Murray State University

218 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071-3318

School Details

Murray State University is a public four-year university located in Murray, Kentucky. MSU was founded in 1922 as Murray State Normal School by the State Board of Education. Murray State University also offers upper level and graduate courses on its extended campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson. Murray State University is comprised of eight colleges: Clark College, Elizabeth College, Hart College, Hester College, Regents College, Richmond College, Springer-Franklin College, and White College. Murray State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

MSU’s main campus lies on more than 250 acres and has more than 70 buildings and two libraries. The first administration building at MSU now serves as the West Kentucky Museum. Pullen Farm, Hancock Biological Station, and The Arboretum are all a part of Murray State University. The Pullen Farm is home to the Agriculture and Horticulture programs. The Hancock Biological Station gives students opportunities for field-oriented research and individualized instruction. The Arboretum is located on part of the Pullen Farm and consists of Open Woodlands, Savanna, Open Prairie, Oak/Hickory Forest and Wetlands, plus Display and Community Gardens.

Demographics at Murray State University are as follows:
•More than 10,800 students enrolled (8,900 undergraduates)
•Student to faculty ratio of 16:1
•Average class size of 21 students
•About 80 percent of undergraduate students and 37 percent of graduate students study full-time.
•Approximately 59 percent of students are female
•More than 80 percent of students are White
•About 20 percent of undergraduate students are over the age of 25
•Approximately 60 percent of students are from Kentucky.
•The overall graduation rate is 54 percent

Murray State University awards certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in the arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. Nursing, Animal Health Technology, Elementary Education, Business Administration, and Biology are some of the most popular areas of study at Murray Sstate. Approximately 40 percent of students have internships or co-ops. Special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. Approximately 20 percent of undergraduate students and 51 percent of graduate students are enrolled in distance education. Undergraduate students can earn five degrees completely online and graduate students can earn eight degrees completely online. Students can also earn four graduate and post-master’s Nursing degrees, three online certificates, and three educational certificates. Online non-credit programs are also available. Study abroad programs are available in week-long to year-long options.

Student life at Murray State University includes Student Government Association, Greek Life, various campus traditions, athletics, student publications, and a student-run radio station. Campus traditions include the All-Campus Sing, Campus Lights, Racer One, and the Shoe Tree. Athletic teams at Murray State University include men and women’s rack, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s tennis, men’s track and field, and women’s volleyball. Students publications include the Murray State News student newspaper, The Shield yearbook, and the New Madrid literary magazine. Students can live in 9 residence halls on-campus or in College Courts apartment housing, which is about four blocks from campus. Housing rates vary depending on the hall and type of room a student lives in.

Murray State University receives more than 4,200 applications for admission each year and accepts about 83 percent of those students. Students applying to MSU must submit an application for admission with a $40 application fee, official high school transcript, official ACT score report, and verification of residency. Transfer students must also submit official college transcripts. International students must pay a $50 international application fee and must submit the above documents in addition to a copy of a passport, language proficiency scores, transcripts in native language and in English, and a bank statement or financial guarantee.

Almost all students at Murray State University receive financial aid and MSU awards over $100 million annually in financial aid and scholarships. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid. MSU encourages all students to apply for aid as soon as possible starting January 1 or after applying for admission. Forms of financial aid include Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, CAP Grant, Racer Advantage Grant, Murray Legacy Tuition Grant, Federal Parent PLUS Loan, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Nursing Loan, Owen Loan, and Federal Work-Study.

Tuition rates are determined by a student’s residency and the number of credits he or she is enrolled in. Graduation tuition varies depending on the program of study and residency. 


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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