At MacMurray, you will have unlimited opportunities to learn and grow outside of the classroom. Getting involved on campus will give you the chance to explore your world, develop leadership skills and meet new people with common interests. The Office of Student Life is the hub of activity on campus. Students wanting to get more involved can go to Student Life to find out more information on joining a student club or organization, taking part in the religious life on and off campus, or helping to organize other campus wide events.
MacMurray Student Association
The MacMurray Student Association (MSA) is the governing body for the students. MSA strives to perpetuate the best traditions of the College, to enhance its good reputation, to promote the rights and general welfare of the students, and to create and nurture a multicultural environment in which people of all cultures and origins are brought together to share their beliefs, thoughts and histories.
MSA works with all student organizations to promote service and leadership, to assist with fundraising and organization budgets, and to be a platform for students to voice their ideas and concerns to college administration.
MSA officers are trained annually in their roles, responsibilities and parliamentary procedure. The officers strive to recruit, train and inspire other students to perpetuate the good work of student organizations and their contributions to the College.
A list of active student organizations may be found below.
- American Sign Language
Engage in the Deaf and Signing communities.
Promote the biology field on campus.
Provide and promote services related to the fields of business and accounting.
Council for Exceptional Children.
- Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
Provide and promote services and experiences in related fields of study.
- Social Work
Provide social, educational and philanthropic activities in the social work field.
- Student Nurses Association
Encourage professional unity and development among nursing students.
Honors and Leadership Organizations
- Alpha Lambda Delta
National Honor Society (Freshman Year).
- MacElite Women
Provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills, competencies and attributes.
- Mortar Board
National Honor Society (Junior Year).
- MacMurray Student Association (MSA)
Provide student-led opportunities to participate in the government of active campus organizations.
- Peer Mentor Program
Assist first-time students with the transition to college life.
- Young Politicos
Highlight the work of young people in politics. Explore the functions of political parties and analyze the government process.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Athlete fellowship and commitment to Jesus Christ around the bond of sports.
- Newman Club
Catholic student organization.
- Belles Lettres
Women's social society.
- Greek Council
Promote unity among Greek organizations on campus.
- Omega Phi Omega
Women's social society.
- Phi Nu
Women's social society.
- Zeta Theta Theta
Men's social society.
Campus Community Organizations
Educate campus on alcohol responsibility.
- Beautification Committee
Projects to beautify the campus.
- CAB (Campus Activity Board)
Sponsor activities to promote social and cultural needs of the campus.
- Helping Hands
Promote campus engagement through community service projects and initiatives.
- Student-Athlete Advancement Council (SAAC)
Enhance total student-athlete experience.
- Student Safety Aide (SSA)
Serve as a supporting role to campus security to ensure a safe campus environment.
- Concert Choir
Perform concerts and special musical productions on campus and in the community.
- Humanities and Fine Arts
Extra-curricular activities and opportunities in humanities and fine arts.
Provide opportunities for students to perform and study Improv Theater.
- MacAvenue Theatre Guild
Entertain, educate, and perform for the student body and community.
- MacMurray Dance and Cheer
Promote school spirit.
- Pep Band
Promote school spirit with campus and community performances.
Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentor Program is designed to connect new students to college life upon enrollment at Mac. Studies show that students who make friends, feel connected and understand where to go for help, are students who are more successful and have a better college experience. Additionally, many current students are talented and wish to pursue opportunities which will develop leadership and professional skills. The Peer Mentoring Program offers personal growth opportunities for both new and existing students.
This program is a student-driven program. Peer Mentors who serve one year can take a leadership role as a Peer Leader. The Peer Leader assists with training, works with Peer Mentors and evaluates the program for continual improvement. Therefore, students are trained in all aspects of the program to include outreach, program implementation, application and interviewing, peer assignments, event planning, counseling skills, the development of people skills, and skills related to management and organizational leadership. The highest standards of conduct and integrity are expected. The program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association.
The MacMurray College Peer Mentor Program will help new students connect to the campus community; promoting student success through positive relationships, social and emotional support, and student leadership.
