McMurry University is reporting that student enrollment has increased 3.1 percent this fall, totaling at 1,113 students. In the fall of 2016, enrollment was at 1,080. This is the third year straight for enrollment increases, according to a McMurry press release.
Dr. James Hunt, vice president for academic affairs said, “Not only were we able to increase overall enrollment numbers, we were able to do so while also elevating the academic quality of the incoming students... By setting a higher bar for admission to the University, we are ensuring that the new students will be capable of successfully engaging in all we have to offer in the McMurry learning experience.”
The university praises their First Year Seminar program that was established last year. The main goal of this program is to focus on retention and engagement.
Dr. Cindy Martin, director of First Year Experience said, "This program incorporates a strong support system for our first year students while providing students the opportunity to engage and reflect on complex issues, research open-ended questions and work closely with classmates on creative projects... Last fall we offered 17 different seminar topics and the overall feedback from the faculty and students has been positive."
Another key to McMurry's continuing growth is the new student orientation program, War Hawk Welcome Week.
Dean of Students Dr. Allen Withers said, “There seems to be a true sense of community with this new class of students and I’m excited about the contributions that they will make to our campus.”
McMurry President Dr. Sandra Harper said she saw a 10 percent increase in students returning for their second year.