ABILENE -- Jack Payne of Glen Rose, TX has enrolled as a first-year member of the Class of 2017 at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Payne is majoring in Christian Ministry.

McMurry University total enrollment for the Fall 2013 semester is 1223 students.

"Our freshman and transfer classes exceeded our planning expectations in both total number of students we expected to register this year and in the academic strength our new students bring to the university," said Jon Crook, Director of Admission at McMurry. "We look forward to their development as student leaders on our campus the next four years."

Offering a diverse academic curriculum to its students, McMurry University is a small Christian liberal arts school in Abilene, Texas. Students choose from 41 majors; education and business are popular as are the school's pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, law, and physical therapy. The three-week May Term gives students an opportunity to explore a subject outside their major. Through the Servant Leadership Program, students learn about ethics and develop leadership qualities. MInternships with businesses in Abilene present undergraduates with the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge of the workplace in nonprofit and corporate settings.