership Center. Many students at Monmouth become involved in undergraduate research during the year and in the summer.

Monmouth College’s campus is nationally renowned for its beauty and almost all students reside on campus during the academic year. With more than 120 active student organizations on campus this year the long tradition of involvement and engagement at Monmouth continues. Monmouth College is located in the charming, very safe and welcoming small town of Monmouth, Illinois, in a lovely and inexpensive region of the United States. The Mississippi River is twelve miles to the west; Chicago is three and a half hours to the north; St. Louis is three and a half hours to the south. There are many ways to get to Monmouth College from all parts of the world. At present, 36 countries are represented on their campus with international students representing slightly more than 7% of their student community.

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