Murray State University

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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

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.

Murray State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (270) 809-3011
Website: www.murraystate.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.murraystate.edu/Admissions/ApplyOnline.aspx
Address: 218 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071-3318
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 9,454
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 49%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,713 (60% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,084
Out-of-state Tuition: $24,540
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,881

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Murray State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Murray State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 111
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 12
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 171
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 252
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 32
Education 11614
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 252
English Language and Literature/Letters 22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Health Professions and Related Programs 352
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 32
Psychology 112
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 323
Social Sciences 142
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 1466641

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Murray State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $9,084
Out-of-state $24,540
Books and supplies $1,258

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $9,114
Out-of-state $14,400

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,390 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,294 90% $8,881
Student loan aid 822 57% $8,696

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,973 81% $8,241
Federal student loans 3,934 46% $8,056

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Murray State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Murray State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 8,256 2,924 5,332
Percent admitted 100% 81% 82%
Percent admitted who enrolled 16% 18% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Murray State University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 9,454
Undergraduate enrollment 8,056
Graduate enrollment 1,398

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Murray State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does 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.

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