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Morthland College

Morthland College (MC) is a private Classical Christian Liberal Arts college in West Frankfort, Illinois, United States. The school was founded in 2009 by Dr. Tim Morthland and opened in 2011 as a small, co-educational liberal arts college. The college has an enrollment of approximately forty students and confers degrees in Biblical Studies, Classics, and Business Administration. Morthland College athletic teams are known as the Patriots. The college is a member of the NCCAA in the Division-II Mid-East Region.



202 E Oak St
West Frankfort
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Morthland College was founded by Dr. Tim Morthland in 2009. Dr. Morthland pioneered the institution of a Christian college in the region, founded on the principles of scholarship and Christianity. He began gathering support for the school and on March 29, 2009, seventy community members met in West Frankfort to discuss the subject of building a Christian college in Southern Illinois. In October 2009, the institution was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and it was certified by the IRS in March 2010 with 501C3 status. Dr. Morthland and the board of trustees appointed 32 faculty members who embrace the Christian values of the college. On October 5, 2010, Morthland College when the college was given approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to operate. As part of the IBHE approval process, the college received a thorough review that included: site visits and meetings, and analysis of the course catalog and offerings. The college began recruiting its first students to begin the following fall semester. Morthland set an enrollment cap of 100 students for the first year but a five-year goal of 500 students. The college opened offices in downtown West Frankfort, planned to hold classes at the community high school, library and park district buildings. Morthland College initial programs of study included the BA in Biblical Studies and the BA in Classics. Morthland held opening ceremonies on August 15, 2011. The ceremony marked the official opening of the college and included speeches and prayers from Dr. Morthland, faculty, and guest speakers. Classes began the next day on August 16, 2011 with 11 full and part-time students enrolled in two degrees programs, a Bachelor of Arts in Classics or a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. The college utilized two classrooms and a computer lab in its administration building on Main Street in West Frankfort. In October 2011, the college received approval from the IBHE to offer a BA in Business Administration to begin in the 2012-13 academic year. In early 2012, Morthland announced further expansion, adding an athletic department with five initial sports. In the summer to 2012, the college continued expansion efforts and looked to purchase the historic former Elks building located at Oak and Emma Streets in West Frankfort. The four-story, 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) building was built in 1923; it would house administrative offices, faculty offices, chapel, student commons, and a kitchen and student area. The college's enrollment increased to over forty students in the fall semester, up from the original 11 in the first year of the college

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The mission of Morthland College is to provide a premier liberal arts education to a diversity of learners within a setting committed to Christ, Wisdom, Tradition, and Heritage. Morthland is faith-based and inter-denominational with founding principles rooted in the centrality of Jesus Christ, His Word, and the Church. We embrace Wisdom by forming a community of scholars who affirm our core values and continue to engage in academic discourse. We endorse Tradition in the learning process by encouraging the consonance of Biblical instruction with a broad education. We uphold Heritage by recognizing the Christian foundations of our country and by preparing students to contribute to society in the spirit of servant leadership.