Midstate College

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With origins that date back to 1857, Midstate College today is a small, private vocational school and proprietary college in Peoria, Ill. It began as a commercial school, which combined with a similar school in 1868. The merged pair was bought by Jacksonville Business College principal George Brown and named Brown’s Business College of Commerce.

More than a century later, in November 1999, Midstate received approval as a four-year institution, initially offering a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. The school’s Arline H. Bunch Business Center opened in January 2002.


Midstate today offers a variety of degrees: undergraduate programs in business administration, accoiunting, computer information systems, health services management, realtime reporting and law and social justice; associates degrees in administrative professional studies, business administration, business computer accounting, computer and information science, health information technology, medical assistant studies and paralegal studies; and diploma programs in medical coding specialist studies, medical office technician studies, medical transcription studies and office assistant studies.

The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Midstate offers a variety of options to help students meet their financial obligations. These include state programs (the Monetary Award Program, which provides need-based grants to undergraduate students), federal programs (Pell Grant Program, Supplemental Educational Grant Opportunity Program, Work-Study and Direct Loans), scholarships (Alumni Scholarship, Entrance Exam Excellence Scholarship, First Time Full Time Scholarship, High School Scholarship, Merit Transfer Scholarship, Realtime Reporting Student Scholarship), and G.I. Bill of Rights funds.


There are no campus sports teams or athletic clubs

Library System

The Barbara Fields Memorial Library is located in the R. Dale Bunch Student Center, containing books, periodicals and other educational materials. Computers are also available for student use. The library has a combination of agreements and reciprocal borrowing relationships with other institutions that offer access to materials that are not available on the school’s campus. In addition, the library subscribes to several online research resources offering immediate access to digital information.

In addition, the library houses the Hammond Reference Collection. Named for the family of former executive vice president Arline Bunch and her sister Zelma Hammond Shoemaker, former college librarian, the collection is made up of reference information resources.

Student Housing

There is no student housing on Midstate’s campus. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing.


Midstate College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The North Central Association is designated as a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

General Information

Main Address
411 W Northmoor Rd
Peoria, IL 61614-3558
(309) 692-4092
Toll Free: (800) 251-4299
Fax: (309) 692-3893
[email protected]

For more information about Midstate College’s graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit their website at, http://www.midstate.edu/admissions/consumer.php. Please note that financial aid is only available for those who qualify and is not guaranteeed.

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