MacMurray College: Narrative Description

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447 East College Ave.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Tel: (217)479-7000
Admissions: (217)479-7056
Fax: (217)245-0405
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1846. Setting: 60-acre small town campus. Endowment: $12.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5745 per student. Total enrollment: 667. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,598 applied, 50% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 47% from top half. 2 valedictorians. Full-time: 613 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 54 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 7 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 13% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 15% 25 or older, 50% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at 5 members of the Western Illinois Foreign Language Consortium.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $20,220 includes full-time tuition ($14,500), mandatory fees ($100), and college room and board ($5620). College room only: $2850. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $235 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all; national fraternities, local sororities; 12% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Activity Board, MacMurray Student Association, Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Phi Omega, Circle K. Major annual events: homecoming, Sig Tau Days, Spring Fling Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 582 college housing spaces available; 335 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Henry Pfeiffer Library with 1.8 million books, 25,855 microform titles, 185 serials, 1,021 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $261,952. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Illinois College.

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