Enrollment at McMurry U. jumps 7% for fall term


McMurry University on Friday announced a 7.3% increase in enrollment for the fall term, with 1,245 students taking classes.

This is the highest enrollment at the University of South Abilene since the fall of 2012.

The freshman class has 277 students, down slightly from 2021, but still the second-largest over the past six years.

McMurry officials were thrilled because this fall kicks off planned activities for its centennial. McMurry was founded in 1923.

“McMurry is ready for an incredible year,” said university president Dr. Sandra S. Harper. “Despite the hardships we have endured during the pandemic, our university remains a valued place of higher learning. With all of our new campus projects and centennial events, we are thrilled to have a full student body to join in the celebrations. .

New majors are credited with successful enrollment, as well as a focus on STEM degrees and interest in nursing careers. McMurry’s Dual Credit Academy and online courses in cybersecurity, business and criminal justice also helped, according to a press release.

The community engagement program promises that at least 50% of a student’s tuition will be covered by McMurry if the student or family member is working in a service career is another selling point for McMurry, officials said.

As of Friday evening, Hardin-Simmons reported fall enrollment of 1,765. Of those, 428 are new students, with 13% finishing in the top 10% of their high school classes and 37% in the top 25% superiors. Their ACT and SAT test scores were higher than the new class in 2021.

HSU’s Hispanic enrollment dropped from 22% to 24%, leaving the university one percentage point away from being named a Hispanic-serving institution.

A total of 795 students will live on campus this fall.

As McMurry turns 100, HSU will launch a mechanical engineering program in 2023.

Abilene Christian University is expected to announce its fall enrollment numbers on Wednesday, pending the end of the 12-day course. However, at its opening assembly, on-campus and online enrollment was announced at a record 5,900, with a freshman class totaling over 1,000 students.

Call for

City Light Culinary Academy chef Kaylee Mills is recruiting students for the next class, which is tentatively scheduled for January.

There were not enough students for a fall course.

Interviews for the next course starting January 16 will take place in October and/or November.

The program is for those who are unemployed but are looking for life skills training and the culinary training needed to work in the restaurant industry.

The academy lasts 12 weeks and is free. Student services provided to better ensure student success in the program include obtaining identification, birth certificates, social security cards, bus passes, assistance with utilities, gas coupons, and proper work shoes and uniforms.

Call Mills, who is director of operations and head trainer, at 325-673-6686.

All Aboard for Tarleton Theater Season

Tarleton State University has announced its fall theater program.

Tarleton's first theatrical performance of the 2022-23 academic year is the Agatha Christie thriller.

The 2022-23 season gets off to a quick start with “Murder on the Orient Express,” the popular Agatha Christie murder mystery, slated to air Sept. 20-24.

Here are the following items:

  • “Robin Hood’s Many Disguises”, October 20-22
  • Student showcase, from November 3 to 5
  • “The Reluctant Dragon”, February 2-3
  • “The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical”, from February 22 to 25
  • “Endgame”, April 11-15

Plays are at the Clyde H. Wells Performing Arts Center on campus. For more information, call 254-968-9291.

ACU Ground Zero for more nuclear project funding

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a grant of nearly $293,000 to be used for infrastructure at Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Power Experimental Testing Laboratory.

Funding through the University’s Nuclear Energy Program has been awarded to ACU for the second consecutive year.

ACU is one of 20 university-led projects receiving more than $5.2 million. ACU was one of eight institutions to receive infrastructure funding. The only other private school awarded was MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

The ACU funding will expand the radioactive material characterization capability of what is more commonly known as its NEXT Lab. It will provide the instrumentation needed to move chemistry operations to new facilities – the Advanced Research Center and Dillard Science and Engineering Research. The target date for opening these facilities is late summer 2023.


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