Murray State University

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 predominantly 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)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants Murray State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Murray State University is about 11,000, where graduate students make up roughly 13% 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 $10,000. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $40 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 estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $6,600-$7,900
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $20,000-$23,590
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $320-$380 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $860-$1,000 per credit 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 Aid99%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships98%$9,308
Receiving Student Loans56%$7,830

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 Years28%
Graduating in 5 Years19%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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

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 (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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