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Murray State University

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


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  • Level

    4 Years

  • Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

    Not applicable

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  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Murray State University (MSU) is a public university and it was founded in 1922. The current leadership of academics is under president Dr. Robert Jackson. Murray State University offers 11 associates, 64 bachelors, 42 masters, and specialists, and 3 doctoral programs and the college of business is among the largest under Murray State University as 23 percent of undergraduate enrollment is seen in the college. 


The university is home for a number of international students as well, enrolling more than 1000 students across 66 countries around the world to showcase their belief that the Murray State University is definitely a place to explore. There are a number of clubs and organizations run by international students and open an opportunity to explore and learn about the different communities allowing students for global networking.


Murray State Athletics’ team is known as Racer and offers varieties of sports activities on the campus for students such as baseball, football, basketball, and many more. Apart from it, there are a number of Greek organizations also running on campus. The campus is also residential and allows all the students, staff, professors, and researchers to reside. The campus is one of the state’s large and beautiful campus areas giving an immense opportunity to students to explore and learn. The university acceptance rate is 81% which makes it less selective. 

Located in Murray, Kentucky, Murray State University is a public university. Around 90% of the students are 24 and under at Murray State University. At MSU around 81% are white, 6% are Black or African American, and 4% belong to an unknown race or ethnicity. And, when it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 61% of the students are females and 39% are males. W. Earl Brown, Jude Deveraux, Isaiah Canaan, and Kirk Rueter are some of the well-known alumni of the school. Several other achievers owe their success to this university. The university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure, which helps in developing the personality of its students. At MSU, 372 undergraduate and graduate-level programs, including both residential and online, are offered to the students. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

Location & Contact




218 Wells Hall


It becomes easier for the aspirants to apply to a university and have their doubts regarding the same cleared if the university has a ranking. The ranking of a university is an important parameter by which a prospective student can decide whether they wish to take admission or not. Generally, the ranking of a university is considered a great way to gauge its performance on several factors, which include research excellence, the performance of the students after they complete their education, student experience, and most importantly academic success. The rankings by two well-known publications, US News and Forbes, are considered trustworthy by applicants and academic experts. However, it is to be noted that Murray State University does not feature in the list of top colleges, according to the latest ranking by these publications.


  • Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


  • Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


  • SAT Range

    1028 - 1213



  • ACT Range

    21 - 27

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • Accept Common App


Admission to the university is fairly easy and the students are recommeded to make the most out of it. Murray State University has 4 admission thresholds. The admission process starts by filling up the form and submitting a fee of $40. If the SAT score of a student lies in the range of 1035-1250, it would improve her chances. A candidate, in order to take admission to Murray State University, must score 24 in her ACTs. But, in certain cases, those having ACT scores less than 21 are also given admission. As expected, the candidates can complete the process either online or by visiting the school's office at 218 Wells Hall, Murray, Kentucky 42071-3318. To gather more information, they can call them at (270) 809-3011.

Annual Cost to Attend

  • Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


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Additional Costs:

  • Books And Supplies


  • Other Fees


  • Room And Board The charges for an academic year for ooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Total One Year Cost


Before applying to MSU, candidates must keep in mind the tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure. The annual full-time cost of attendance comes out to be approximately $32,353. For students seeking financial assistance, the university offers a number of options.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Most Popular Majors:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

    125 Graduates

  • Registered Nursing, Administration,...

    114 Graduates

  • Social Work

    114 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    106 Graduates

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations...

    103 Graduates

  • Quality Control and Safety Technolo...

    98 Graduates

  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting...

    94 Graduates

  • Business/Commerce, General

    94 Graduates

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations...

    103 Graduates

  • Quality Control and Safety Technolo...

    98 Graduates

  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting...

    94 Graduates

  • Business/Commerce, General

    94 Graduates

  • Public Relations, Advertising, and...

    93 Graduates

  • Research and Experimental Psycholog...

    48 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    45 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    38 Graduates

  • Communication Disorders Sciences an...

    35 Graduates

  • Special Education and Teaching

    32 Graduates

  • Information Science/Studies

    31 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    30 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    29 Graduates

  • Civil Engineering Technologies/Tech...

    28 Graduates

  • Engineering Physics

    27 Graduates

  • Fine and Studio Arts

    26 Graduates

  • Music

    26 Graduates

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    25 Graduates

  • Marketing

    24 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature, Ge...

    23 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    22 Graduates

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and...

    21 Graduates

  • Computer Science

    20 Graduates

  • Drafting/Design Engineering Technol...

    20 Graduates

  • History

    19 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    17 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    17 Graduates

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

    16 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    14 Graduates

  • Electromechanical Instrumentation a...

    14 Graduates

  • Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

    14 Graduates

  • Economics

    12 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    12 Graduates

  • Geography and Cartography

    11 Graduates

  • Sociology

    11 Graduates

  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Manag...

    10 Graduates

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Servi...

    10 Graduates

  • Outdoor Education

    10 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    7 Graduates

  • Journalism

    7 Graduates

  • East Asian Languages, Literatures,...

    6 Graduates

  • International Business

    6 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    6 Graduates

  • Public Health

    6 Graduates

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

    5 Graduates

  • Computer and Information Sciences,...

    5 Graduates

  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

    5 Graduates

  • Graphic Communications

    4 Graduates

  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

    4 Graduates

  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, an...

    3 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    3 Graduates

  • Industrial Production Technologies/...

    1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

77% / 23%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander


Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$48,948 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $3,766/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

navy blue and gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Ohio Valley Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country




Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country






Track and Field


Campus Security

Students who want to enjoy the campus and lodging life can benefit from the on-campus housing facility provided by MSU. At MSU, $9,466 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. Murray State University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at MSU costs around $3,766 per year. There are around 39% male and 61% female students enrolled at the university.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$17,612 - $27,950

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$183 - $290

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


In case the students at Murray State University face any financial issues concerning the fees and cost of living, and find the same to be high, they can seek help from the financial aid department of the varsity. It focuses on settling the issues that students face, and candidates can be assisted with scholarships, grants, and student loans. At the university, the average federal grant comes to be around $4,878, whereas the financial aid is $7,524. The students at the university are provided with state aid and institutional aid. The state aid stands at $2,654, while the institutional aid is $7,524. The need-based scholarships awarded to students admitted to Murray State University amount to $2,394,805 per annum. Meanwhile, the total non-need-based scholarships/grants awarded in a year total $9,077,718.

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