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Admission to MacMurray College

MacMurray College welcomes applications from students who seek a career-directed education with a focus in the liberal arts. Applicants should embrace our core values of Knowledge, Faith, and Service, which are foundational to our mission and define, inform, and guide the philosophy and practice of the College. Applicants should be positive members of the campus community, be proud to be a member of the MacMurray family, and encompass the spirit of being a Highlander.

MacMurray College shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or irrelevant physical condition in the administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other College-administered programs including admission practices.

MacMurray College follows the guidelines and practices of the National Association for College Admission Counseling for all admission related activities.

Admission Notification

The admission process at MacMurray operates on a rolling admission basis. First-year students may begin submitting their application for admission following the completion of 6 semesters of high school coursework. Application review begins after August 1 of each year new application cycle. Admission decisions are based on student's academic performance and the likelihood of being successful in college.

Applications submitted by December 15 will be considered for all scholarship opportunities. Applications submitted by March 15 will be considered for academic achievement scholarships. Applications after March 15 will be reviewed based on scholarship availability. Scholarships are based on student's academic achievement.

Admission Application Procedures and Requirements

First-year Students

Students applying as a first-year student must provide the following items to complete their application for admission.

  1. A completed online application for admission. Students may submit the MacMurray Application or the Common Application. There is no fee to apply.
  2. Official high school transcript.
  3. Official ACT/SAT scores. Scores reported on official high school transcripts will be accepted. If the high school does not include test scores on transcripts, please visit www.actstudent.org (ACT) or www.collegeboard.com (SAT) to request official scores. MacMurray College's test code for the ACT is 1068 and SAT is 1435.
  4. First-year Requirements

    • 2.50/4.00 high school GPA.
    • ACT composite of 18 or SAT equivalent.
    • College Preparation courses
      • 4 years of English/language arts.
      • 3-4 years of mathematics (Algebra 2 minimum).
      • 2 years of a lab science.
      • 2 years of a social science.
      • Honors, AP, and/or IB courses encouraged.
    • Strong record of school and community involvement.
    • Will be a positive representative of MacMurray.

    Students are not guaranteed admission based on meeting these requirements. All applicants are reviewed holistically by the admission committee. The committee awards admission only to those applicants who show a strong likelihood of success.

    Transfer Students

    Students applying as a transfer student must provide the following items to complete their application for admission.

    1. A completed online application for admission. Students may submit the MacMurray application or the Common Application. There is no fee to apply.
    2. Official college transcripts from every college attended, even if the student withdrew. If a transcript is not available, the applicant must request a letter from the college's bursar or registrar confirming that no transcript is available.
    3. Official final high school transcript.
    4. Official ACT/SAT scores. Scores reported on official high school transcripts will be accepted. If your high school does not include test scores on transcripts, please visit www.actstudent.org (ACT) or www.collegeboard.com (SAT) to request official scores. MacMurray College's test code for the ACT is 1068 and SAT is 1435.

    Transfer Requirements

    • Transfer students who have earned at least 24 transferable credit hours will be reviewed solely on their college academic record.
      • 2.00/4.00 college GPA.
    • Transfer students who have earned fewer than 24 transferable credit hours will be reviewed on their high school academic record.
      • 2.50/4.00 high school GPA.
      • ACT composite of 18 or SAT equivalent.

    Students who earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from an accredited Illinois two-year college will be granted 60 transfer credits (junior standing) at MacMurray.

    A maximum of 60 hours from two-year colleges will be accepted toward the bachelor's degree.

    Students are not guaranteed admission based on meeting these requirements. All applicants are reviewed holistically by the admission committee. The committee awards admission only to those applicants who show a strong likelihood of success.

    Online Students

    Students applying as an online student must provide the following items to complete their application for admission.

    1. Complete the online application.
    2. Submit official high school transcripts.
    3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
    4. Submit ACT/SAT scores.
    5. Submit a photocopy of a valid photo ID.
    6. Veterans should submit an official DD-214 form to be eligible for GI benefits.

    Online Requirements

    Students interested in enrolling in the Business Administration or Criminal Justice online programs must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission.

    • Minimum 2.50 overall high school GPA with fewer than 24 transferable college credit hours.
    • Minimum 2.00 overall GPA from college coursework if more than 24 transferable credit hours.
    • For students with fewer than 24 transferable college credit hours: ACT composite score of at least 18 or SAT equivalent.

    Students looking to enroll in the RN to BSN Online Program must meet the following requirements.

    • Cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50/4.00 or higher with grades of C or higher in all nursing and nursing support courses.
    • Copy of unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN) in Illinois which must remain current throughout the duration of the program.
    • Graduated from a state-approved associate degree nursing (ADN) program.
    • Contact the Division of Nursing for additional requirements.

    Education Program Requirements

    Students seeking admission to the Department of Education must meet the following criteria, in addition to general admission requirements.

    • ACT Requirements
      • Prior to 9/1/15: Composite score of 22 with combined English/Writing score of 19.
      • 9/1/15 - 9/9/2016: Composite score of 22 with Writing score of 16.
      • 9/10/16 and later: Composite score of 22 with Writing score of 6.
    • SAT Requirements
      • Prior to 3/5/16: Composite score of 1030 (mathematics and critical writing) with a minimum writing score of 450.
      • 3/5/16 and later: Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language.

    Nursing Program Requirements

    First-year students who meet the following requirements will receive direct admission into the Nursing Program. Admission to the Nursing Program is competitive and students are encouraged to apply early for admission to MacMurray. Applicants must first be admitted into the College.

    • 2.75/4.00 or higher high school GPA.
    • 20 ACT composite or SAT equivalent.
    • 2 semesters of chemistry with a grade C or better within the last 5 years.

    First-Year students who meet the requirements above will be notified by the Office of Admissions regarding their admission into the Division of Nursing. Nursing admission is only valid for the original date of enrollment. Students who waive their spot in the program must reapply for the program and are not guaranteed a spot in future years.

    Transfer students who meet the following requirements will be considered for admission into the Nursing Program and placed on the nursing admission waitlist. The deadline to be considered for the transfer nursing waitlist is March 1. Applicants must first be admitted into the College.

    • 2.75/4.00 or higher cumulative college GPA.
    • 20 ACT composite or SAT equivalent.
    • Completion of Microbiology (equivalent to MacMurray's BIOL 209) and Organic Chemistry (equivalent to MacMurray's CHEM 131) with a grade of C or higher.
    • For additional requirements and information regarding nursing transfer admission, contact the Office of Admissions.

    Transfer students will be notified by the Office of Admissions regarding their selection from the nursing waitlist. Nursing admission is only valid for the original date of enrollment. Students who waive their spot in the program must reapply for the program and are not guaranteed a spot.

    Students looking to enroll in the RN to BSN Online Program must meet the following requirements.

    • Cumulative transfer GPA of 2.50/4.00 or higher with grades C or higher in all nursing and nursing support courses.
    • Copy of unencumbered license as a registered nurse (RN) in Illinois which must remain current throughout the duration of the program.
    • Graduated from a state-approved associate degree nursing (ADN) program.
    • Contact the Division of Nursing for additional requirements.

    Students looking to complete the LPN to BSN track must meet the following requirements to be considered for the admission waitlist. Availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The track is only available for the start of spring semester and has limited space.

    • 2.75/4.00 or higher cumulative college GPA.
    • 20 ACT composite or SAT equivalent.
    • Completion of Chemistry 100 with a C or better in the past 5 years.
    • Students must have enough college coursework completed to be ready to start in the BSN academic plan during the spring semester of sophomore year.
    • Copy of current LPN license.
    • For additional requirements and information regarding LPN to BSN Track admission, students should contact the Office of Admissions.

    Home School Applicants

    Students who are home schooled will be required to provide the same information as first-year applicants. These items include official high school transcript and official test scores (ACT/SAT). Home school applicants are also required to provide course descriptions for all courses completed.

    Applicants with GEDs

    Applicants who have received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) must provide the following information.

    1. Official GED Scores. Students must request official score sheets by contacting their testing center. Faxed/copied scores will not be accepted.
    2. Official ACT/SAT scores. Students may have their scores requested by visiting www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.com. Test scores are required.

    GED Requirements

    • Prior to GED Rescoring
      • Minimum score of 400 on each test with an average score of 500 or higher.
      • 20 ACT or SAT equivalent.
    • 2016 Scoring
      • Minimum total score of 165 equaling Performance Level 3 of GED College Readiness.
      • 18 ACT or SAT equivalent.

    The College is currently not accepting college credit based on the Performance Level 4 of the GED College Readiness.

    Former Students (Readmits)

    Former MacMurray College students not participating in the Stop-out program must formally apply for admission and submit an official transcript from each institution attended since leaving MacMurray.

