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MacMurray College
Established 1846
Type Private
Undergraduates 683
Postgraduates 0
Location Jacksonville, Illinois, USA
Campus Rural
Colors Scarlet and navy
Mascot Highlander

MacMurray College is a liberal arts college located in Jacksonville, Illinois. It is situated 30 miles (48 km) from Springfield and 235 miles (378 km) from Chicago. The campus covers 60 acres (240,000 m2), with approximately half of all students choosing to live on campus. [1][2]



Although founded in 1846 by a group of Methodist clergymen as the Illinois Conference Female Academy, the first class was not held until 1848. Since its beginnings, the college has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is one of the oldest institutions of higher education originally for women in the United States.

The school was renamed the Illinois Conference Female College in 1851, with the name changed again to Illinois Female College in 1863 and Illinois Woman's College in 1899. The name was changed to MacMurray College for Women in 1930 to honor James E. MacMurray, who was an Illinois state senator, president of Acme Steel Corporation in Chicago, and college trustee whose commitment led to a substantial increase in the college's facilities and endowment in the late 1920s and 1930s.[3]

The institution remained an exclusively women's college until 1955, when the trustees established MacMurray College for Men as a coordinate institution. In 1969, the colleges were reorganized into a single co-educational institution.[3]


MacMurray offers a strong liberal arts curriculum with both Associates and Bachelors degrees. Some of the college's top majors include nursing, education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing, criminal justice, social work and the interpreter training program. Social Work majors at MacMurray benefit from the school's advanced program. Several students are able to forgo up to one year of Graduate School after graduation and receive a Masters degree from top Social Work schools. The deaf education and interpreter programs benefit from living in proximity to the Illinois School for the Deaf.[4] [5]


MacMurray's athletics teams are known as the Highlanders. Teams compete in the NCAA's Division III as part of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.[6] MacMurray is the only Division III school to have received the NCAA's so-called "death penalty", in 2005, banning the men's tennis team from competition for two years for self-reported infractions (financial assistance to ten foreign-born players over the course of four years)[7].

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