Peer Mentor Program Members
Interpreter Preparation Program/Criminal Justice, 4th Year
Biology, 2nd Year
Social Work, 2nd Year
Accounting/Business Administration, 2nd Year
Social Work, 4th Year
Biology, 2nd Year
Interpreter Preparation Program/Business Administration, 4th Year
Homeland Security/Criminal Justice, 2nd Year
Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, 2nd Year
Homeland Security/Criminal Justice, 4th Year
Homeland Security/Criminal Justice, 3rd Year
Biology, 2nd Year
Criminal Justice, 3rd Year
Psychology, 4th Year
MacMurray College offers rich and diverse opportunities for spiritual growth and religious expression for all students. The Office of Religious Life links students to more than a dozen local churches. Many are within walking distance, others will provide transportation and some have even been known to provide our students with a home-cooked meal. Further afield, Congregation Temple Israel of Springfield welcomes Jewish students to its High Holiday services, and the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield provides year round activities and religious services for Muslim students.
On campus, a variety of programs are sponsored through student organizations, convocations or co-curricular programming. Continuing a long tradition, the annual Lessons & Carols event is held in Annie Merner Chapel in December and is open to the public. Several vibrant student-led groups and athletic teams are active on campus in outreach to schools and nursing homes, community service and mission.
The campus ministry mission of the College is to be an institution that promotes a living-learning environment by implementing best practices for establishing a college climate that fosters spiritual exploration through both curricular and co-curricular programs.
The goals for campus ministry are to create campus activities that allow students to grow in their faith and serve the community, create a space(s) in which students can interact and share their experiences, provide opportunities for students to develop a basic understanding of their faith and other faiths, and build an environment that encourages inter-faith dialogue, respect for diversity and personal spiritual exploration.
Most students will tell you that the residence halls are the center of the action at MacMurray College. It is in the residence halls that lifelong friendships are made, ideas are exchanged and plans are made for the future.
We believe that the community atmosphere of the residence halls allows students to expand their boundaries while building respect for others. Students are challenged to live, learn and grow, and are supported in their efforts by a kind, caring and engaging staff.
Each double room is equipped with:
- two beds;
- two dressers;
- two closets;
- two desks and desk chairs;
- cable TV hook-up with around 80 channels;
- internet access.
The mission of the MacMurray College Department of Residential Life is to promote student success by creating living environments that encourage active participation among residents, offer opportunities to enhance student learning and foster personal growth through healthy relationships. Residence Life programs will focus on personal development, leadership, professional preparation, academic success, service and campus engagement.
Residence Life FAQ
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Q: Why should I live on campus?
A: Students who live on campus are at a great advantage. On-campus students are more likely to make faculty, staff and student contacts; join organizations; and develop study groups. Students learn life skills that will benefit them in the future. They learn people skills, tolerance, the art of compromise, appreciation of differences and they build friendships that will last a lifetime.
MacMurray values the residence hall living experience so much that they require students to live on campus until they are 21 or have 90 credit hours (senior status). Exceptions to this policy are for those students who live with their parents within a 50-mile radius, are married, have children, or live and work at ISD (Illinois School for the Deaf) and ISVI (Illinois School for the Visually Impaired).
Q: How do you assign rooms?
A: Returning students request rooms in the spring semester during our annual Room Draw. Housing assignments for new students begins on July 1. At that time, students are matched up with roommates based on preferences indicated on the online housing form, including interests, study habits, etc. Students requesting a specific roommate may do so by noting this on their housing form. Please keep in mind that the request must be mutual. After you have been matched with a roommate, you will be assigned to a room.
Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Some halls fill up quickly, so apply early! Housing staff will try to accommodate each student's request, but this is not always possible.
Once roommate and room assignments are made, a packet will go out via email to the students giving them all the information they will need to live on campus. Students can login to My Mac.edu to look up their roommate's name and room information. If at that time there are still questions, students are encouraged to call the Housing Office at 217-479-7124.
