MacMurray College

MacMurray College


Founded in 1846, MacMurray College is a four-year, independent, residential, baccalaureate college with a strong liberal arts tradition. For the past 170 years, MacMurray has been committed to preparing graduates for satisfying and productive professional careers, providing the tools needed for effective leadership, and encouraging individual growth throughout one’s education and future endeavors. MacMurray College is a place where you will matter.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Campus Visit

At MacMurray, campus visits matter. Visiting allows you to make connections, explore your interests, and get a glimpse of what it means to be a Highlander. Students may join us for one of our Open House events or schedule a personalized campus visit. Students should contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a visit or online at

Scholarship & Financial Aid Academic Achievement Scholarship

Academic Achievement Scholarships range from $10,000 to $20,000 per year based on high school academic achievement. Students in the top 1%, valedictorians, and salutatorians with a 30 ACT are eligible for full-tuition. Eagle Scouts, Gold Award recipients, Summit Award recipients, and youth and young adult leaders of the United Methodist Church qualify for one scholarship level higher.

Summer Bridge & Orientation Highlander Orientation

All first-year students who plan to attend MacMurray College will attend Highlander Orientation during the summer prior to the start of their first semester. At Highlander Orientation, students meet their future classmates, learn what it means to be a Highlander and member of the MacFam, get their Mac ID, meet with an academic advisor, are introduced to the Mac360 program, and walk away with their fall class schedule.

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Year Program & Seminar

The First-Year Program encourages new students to get involved in the intellectual and social community of the College. As a part of the program, each first-year student is enrolled in a First-Year Seminar that introduces the essential elements of college coursework. In this course students write, speak, perform research, work with appropriate media, and interact with professors and fellow students at a college level performance. First-Year Seminar encourages students to develop a greater sense of intellectual and social community through engage learning.

Student Diversity

  • 552
  • 50/50
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • <1%
  • 10%
    Black or African American
  • 6%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 76%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • <1%

Student Success

  • 67%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 33%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 94%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 56%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 35
    Full-time faculty
  • 3
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Criminal Justice, Business, Nursing, Biology, Social Work

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    American Sign Language Club (ASL), Belles Lettres, BACCHUS, Business Club, Campus Activities Board, Council for Exceptional Children, Newman Club, Student Nurses Association, etc.


Cost of Attendance

  • $25,340
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $760
    Required Fees
  • $8,925
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $6,033,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $21,500
    Average aid package
  • $40,497
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 49%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 90%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 20%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,232
    # of applicants
  • 54%
  • 3.28
    Average HS GPA
  • 21
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date