Get a Head Start on Your College Career

McMurry University provides Lift Off, an exciting summer opportunity to prepare incoming STEM students for academic success.

Lift Off is a three-and-a-half-week residential summer bridge program for STEM majors. Participants can earn up to six credit hours in one of two tracks:

Track I:  Project-based Pre-Calculus and First-Year Seminar courses

Track II: Intermediate Algebra and Introduction to Sociology courses

Courses and projects are paired with peer-assisted learning and mentoring within a living and learning community.


  • Biochemistry
  • Information Technology
  • Biology
  • Life Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Nursing/Pre-Nursing
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Science
  • Public Health
  • Exercise Science & Human Performance
  • Sustainability
  • Human Health Science

Move in is Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will work with your academic coach to secure housing and make plans for moving in.

Lift Off courses will begin on July 15, 2024. Move in will be July 14, classes will be held Monday through Friday with Saturday projects. The program will end Wednesday, August 7. Welcome Week starts, for incoming Freshmen, on Wednesday, August 21.

Choose one of two tracks:

  • Track I: Pre-Calculus and First Year Seminar
  • Track II: Intermediate Algebra and Introduction to Sociology

Not sure which track is for you?  Contact us!

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Incoming McMurry STEM majors ready to participate in an accelerated Pre-Calculus or Intermediate Algebra course are eligible for this program. Placement testing will be provided as part of the application process and will begin in the spring.

The Lift Off experience costs $600, which includes your meal plan, activities, learning materials, housing, and tuition. We recommend that you apply for summer financial aid, as Pell-eligible students may receive aid to cover some costs.

Applying for Summer aid is easy! You’ll follow the same process as you did to apply for Fall aid but choose the previous year’s form. The deadline to apply for summer aid is June 28. Students eligible for the Pell grant will receive funds toward their Lift-Off expenses.

Lift Off will be completed prior to move-in for Football, Soccer, Volleyball, and Cross Country. We work closely with coaches to make sure athletes are ready for their fall sports.

Yes, the Lift Off program is residential. Participating students will be housed in the Gold Star Residence Hall with other program participants. This living and learning community will allow you to make friends with other students with similar interests as well as provide a Resident Assistant and peer-mentor who can help you with coursework as well as college life. You will have the option of staying in your assigned room throughout the academic year.

Yes, we accept all TASFA students.

Due to the accelerated schedule of the program, missing even one class could be detrimental to your academic success. Please make sure your vacations and family events take place before July 14, or after August 7.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to the Lift Off program is easy. You will have an academic coach who guides you through the process and answers your questions. The Lift Off program application will open January 2 and the deadline to apply is June 21.