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Murray State University (MSU)

218 Wells Hall, Murray, KY

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Murray State University is a public college that has a fair number of degree programs available for students to choose from. The school is located in Murray, KY, in a predominately rural area. Approximately nine thousand students enroll at Murray State University annually.

Students may choose from several areas of study, including:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Agriculture Operations

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then reviewed by the admissions staff. The majority of students accepted to Murray State University have an SAT score in a range of 1338 - 1700, or an ACT composite score within the range of 19 - 25. This school has an admissions rate of around 81% of which only 42% chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $7,200 per year and out-of-state residents are charged $20,000 per year. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is around $4,400. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for MSU is the "Racers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students who would like to see more about MSU may visit their website at http://www.murraystate.edu.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants MSU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into MSU.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading448 - 570
SAT ® Math440 - 550
SAT ® Writing450 - 580
SAT ® Total Score1338 - 1700

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English19 - 26
ACT ® Math18 - 24
ACT ® Composite Score19 - 25

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into MSU

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into Murray State University.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions3,305 (81%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,390 (42%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Murray State University is about 10,000, where graduate students make up roughly 19% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,400. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $30 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,900-$7,100
    • Out-of-State: $18,000-$21,170
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $290-$340 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $780-$930 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid98%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships97%$7,896
Receiving Student Loans56%$6,623

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 6%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Murray State University may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Murray State University is approximately 53%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years37%
Graduating in 5 Years13%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Murray State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Basketball (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Track and Field (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Football (Ohio Valley Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Liberal Arts and Sciences


Business and Marketing Studies

Health and Clinical Professions

Agriculture Operations

Communications and Journalism

Engineering Technology

  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology (B, M)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (A, B)
  • Engineering Technology (M)
  • Manufacturing Technology (B)
  • Drafting and Design Engineering Technologies (B)
  • Electromechanical Engineering and Technology (B)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A)
  • Industrial Technology (A)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B, M)
  • Aquatic Biology, Limnology (M)

Public Administration and Social Services

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Studio Arts (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Drama (B)


Security and Protective Services


English Language and Literature

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Physical Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Nutrition and Wellness Studies (B, M)


  • Engineering Physics (B)

Mathematics and Statistics

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B)
  • Information Science Studies (B, M)

Communication Technology

  • Graphic Communications (B)

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management (B)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)
  • German Language and Literature (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

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