Our History

McMurry University is a vibrant and comprehensive higher-education institution with outstanding academics. At McMurry, you’ll find a welcoming, friendly, and supportive campus community. You’ll experience personalized and interactive learning while growing personally and gaining independence. Friendships will be developed that will last a lifetime.

McMurry is celebrating its Centennial in 2023, founded in 1923 as a Methodist institution affiliated with what is now The United Methodist Church. McMurry enrolls more than 1,100+ students with 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. You’ll experience nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences education while preparing for a fulfilling career and a life of purpose.

Our Mission

Shaped by Christian principles, McMurry University challenges students to examine our complex world from multiple perspectives in preparation for lives of leadership, service, and professional success.

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

SERVICE as the Measure of Life

Excellence in Leadership

President Sandra S. Harper

McMurry University 10th
and First Woman President

Grounded in History, Soaring to the Future

McMurry Momentum: Grounded in History - Soaring to the Future

McMurry University’s commitment to academic excellence and student engagement continues to flourish. Varying national, regional, and local challenges necessitate comprehensive planning to guide long-term and day-to-day institutional decisions to carry out McMurry’s mission, vision, and values to ensure the University serves its students for a second century.

2014-2023 Strategic Plan
  • Imperative 1: Advance Academic Excellence while Engaging Student Success.
  • Imperative 2: Recruit, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Engaged Student Body with the Propensity to Learn.
  • Imperative 3: Solidify McMurry's Financial Stability through establishing a culture of assessment, accountability, investment, and stewardship that holds all faculty, staff, board members, alumni and friends of the University to standards of professional excellence and personal responsibility.

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