McMurry University Enrollment Increases

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:44 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University is reporting a 6.7% percent increase in total student enrollment this fall to 1,076. First time full time freshman enrollment showed the largest increase with 297 students comprising the freshman class, the largest entering class McMurry has seen in three years. The percentage of sophomores returning for their second year of study at McMurry also increased by 11%, the highest percentage of returning sophomores since 2004.   

“McMurry University is made up of talented faculty and staff who challenge and support our students to make a difference in the world. I firmly believe that it takes the entire campus to recruit and retain students, and this year’s success proves that,” said David Heringer, vice president for enrollment management, who arrived on campus in February 2015.

 “McMurry is brimming with new and returning students, new ideas and new eagerness to make a difference this fall,” said McMurry University President Dr. Sandra Harper.  “A quick walk around campus will show full classes and residence halls, enthusiastic professors, staff and students and a strong optimism about the future.  We are particularly pleased with the surge of physics majors that we’ve attracted in this year’s entering class.  Business, nursing, exercise science, all level physical education, and psychology round out the most sought after majors of the entering freshman class.”   

The new leadership in intercollegiate athletics is also generating quite a bit of energy and excitement on campus.

“I’m proud of the tremendous job our coaching staff has done attracting new scholar-athletes to McMurry. This exciting growth is proof that an academic focused Division III experience is an attractive one to prospective scholar-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson. “This also sends a message that students want to play for coaches and learn from faculty who are personally invested in their success – as competitors and leaders, but most importantly, as students. We are blessed to have a campus community that develops champions – not just for a season, but for life. We’re all excited about the momentum that McMurry is building.” 

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