About McMurry University
McMurry University is located in Abilene, Texas, a city of 120,000 citizens and home to more than a dozen centers of higher education. The city is located near the center of Texas, just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Abilene preserves the traditional heritage of the old West while providing all the advantages of a contemporary city. The city is home to a number of art galleries, including the Abilene Christian University Cockerell Art Gallery. The gallery offers a wide variety of exhibits and events, student and faculty shows, intercollegiate competitions, art workshops and lectures, and exhibits by nationally renowned guest artists. The city and region is also home to a number of art cafes, as well as The Center for Contemporary Arts, which offers exposure to more than 70-artist members' work and ten working studios. The center has four galleries and presents more than 24 exhibits annually by regional, national, and international photographers and artists working in a variety of media. Also of interest to creative types are the Grace Museum, which offers exhibits of art from around the world, and the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. A wide variety of shopping and dining options are available, including artist's supply stores.
McMurry University was founded in 1923 and is a faith-based Christian university, where, according to the university's website, students are "affected daily by our Core values." The university offers the BA in graphic design. Coursework includes drawing, typography,illustration, multimedia design, photography, and Web design. The art department strives to guide students in honing their artistic talents. As practicing artists themselves, the faculty takes students' beyond the classroom into community presentations of their art.
McMurry University offers financial assistance from various programs comprised of federal, state, and institutional funds. The programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office early in order to meet important deadlines for aid. Enrolled students are provided with academic, career, and personal counseling at no additional charge. McMurry University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).