Founded in 1923, McMurry University has gained a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of our faculty, students, and graduates. We are a liberal arts university offering bachelor's degrees in the fine arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, business, education, and nursing. Steeped in our United Methodist tradition, our 1400 students are affected daily 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. We boast of an outstanding faculty and staff whose goal is to maximize each student's level of achievement and to expose them to those qualities that go into making a successful life. You can also read about us in 100 Colleges Where Average Students Can Excel.
We are located on 40 acres in a quiet residential section of Abilene, Texas, a city of 115,930. Just as our university is large enough to offer excellent opportunities while avoiding the impersonal experience of a large school, Abilene is large enough to offer the amenities of a major city while retaining the safety, convenience, and charm of a small town. Recognized by Money Magazine as one of the top 100 safest places to live, Abilene has been an All-America City and a consistent winner in USA Today's "Make a Difference Day". Our monthly Art Walk in the restored downtown area is an exciting cultural event that has been showcased on Good Morning America as a model for downtown renewal. McMurry and Abilene are within a comfortable drive of most major cities and attractions of the Great State of Texas.
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 fulfi lling 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.