MacMurray College

Undergraduates: 451
Setting: Very small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $21,900.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $21,900.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1040 / 22 / 2.77
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 38:62
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Methodist Church
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 77%

MacMurray College is a four-year, professionally-focused private college located in Jacksonville, Illinois. Its enrollment in fall 2013 was 571, with a student body that is 22% ethnically diverse

The mission of MacMurray College is to transform the lives of our students by providing an exceptional, liberal arts general education and courses of study that prepare graduates for professional careers, further education, and other challenges facing the human community in the 21st century.

Although founded in 1846 by a group of Methodist clergymen as the Illinois Conference Female Academy, the first class was not held until 1848. Since its beginnings, the college has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is one of the oldest institutions of higher education originally for women in the United States. The school was renamed the Illinois Conference Female College in 1851, with the name changed again to Illinois Female College in 1863 and Illinois Woman's College in 1899. The name was changed to MacMurray College for Women in 1930 to honor James E. MacMurray, who was an Illinois state senator, president of Acme Steel Corporation in Chicago, and college trustee whose commitment led to a substantial increase in the college's facilities and endowment in the late 1920s and 1930s. The institution remained an exclusively women's college until 1955, when the trustees established MacMurray College for Men as a coordinate institution. In 1969, the colleges were reorganized into a single co-educational institution. For two of the past three years, MacMurray was named a Top 20 School by Washington Monthly magazine,placing No. 14 in the nation in 2011 and No. 18 in 2013 among baccalaureate colleges. MacMurray College was ranked 63 of 200 colleges in the 2013 edition of U.S. News Best Colleges in Regional Colleges (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report.


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Chief_administrator: Colleen Hester, Ph.D. (President)
Fax: 2174797201
Phone: 2174797000
Geographic region: Great Lakes IL IN MI OH WI
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Undergraduate application fee: $0.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No