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Dr. Sandra S. Harper

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McMurry is shaped by its Christian faith.

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About McMurry

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 1,100+ students and has an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio. No graduate assistants teach courses and 77% 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 40+ clubs and organizations and 21 intercollegiate sports. Students are engaged with the community and average 24,000 hours of annual service. Our beautiful campus is located on 52 acres in Abilene, Texas, a city of over 120,000 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, by leading lives of leadership, service, and professional success.

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McMurry Momentum: Grounded in History, Soaring to the Future

While the McMurry commitment to academic excellence and student engagement continues to flourish, 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

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McMurry Momentum: Grounded in History, Soaring to the Future