International Students

Students Walking On Campus

International students seeking admission to McMurry University must be graduates of a reputable secondary school (senior middle school, high school, or equivalent) in a system composed of at least twelve grades. The quality of an applicant’s secondary work (or college-level work in the case of transfer students) will be judged from the transcripts submitted. Criteria will include grades and overall academic record indicated on the transcript(s) and diplomas obtained. "An international student is defined as an individual who is enrolled for credit at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S. on a temporary visa, and who is not an immigrant (permanent resident with an I-51 or Green Card), or an undocumented immigrant, or a refugee." (UNESCO)

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* Documents required for Admission:

McMurry University will not process applications for students that are in terminated status.

Official high school transcript (translated to English)

Official transcript of all academic work attempted in the U.S. or abroad (transcripts must be translated to English)

English Proficiency scores (if English not native language)

Copy of VISA if applicable

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  1. Fill out the Application

    Freshman (less than 24 transferrable college hours)

    Transfer (more than 24 transferrable college hours)

  2. Pay the nonrefundable $50.00 application fee

  3. Provide Official Transcripts from high school and any colleges attended in United States or abroad (if abroad, transcripts must be translated to English)

  4. Scores from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) are highly encouraged. Students may be asked to provide these scores if necessary.

  5. If native language is NOT English submit proof of: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 520 paper or 68 internet base.

    Academic Examination of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum 5.5 or higher.

    24 semester hours of transferrable college coursework from a regionally accredited U.S. Institution to include English 1310 and English 1320

Following Acceptance

  1. Print and mail the Health Form.

  2. Pay $150 US dollars housing deposit 

  3. The Personal Statement may be needed upon request.

EAP Program Description

The English for Academic Program Purposes (EAP) program is designed to raise the English proficiency level for McMurry University's foreign  students such that they can compete effectively with native English speaking students in the classroom. These foreign students already have some intermediate level competency in academic English, but it is not yet at a level sufficient for them to perform well in a proficiency in the areas of reading comprehesion, writing for academic purposes, listening for meaning in lectures, as well as speaking and pronunciation for effective communication in a classroom environment.

Detailed Program Information

Each eight week session is $1,500

Program Application

International Scholarship

Financial aid provided by McMurry University to international students is extremely limited and highly competitive. A limited number of scholarships are available each year to full time students. The scholarship is up to 50% of the yearly tuition to qualified applicants. The student is responsible for all other expenses not covered by the scholarship. This scholarship will be decided by a committee and students must complete their intended degree within a maximum of eight (8) continuous fall and spring semesters. Cannot be used for Intercollegiate classes or at the Patty Hanks School of Nursing.

After Receiving Your I-20

  1. Make an appointment with your Consulate for your Visa
  2. Helpful information regarding your Visa

"This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant students."

For information regarding the application process and I-20 Contact the Office of Admission.

Abilene, Texas: The Friendly Frontier

Abilene is an inclusive, affordable and welcoming West Texas community of approximately 120,000—and the perfect place to call home for the next four years.


Abilene is located near the geographic center of Texas and is within drivable distance of the state’s major cities:

  • Fort Worth: 150 miles (approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes driving time)
  • Dallas: 180 miles (approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes driving time)
  • San Antonio: 250 miles (approximately 4 hours driving time)
  • Houston: 350 miles (approximately 5 hours, 45 minutes driving time)


  • Abilene is served by the Abilene Regional Airport, which offers 14 flights daily to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 
  • CityLink provides public bus service across the city with 12 weekday routes and 7 Saturday routes. 


Abilene is one of the most affordable cities in the United States. The cost of living is approximately half of what it is in major urban centers such as New York City and Los Angeles. Even within Texas, Abilene is one of the most economical places to live: the cost of living is 20 percent less than it is in Dallas, 15 percent less than it is in Houston and 10 percent less than it is in San Antonio.

[Source: Sperling’s Best Places,]


With a 37.6% minority population, Abilene is home to multiple ethnic groups who live and work together. The city’s Air Force base and universities result in a constant influx of new residents from outside the region, so native Abilenians are accustomed to meeting people from all walks of life. Abilene's welcoming atmosphere has even led rescue organizations to select the city as an ideal spot for relocation, and over the last decade, approximately 2,000 refugees have come to call Abilene home.

[Sources: United States Census Bureau,; The Dallas Morning News,]


Because it serves as the cultural and commercial center of the 22-county area known as the “Big Country,” Abilene offers many more opportunities for dining, shopping and entertainment than most cities of its size.

  • Approximately 200 restaurants, with cuisine ranging from traditional Texas staples such as barbecue, Mexican and steak to global cuisine from Thailand, Greece and the Middle East.