Why do parents not
receive a copy of mid-term and final grades?
All grades are mailed
to the students at the conclusion of each semester. Grade mailers
are mailed to the grade address provided by each student at the beginning
of each semester, or to the student's permanent address if no grade address
is given. Mid-term grades are mailed to all freshmen and any undergraduate
with the grade of "C" or below in any of their classes. Parents can
receive a copy of the grades if the student signs a form granting permission
for the University to do so. Without this permission,
the University must comply with the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act" and release grades only to the student.
My daughter earned
exceptional grades in high school. Why is she struggling now in college?
The transition to
college is difficult even for the best of students. The work is more demanding,
the material is more complex and the competition is keen. Grading standards
in college can be more rigid than in high school. Usually, after one or
possibly two semesters, students have a sense of their strengths and interests
and can begin to focus on areas of study in which they have the greatest
chance of success. They also understand the demands of a college curriculum
better and can thus organize their time and reshape their study habits
in ways that will lead to academic success. For more information
on study skills and time management, contact Rachael
My son started college
as a pre-med major. However, his GPA is not as high as it needs to be for
admission into Medical School. Should he continue with pre-med or
pursue a different course of study?
Typically, a student
needs to have at least a 3.6 grade average in the science courses in order
to be accepted into Medical School. This is fairly standard for most
medical schools. If the 3.6 GPA does not seem to be obtainable but the
student has a strong interest in the health sciences, there are many options
to pursue other than medical school. To explore possibilities, the student
should meet with a counselor at Counseling
and Career Services (793-4880), or talk to the Director of Academic
My daughter came
to McMurry to study pre-med but now as a second semester freshman has changed
her mind. She doesn't know what she wants to study. She does not
seem interested in the health sciences any longer. Should she stay at McMurry?
McMurry can offer
a tremendous education in seven baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in
Nursing, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor
of Music Education. McMurry offers opportunities in liberal arts
education preparatory to careers or graduate work in such fields as business
administration, the Christian ministry, education, law, medicine, science
and social welfare. A student should meet with their academic advisor and/or
a counselor from Counseling
and Career Services (793-4880) to explore the possibilities at McMurry
that interest her. If McMurry does not offer the major of interest, the
Counseling and Career Center counselor can refer the student to universities
that do offer the major.
The financial status
of our family changed during the school year. Is it possible to receive
additional financial aid once the school year has started?
If your family's
financial status changes during the year, contact the
Aid Office to explore sources of aid that might be available to you.
How can my daughter
obtain job-related experience towards a career?
and Career and Services has information about a variety of internships
available in the Abilene area. In addition, the counselors can arrange
for a student to "shadow" a professional working in the student's area
How can my son discover
ways to become involved in campus life?
Activities Office (793-4801) located in the Campus Center has information
on all of McMurry's student clubs and organizations. In addition, students
can find out about concerts and social activities through this office.
For service opportunities and leadership programs, contact the Servant
Leadership Office (793-4999).
What if my son or
daughter experiences roommate problems?
The Residence Hall
staff works directly with students to resolve roommate difficulties. If
changing roommates becomes the only resolution, this can be arranged. For
Residence Hall concerns, contact Kirsten Anderson (793-6251).
Can a course grade
Yes. The appeal
process may involve the following steps (the issue may be resolved at any
1. The student confers with the instructor involved.
2. The student and instructor (preferably together) confer with the
chairperson of the department.
3. The student and instructor (preferably together) confer with the Dean.
4. If still unresolved, the student may initiate a formal written appeal
the Dean. Normally, the appeal is forwarded to the appropriate
committee for its review and recommendation. A formal written
grade appeal may be made no later than 30 days of the release
of grades by the Registrar's Office for the semester in question.
For more details
see the Grade Appeals section of the McMurry University Catalog or contact
the Registrars Office at 793-3888.
Can a student take
a leave of absence from McMurry and return without penalty?
Typically a student
who takes a leave of absence for more than a semester will need to re-apply
at the new tuition rate. Scholarships could be affected. For
more information contact the Financial
Can a student earn
an academic scholarship after the freshman year based on outstanding academic
contact the Financial
Aid Office (793-4713) for more information.