McMurry University

McMurry University

McMurry University, also referred to as McM, was established in 1923. The university's 40-acre campus is located in Abilene, Texas. This coeducational, private institute has been consistently recognized since 1996 for quality and value by the U.S. News & World Report.

Students of McMurry University are offered a variety of honors programs, and courses in pre-law, pre-engineering, and pre-health. The academic divisions of McM are:

  • Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
  • School of Arts and Letters
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Natural & Computational Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences and Religion

McMurry University's athletics department fields teams in more than 15 sports including baseball, basketball, golf, football, swimming, tennis, soccer, track and field, and cross country. The teams compete in the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference.

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Contacting McMurry

McMurry University
S 14th and Sayles Blvd
Abilene , TX 79697
General Phone: (325) 793-3800

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McMurry Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching48elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, music teaching, physical education teaching
Business and Management40business, business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts34Spanish language, English, creative writing, political science, sociology, history
Science20biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, natural sciences, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling19psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine13registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11athletic trainer
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Music6music, piano, voice
Fine Arts6fine arts, painting, ceramics
Design5design and applied arts
Mathematics4mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Media4communication studies
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Security and Law Enforcement1corrections and criminal justice
Art Studies0art studies
Law0legal assistant

Number of programs and degrees for McMurry in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree22646

McMurry Student Body

In 2007-2008, McMurry had a total enrollment of 1,462 students (1,295 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 61%
Women 39%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 13%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 33%
20-21 26%
22-24 18%
25-29 8%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico2%
(International Students)2%

McMurry Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

McMurry Room and Board (2007)

McMurry offers campus housing for 672 of its 1,295 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Abilene, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

McMurry Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410530
SAT Math420540
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1723

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT65%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT59%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

McMurry Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,135
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,135
Room and board $ 6,657
Room charge $ 3,216
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,441
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 2,800

Financial Aid:
McMurry participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 359100)

McMurry Faculty

McMurry has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track188
Non-tenured and not on tenure track105

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year14$63,7929$59,148
Associate professoracademic year10$50,8373$58,269
Assistant professoracademic year22$47,3929$46,932
Instructoracademic year7$39,0585$37,219
All faculty totalacademic year53$51,27326$50,601

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

McMurry Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football American Southwest Conference
Basketball American Southwest Conference
Baseball American Southwest Conference
Track American Southwest Conference

McMurry Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets McMurry Apart:

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Top 16%McMurry % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 17%McMurry % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 18%McMurry % of degrees in education and teaching
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 18%McMurry % of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 19%McMurry Male % of student body

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checked Career counseling
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checked Remedial classes for students
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checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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