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
[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/TheaterArts B
Fine/StudioArts B
Music – General B
Music Business B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
AccountingB
Administrative/SecretarialServices A
Business – General A,B
Business Administration/Management B
ExecutiveAssistant C
Finance/BankingB
InternationalBusiness B
ManagementInformation Systems B
MarketingManagement B

Communications & Journalism
AdvertisingB
JournalismB
OrganizationalCommunication B
Public Relations B
Radio/TelevisionB

Communications Technologies
Desktop Publishing B
Printing Management B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/InformationSciences – General B
InformationSciences/Systems A,B

Education
Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
ElementaryEducation B
Health Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Trade/IndustrialEducation A

Engineering
Electrical/CommunicationsEngineering B
EngineeringPhysics B

Engineering Technologies
Civil Engineering/Technology A,B
Drafting and Design Technology A,B
ElectromechanicalTechnologies B
ManufacturingTechnologies A,B
OccupationalSafety B
Water Quality/Treatment A,B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Technical/BusinessWriting C

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

Foreign Language & Literature
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Nursing (RN) B
Speech-LanguagePathology/Audiology B
VeterinarianAssistance B

History
History – General B

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

Mathematics
Mathematics– General B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Wildlife/WildernessManagement B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Health/PhysicalFitness B
Parks/LeisureFacilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
PhilosophyB

Physical Sciences
ChemistryB
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology– General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences
EconomicsB
InternationalRelations B
PoliticalScience/Government B
SociologyB

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.


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Student Reviews: 4/5 (2)

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