McMurry University
Abilene, TX, USA

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McMurry University
3.80 Average Rating

Courtney from Wimberley, TX

accepted here and planning to attend soon
7 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I do well in the smaller classrooms.
Will enjoy being here
I will be participating in the athletic department as a soccer player and will also run track.
Great for these types of students
Students that want to get involved because it has a small student/teacher ratio almost the size of Highschool classes.
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Katelyn from Fort Worth, TX

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
McMurry is a small university with a big name in the college town of Abilene. It has a very welcoming atmosphere, perfect for the nervous student afraid to leave home, and also great for those who would easily lose their way on a large, impersonal campus. The faculty and students are all very friendly and excited to help you build your new home at this great university.
Tips for prospective students
Since McMurry is a United Methodist university, they are pretty active in their Religious Life group, a great group of people who are always doing something, whether it be lunch on a Thursday afternoon or going away on retreats. Everyone of all ages, genders, and social settings are welcome, and I recommend you join in as well, they'll change your college experience for the better!
Academic Rigor
I am a Biomedical Science major with a Music minor, so I can speak for the science and music departments when I say that A's aren't going to be easy. Of course tests will count a lot towards your final grade, but be prepared for a pretty demanding homework load as well.
Dorm Life
I stay in Martin, the all girls dorm on campus, and I can say that you are guaranteed to make friends with at least one girl in your hall, it's pretty impossible not to when so many cool and friendly girls are put in one building. The visiting hours for the opposite gender are from 12pm to 12am in all dorm, which are rather generous for a Christian university. Also, the RAs hold a program every month, and though not mandatory, these little get togethers can be pretty fun and range from movie nights to tie-dying to cooking lessons!
Food and Dining
McMurry has the Village Market, which serves as its regular cafeteria with a large buffet and salad bar with at least 3 choices of meals on weekdays (usually only 2 on weekends). There will always be pizza and hamburgers, but every day has a different dish ranging from pork chops to spaghetti to barbecue sandwiches. The breakfasts are great, featuring a big Belgian waffle maker and a sweet lady ready to take your order for breakfast burritos and omelets, among the other choices like donuts and cinnamon rolls. Also, it's great to have homemade desserts every day, not to mention a Blue Bell ice cream bar, with new flavors every week. The Sports Grille serves as a restaurant, with certain sandwiches and burgers you can order, and Java City is the university's personal coffee shop with frozen treats as well as warm, and bread and scones available for purchase.
What to do for fun
There are so many fun clubs to join, from Religious Life, to Greek life, to intramural sports! Homecoming is a huge event, with a big tailgate and a huge university-wide party on the field. The university also has its own fitness center with treadmills, elliptical machines, and a weight room. There is also an activities gym, open for people to go swimming or play in racquetball tournaments.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Homecoming is a big event unlike any other at McMurry. With its old Indian roots, every year the school puts up Tipi Village, a huge circle of tipis all over one of the school's fields. Each social group has their own tipi, and the night before homecoming there is a race to see which group can put theirs up first. In the middle of the tipis, after the race and food, is a chili cookout and a big bonfire! Another option for freshman, a really cool tradition and opportunity is to beat the drum, a huge Native American drum that one can sign up for a slot to beat. It must remain beating the whole night leading up to the game, for good luck. There's a huge tailgate on game day, with food and booths for shopping, as well as big bounce houses set up behind the school. It's a fantastic time to be a war hawk, as the whole town is full of excitement.
Great for these types of students
McMurry is great for all students I believe, but it is especially accommodating for the students who may feel nervous being on their own for their first time, and those who may feel dwarfed or suppressed by the impersonal, intimidating feel of a big state university.
Clubs and Activities
The clubs are very welcoming and excited to meet incoming students. They hold their members accountable, but are also very understanding of other time commitments and studies.
Greek Life
I am a freshman about to go into my second semester so I am only just about to experience Greek Life! But I know it doesn't fit the stressful stereotypes that are found at bigger schools. There is definitely sisterhood and brotherhood, but at a smaller university there is less competition and therefore less pressure to do things that would put you outside of your comfort zone in a bad way.
Campus Safety
Campus Security is constantly patrolling at night, making sure that things are going well and no danger is apparent. You may also call them for help with things that you may not have help otherwise with, and they are very gracious and helpful. Locked out of your car in the middle of the night? Call!
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Jessica from Abilene, TX