Q. Is there an age limit for living in the residence halls?
A: The MacMurray College housing facilities are intended for the traditional student age 18-25. If you are a new or readmitted student who is older than 25, you must appeal in writing to the Dean of Student Life to be considered for MacMurray College housing.
Q: What if I need other special housing accommodations?
A: The housing officers will do their best to meet everyone's housing needs. Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot guarantee that every student will be accommodated due to limited space and resources. Students should indicate their special needs on the housing form so that housing staff is fully aware prior to making a housing assignment. If you have a disability accommodation request, it should be noted on your housing form and the housing staff will work with disability services to make sure all paperwork is submitted and that your accommodation is met.
Q: May I have a single room?
A: Single rooms are available for an additional fee per semester (check current fees). However, due to limited availability, single rooms are usually not assigned to new students.
Q: May I bring furniture or decorate my room any way I please?
A: We encourage each student to personalize his/her room; however, certain restrictions apply. No college furniture (including beds, frames and mattresses) may be removed from the room. In addition, students are responsible for any damage which occurs to the walls and furniture inside their rooms. Therefore, care should be taken when hanging items on the walls. Decorating which can be removed or undone by the student at the end of the year is encouraged. Students are not allowed to paint their residence hall rooms.
Q: Can I bring a microwave or mini-fridge?
A: If you wish to bring a microwave or mini-fridge you are welcome to do so, but individually or together, the items must not use an excess of 11 amps. If you would like to rent a micro-fridge contact the Office of Student Life. The cost is approximately $60 per semester. This cost can be split between roommates if they both sign up for a unit.
Q: Can I have a car on campus? Where can I park?
A: Any student may have a car on campus. Students must register their car and purchase a parking sticker in the Office of Student Life. Parking stickers are $60 per semester. Parking areas are located on the campus map.
Q: What is furnished in my room?
A: Residence hall double rooms are equipped with two stackable beds, two dressers, two desks and chairs, mirrors and closets for two, and internet access in all halls. There are screens and blinds for all windows; some students may also wish to hang curtains. In Jane Hall and Rutledge Hall, the shared bathrooms contain a sink, shower, toilet and medicine cabinet with a mirror.
Q: May I change my room assignment?
A: Yes. During each semester, there is a Room Consolidation, a specific time period set aside for free room changes. After that, each student must pay $120 to change rooms. Students may request a room change by contacting the housing director. Room changes may be granted if space is available.
Q: What is room consolidation?
A: Students who live in the halls without a roommate may be subject to consolidation. Often students are living without a roommate because their roommate moved out or they may not have been assigned a roommate in the beginning. To be fair to those students who pay for a single room, we may consolidate those students who are not. Students living without a roommate will be required to do one of the following:
- pay for a single room if space is available;
- find their own roommate from among friends or the list of people needing roommates;
- move rooms at the discretion of the housing staff;
- be assigned a roommate (who is also living alone).
Students are asked to move based on seniority by class. If students are unwilling to cooperate, they may be billed for a single room and/or face disciplinary action.
Q: What is a Resident Assistant?
A: Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students assigned to a residence hall floor. RAs are responsible for building community on their floor and in the building by scheduling social and educational programming, assisting in conflict resolution between students, being peer counselors, advising students about services on campus, and serving as a referral source in disciplinary or crisis situations. RAs are the first link between students and the administration.
Q: What kind of security does MacMurray offer?
A: All residence halls have video surveillance cameras near each entrance. Residence hall entrances are locked 24 hours per day and only accessible to students who live in that hall and have their student ID. Students and parents can download the MacSAFE smartphone app that is used as our notification system and mobile safety app in case students need help.
MacMurray also has Student Safety Aides (SSAs) through a Criminal Justice internship class that provide many services such as campus escorts, campus patrol, assisting Student Life staff during incidents, and monitoring the surveillance cameras as well as the MacSAFE dispatch center. MacMurray also has contracted security officers which are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If other issues of security arise, students are encouraged to contact the Director of Campus Safety & Housing, Resident Assistants (RAs), Resident Directors (RDs) or SSAs.