What We Believe

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Our Mission

Eureka College, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is a liberal arts and science institution which also provides professional programs with a liberal arts emphasis. The College exists to cultivate excellence in learning, service, and leadership. The College fosters the mutual development of intellect and character so that the members of our community may lead meaningful, productive lives and succeed in their professional and social roles.

Eureka College believes in

  • Learning which informs and inspires built on honor and respect for ourselves and others
  • Community at our heart reflecting service that is selfless
  • Informed decision-making and communication which involves and unites.
  • Focused stewardship of our precious resources of time, talent, and treasure
  • Driven by leadership which will inspire the world to reach excellence and nothing less

Our Goals

The true purpose of education is to realize the potential of the whole person. At Eureka College the student’s potential is realized not only by the accumulation of knowledge but also by challenging experiences, both in the classroom and in co-curricular activities. The educational experience at Eureka College is designed to help the student achieve ten goals:

  • Development of the intellect: the ability to analyze, compare, evaluate and reason, and the ability to deal with abstract concepts.
  • Development of communication skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, visual communication, and mathematics.
  • Development of aesthetic awareness through encounters with great works of art, music, and literature, and through self-expression in the arts.
  • Development of cultural awareness through knowledge of the outstanding events and personalities of our common heritage.
  • Development of understanding of the natural environment as revealed by science and the social environment created by human cultures.
  • Development of physical fitness, alertness, and vitality.
  • Development of competence in at least one academic or professional field.
  • Development of greater social awareness and a greater sense of personal responsibility through participation in a community of living and learning.
  • Development of personal values based on an awareness of the various challenges facing the individual, the family, the community, the nation, and the world, with an effort to find the best solutions proposed by various thinkers of our cultural heritage.
  • Involvement in the search for ways to use knowledge in leadership and service to further the welfare of humanity.

Equipping Leaders

Over the years, Eureka College has grown to be known as much for its leadership development as it has for its academic excellence. Eureka’s roots date back to abolitionist pioneers from Kentucky who came to Central Illinois to establish an education steeped in values-based leadership. They believed that an education, combined with faith and values, would help shape the leaders for generations to come. Their vision has shown outstanding results for more than 160 years.

Eureka College was founded by leaders. Exceptional leaders. Leaders ahead of their time.

Leaders who believed women have the right to a college education. Eureka College was the third college in the nation and the first in Illinois to admit men and women on an equal basis.