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I was surprised how much help was available to me at McMurry. They truly want you to succeed.
Am enjoying being here
McMurry is the place where you can find friends and make a family that you will never loose.
Bang for the buck
It is quite expensive, however the experience in the classroom is well worth it.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be afraid and try it out because you will probably be surprised.
Great for these types of students
All types of students.
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Jessica from Benjamin, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
McMurry University is small. You get to know everyone, including professors. It's a great place to go to school.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you have all the classes you need to take saved several months in advance, they might fill up.
Academic Rigor
The professors challenge you but not beyond what you're capable of.
Dorm Life
I personally didn't like living with other people but the double rooms are spacious.
Food and Dining
There is a lot of variety in the caf and thye always serve salad and fruit which I love.
What to do for fun
There is tons to do on campus. Social groups, intramurals, theater, religious life, the list goes on.
Bang for the buck
For the amount i pay, i get the education i pay for.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Our homecoming is super fun because we have tipi village and set up actual tipis and have chili cook offs! it's so much fun with the bonfire blazing:)
Great for these types of students
Outgoing people will definitely enjoy McMurry but shy people can find their niche also.
Greek Life
There is social groups: 6 girls and 5 boys.
Campus Safety
No worries at all, I walk around alone and never worry.
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Travis from Abilene, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The staff is competent and helpful, the courses offer a decent challege and the campus is beautiful!
Tips for prospective students
Meet new people!
Academic Rigor
Classes can be tough but are surmountable.
Dorm Life
I haven't lived on campus.
Food and Dining
The foods pretty tasty!
What to do for fun
Hang out with friends!
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Mitchell from China Spring, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Nice location to business for students.
Great teacher/instructor to student ration.
Great instruction in academic courses.
Tips for prospective students
Expect a quite community.
Academic Rigor
The course work is hard, but great insturctors to tutor and help you through.
Dorm Life
Dorms are dorms in any college. They are good enough for the few hours of sleep a biology major gets.
Food and Dining
I have food allergies and it is difficult for any food institution.
What to do for fun
Small town, but there are many community cultural event and campus life tries to keep many activities going.
Bang for the buck
It is a privat school, but does offer many academic scholarships
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Teepee building...come see for yourself!
Great for these types of students
wanting small school atmosphere with good academic environmnet
Clubs and Activities
academic ,social, athletic
Greek Life
none
Campus Safety
good security, very small
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Renford from Abilene, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
I think McMurry is a good University. The staff is really helpful and knowledgeable in their profession. Academics really challenge students to do their best in class.
Tips for prospective students
Abilene weather is very bipolar, come in open-minded, try to get familiar with the campus and its website before attending and visit the place before you get a surprise.
Food and Dining
If you like mexican food then you will love it here. All your regular resturants are here as well.
What to do for fun
I usually try to play sports and exercise. Buffalo wild wings and the local sport bars are usually where all the fun and peopl are.
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Jillian from Abilene, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Many classes do push you to do your very best
Am enjoying being here
It is alright, it has a nice campus and a great history. The mascot was just changed and named so that is pretty awesome. I really think that I would enjoy the school more if I lived on campus because while it does have things and groups that help make good friends they don't do as well at all when it comes to the people who transfer in and dont live on the campus
Bang for the buck
It is pretty expensive about 11,000 a semester, but out of the three four year colleges here it does cost a little less
Tips for prospective students
Try to get involved in activities around campus and make friends it will make things easier to bare.
Great for these types of students
All types
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Hali from Garland, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors at McMurry genuinely care about their students and the small class sizes make it easier to learn.
Am enjoying being here
The key to being happy here is being involved in student activities. McMurry has opportunities for everyone to be involved and even to lead. I pledged and found the best friends I could ask for.
Bang for the buck
It is quite expensive, but it is a private university
Tips for prospective students
Get involved! Try everything at least once.
Great for these types of students
People that do well in small crowds and like the kind of place where everyone knows everyone. People that wouldn't have a chance to play their sport at a larger school get the chance to play.
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Salome from Santa Fe, NM

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
When I visited, the teachers from the department I'm entering really showed they had taken a personal intrest in my success at the University.
Will enjoy being here
The faculty I met was really approachable and willing to help with anything I might need.
Tips for prospective students
Be sure to immediately contact the Financial Aid office on campus upon acceptance, theres allot to be done for attending in that office.
Great for these types of students
A student looking for a small, close knit college environment where they can excell at a specialty of the University.
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