Murray State University

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5
Overall
In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

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Out-of-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

Murray State University is a public
university located in Murray, Kentucky,
with nearly 11,000 undergraduate and
graduate students. U.S. News
& World Report
ranks Murray
State as a top tier, non-doctoral degree
granting, regional university. It is
the only public institution in Kentucky to
be listed as such for the past 20
years.

Murray State University offers 11
associate and 64 bachelor's
programs. The largest undergraduate
program is business, which encompasses 23
percent of undergraduates.
Forty-two master's and specialist programs
are offered at Murray State
University. 

In addition to courses offered on the main
campus, graduate students can also take
classes at satellite locations in Paducah,
Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson,
Kentucky.

Murray State University is accredited by
the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools, Commission on Colleges. A
number of programs have specialized
accreditation, including business (but not
accounting), nursing, teaching, and fine
arts.

Online Departments and Programs

Murray State offers a variety of online
degree programs for students seeking to
complete their undergraduate or graduate
degree. Programs for undergraduates
include
integrated studies, nursing,
telecommunications systems management,
business administration, and computer
information systems. Graduate
degrees that can be obtained online
include business administration, library
media, public administration, and
nursing. A variety of certificates
and educational endorsements are also
offered online.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

Murray State University is organized into
five academic colleges, 30 departments, 2
schools, and one joint program. Colleges include the Arthur J. Bauernfeind
College of Business, the College of
Education, the College of Health Sciences
and Human Services, the College of
Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Jesse D.
Jones College of Science, Engineering and
Technology. The two schools are the
Hutson School of Agriculture and the
School of Nursing. Integrated
studies are available through the Center
for Continuing Education and Academic
Outreach.

Financial Aid

Each year, more than $80 million in
financial aid is awarded to Murray State
Students. Financial aid options
include federal grants and loans,
work-study employment, and state
scholarships. Institutionally, both
academic and leadership scholarships are
available to qualified students.
These scholarships are very competitive
and students must reapply every year.

Athletics

Murray State University's intercollegiate
sports teams compete in the Ohio Valley
Conference with 11 other schools. 
All of the men's and women's teams are
known as the Racers, but the baseball team
is called the Thoroughbreds. The
school's men's basketball team is
nationally recognized and has participated
in the NCAA Tournament 15 times.
ESPN calls the MSU basketball program one
of the top 30 in the country. The
school also hosts a rifle program that is
considered one of the best in
the nation. The team has won a
variety of national championships, and
individual team members have also won
national championships.

Housing

Modeled after institutions such as Oxford,
Cambridge, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton,
Murray State places students-both those
who live on campus and those who live off
campus-into residential colleges.
Students remain a member of their assigned
college until graduation. This
setting is desirable for helping students
integrate themselves into the campus
community and develop lasting
friendships. Students currently
share dining and recreation facilities
across residential colleges, however, as
the school works to update its current
housing facilities, it is moving toward
having dining halls, libraries, common
meeting space, and outdoor space for each
residential college.

MSU has eight residential colleges:

- Clark College, which
features a new residence hall

– Elizabeth College

– Hart College

– Hester College

– Regents College

– Richmond College

– Springer-Franklin College

– White College

While all students regardless of housing
status are assigned to a residential
college, approximately 2,800 MSU students
choose to live on campus.

General Information

Admission
Office

113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3741
(800) 272-4678
Fax: (270) 809-3780
[email protected]
Contact: Lesa Harris
Director of Admission Services
Main
Address

113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3741
www.murraystate.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 8,171
First-time degree-seeking
freshmen: 1,478
Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,630
Graduate enrollment: 1,843

Setting
Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees
offered:

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's

Admissions Information

Application
Fee

College has an application fee:
Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Enrollment
Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 88%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Agriculture
& Related Sciences

Agriculture

– General A,B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Drama/Theater

Arts B
Fine/Studio

Arts B
Music –
General B
Music
Business B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biology
B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting

B
Administrative/Secretarial

Services A
Business
– General A,B
Business
Administration/Management B
Executive

Assistant C
Finance/Banking

B
International

Business B
Management

Information Systems B
Marketing

Management B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising

B
Journalism

B
Organizational

Communication B
Public
Relations B
Radio/Television

B

Communications Technologies
Desktop
Publishing B
Printing
Management B

Computer & Information
Sciences

Computer/Information

Sciences – General B
Information

Sciences/Systems A,B

Education
Art
Teacher Education B
Early
Childhood Education B
Elementary

Education B
Health
Teacher Education B
Junior
High Education B
Music
Teacher Education B
Special
Education B
Trade/Industrial

Education A

Engineering
Electrical/Communications

Engineering B
Engineering

Physics B

Engineering Technologies
Civil
Engineering/Technology A,B
Drafting
and Design Technology A,B
Electromechanical

Technologies B
Manufacturing

Technologies A,B
Occupational

Safety B
Water
Quality/Treatment A,B

English Language &
Literature

English
Language & Literature –
General B

Technical/Business

Writing C

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child
Care Service A,B
Foods/Nutrition

Studies B

Foreign Language &
Literature

French B
German B
Spanish
B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Nursing
(RN) B
Speech-Language

Pathology/Audiology B
Veterinarian

Assistance B

History
History
– General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General
Studies B
Liberal
Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics
Mathematics

– General B

Natural Resources &
Conservation

Wildlife/Wilderness

Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise
Sciences B
Health/Physical

Fitness B
Parks/Leisure

Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy

B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry

B
Geology
B
Physics
B

Psychology
Psychology

– General B

Public Administration &
Services

Social
Work B

Security & Protective
Services

Criminal
Justice Studies B

Social Sciences
Economics

B
International

Relations B
Political

Science/Government B
Sociology

B

Degree
levels for each major are
designated by the following
letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee
the accuracy of information on
this page. All information is
subject to change. You should
confirm all information with a
college admissions officer.