Founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, McMurry University is a vibrant and comprehensive center of undergraduate education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students and graduates. The University enrolls more than 1,000 students and has an average class size of 16. No graduate assistants teach courses and over 91% of our professors have achieved the highest degree in their academic discipline.
Offering a diverse academic curriculum students can choose from 45 majors in the arts, business, education and the sciences as well as our pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, pharmacy, physical therapy and others. The three-week May Term gives students an opportunity to explore a subject outside their major, and the Servant Leadership Program teaches students about ethics and helps develop leadership qualities.
McMurry has over 40 clubs and organizations and 19 intercollegiate sports. Students are engaged with the community and average over 24,000 hours of annual service. Our beautiful campus is located on 52 acres in Abilene, Texas, a city of over 118,000 friendly people.
McMurry is guided by our core values: Christian Faith as the foundation of life, Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life, Learning as the journey of life, Excellence as the goal of life, and Service as the measure of life. Our students are equipped to exceed expectations and go on to make their mark in the world, through service, leadership and success.
McMurry Momentum: Grounded in History, Soaring to the Future
While the McMurry commitment to academic excellence and student engagement continues to flourish in 2014, the current national economic climate and institution specific challenges necessitate a comprehensive planning effort. Widespread buy in of the plan coupled with an across the board implementation and execution of the final Centennial Plan, will be essential to ensure that McMurry University continues to serve its students for a second century.
Characteristics of McMurry University in 2023
McMurry University will exhibit the following characteristics at its Centennial:
- Financial stability with the capacity to withstand any cyclical and economic downturns
- High academic standards
- A diverse student body with a propensity to learn
- An understanding and demonstration of Christian principles and values and a nurturing environment supportive of spiritual growth
- A culture of responsibility and accountability
- Cutting edge programs/experiences to help students envision the future beyond the attainment of a baccalaureate degree
- An opportunity to engage in creative experiences
- An engaged, highly qualified, student-centered faculty and staff
- Supportive and engaged alumni
- Significant local, community, and academic discipline engagement
- A well respected scholar athlete program
- First rate facilities, equipment, technology, and campus
The mission of McMurry University is to provide a Christian liberal arts and professional education that prepares students for a fulfilling life of leadership and service.
The University fulfills this mission by fostering a campus culture that is distinctive in the following ways:
McMurry is shaped by the Christian faith.
As a United Methodist institution grounded in the Wesleyan traditions of intellectual achievement and vital piety, McMurry nurtures and cares for each student as a unique individual, helps students through the many challenges of higher education, and provide the resources necessary to help students grow as whole persons spiritually, emotionally, morally, intellectually, socially, and physically. Our pursuit of academic excellence is supported by our belief that truth, in a universe created by God, is nothing to fear. We honor the Creator when we use our minds for their intended purpose of learning in ways unhindered by prejudice or ignorance.
McMurry provides a liberal arts education to every student.
We believe that the liberal arts are the foundation of an examined, informed, and worthwhile life. Throughout the general education curriculum, all students engage questions of goodness, truth, and beauty as they have been interpreted by the leading lights of ancient and modern civilizations. Through the liberal arts, our students develop an abiding sense of personal integrity, an informed appreciation for the perspectives of others, and a clear vision of their moral and spiritual identity.
McMurry prepares students for a fulfilling life of leadership and service.
On the basis of our shared liberal arts background, McMurry students pursue studies that prepare them for a variety of worthwhile careers. McMurry’s extracurricular activities, programs, and organizations give students practical experience in leadership and service. Whether entering professional life upon graduation or going on to graduate study, students leave our campus with a solid basis for a fulfilling life of leadership and service in their chosen professions and their civic and religious communities.
McMurry expects and enables excellence throughout the University community.
We believe that our distinctive campus culture will flourish only if all members of the McMurry community strive for excellence. We commit ourselves to high expectations for everyone at McMurry - students, faculty, administrators, trustees, and staff - and to provide the human and financial resources necessary for meeting those exacting standards. We aim to be a community in which students expand their intellectual and cultural horizons as they develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. We pledge to hold our students accountable to the highest possible standards of academic achievement and to provide excellent professors who will help them meet these expectations.
- Christian Faith as the foundation of life,
- Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life.
- Learning as the journey of life.
- Excellence as the goal of life,
- and Service as the measure of life.
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