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.
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.
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.
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.
113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071
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Contact: Lesa Harris
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113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071
Total undergrads: 8,171
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,478
Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,630
Graduate enrollment: 1,843
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Percent applicants admitted: 88%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 72%
& Related Sciences|
Agriculture– General A,B
Arts, Visual & Performing
Music – General B
Music Business B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Business – General A,B
Business Administration/Management B
ManagementInformation Systems B
Communications & Journalism
Public Relations B
Desktop Publishing B
Printing Management B
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/InformationSciences – General B
Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Civil Engineering/Technology A,B
Drafting and Design Technology A,B
Water Quality/Treatment A,B
English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Service A,B
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Nursing (RN) B
History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B
Mathematics– General B
Natural Resources & Conservation
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Parks/LeisureFacilities Management B
Philosophy & Religion
Psychology– General B
Public Administration & Services
Social Work B
Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
B = Bachelor's degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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