    1. Students who reapply to MacMurray College will be checked by One-Stop Student Services for academic, financial, and student life holds.
    2. Students who left in good standing and have maintained a 2.00 transfer GPA at all institutions and have no holds will be automatically admitted.
    3. Students who left on probation but have no holds and have maintained a 2.00 transfer GPA at all institutions will be admitted to the College on probation.
    4. Students who were dismissed from MacMurray College must appeal to the Academic Standards committee via appeal letter.
    5. Students who have one or more holds will be referred to the appropriate College staff members to resolve the issue.

    High School/Concurrent Enrollment

    Applicants who are currently attending high school and have completed one semester of high school attendance may apply to MacMurray College. The following items are needed.

    1. A completed application for admission.
    2. Official high school transcript with a minimum 2.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
    3. Written approval from the high school principal or designate that verifies academic achievement and eligibility to enroll at MacMurray College. The high school principal may restrict the applicant's enrollment to specified courses or disciplines.

    Students may enroll in one MacMurray College course as a freshman or sophomore and two courses after completing sophomore year.

    Part-time/Non-degree Students

    A part-time student is defined as a student enrolled in fewer than 12 semester credit hours at MacMurray College.

    Part-time students must follow the same admission procedures as the type of applicant they wish to enroll as (first-year, transfer, etc.).

    Applicants seeking to enroll in one or two courses for a specific semester with no intent to pursue a degree program may be admitted as a part-time, non-degree student. Only an application for admission is required to be completed. Non-degree students are enrolled on a space-available basis and must meet all prerequisites and course requirements prior to enrolling in a specific course.

    Part-time, non-degree students who have earned 15 semester credits at MacMurray College and wish to enroll for the following semester must submit all required academic credentials and be officially admitted to MacMurray College.

    Senior Citizen Applicants

    Senior citizens age 60 and older may enroll in MacMurray courses for which they meet prerequisites on a space-available basis at a reduced tuition rate. Senior citizens are limited to two courses per term and must complete an application for admission to enroll in courses.

    Visiting Students

    Applicants attending another college and wanting to enroll for one term only must submit an application for admission. Applicants must also submit official college transcripts to verify good standing and eligibility to continue at their current institution.

    Veterans

    Applicants who are currently serving or have served in the military must provide the following information.

    1. Application for Admission.
    2. Official high school/college transcripts.
    3. Official ACT/SAT scores.
    4. Copy of DD-214 Form.
    5. Official military transcript if wanting coursework evaluated.

    Applicants whose DD-214 Forms indicate they are at Veteran status will be admitted without evaluation of transcripts and test scores. However, official copies of all items are needed for scholarship awarding, appropriate placement testing, and for audit purposes. Students who have not achieved Veteran status will be evaluated according to freshman/transfer admission criteria.

    Veterans who have attended college since attaining Veteran status must have maintained a 2.00 transfer GPA to be admitted. Coursework prior to Veteran status is not considered except for credit evaluation.

    Veterans will also have their deposit waived only after the DD-214 Form indicates Veteran status and all application materials are in.

    Veteran students over the age of 25 or who will be 25 by the first day of classes and do not have ACT or SAT scores will have the test requirement waived. Veterans whose scores have been waived will be required to complete ACCUPLACER testing at MacMurray College for appropriate course advising and placement.

    AP, CLEP, and IB Tests

    MacMurray College follows the guidelines published by the College Board to award AP credit. Credit is awarded based on a score of 3, 4, or 5 and is the equivalent of the credit awarded for similar courses taught at MacMurray College. To obtain credit, students must send official score reports to MacMurray College for evaluation. Scores listed on high school transcripts will not be considered.

    Dual-Credit Courses

    Students who have taken college courses in high school must request that an official transcript from the college be sent to MacMurray College. To be considered for credit, courses must be at least 100-level and grade of C or higher.

    Enrollment Deposit

    Admitted students seeking enrollment into the College must submit their $200 enrollment deposit on or before May 1, the National Candidate Reply Date, prior to registration. This enrollment deposit will secure their spot at MacMurray College. Deposits postmarked after May 1 will be accepted on space availability. Enrollment deposits are applied toward tuition charges. If enrollment plans are revised, students have until May 1 to have their enrollment deposit refunded. This request must be completed in writing to the Office of Admissions. No refunds will be given after May 1.

    Final Transcripts

    First-year students enrolling at MacMurray College must submit their official final high school transcript, with date of graduation included, prior to the first day of class.

    Transfer students enrolling at MacMurray College must submit their official final high school transcript, with date of graduation included, and final college transcripts prior to the first day of class.