Murray State University

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113 Sparks Hall

Murray, KY 42071

Phone: (270) 809-3011
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Murray State University is a public institution that was founded in 1922. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,891, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 236 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Murray State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 25. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,840 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,600 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Murray State University is rated by U.S. News & World Report as the top public university in the South in the master's level category: "Great School at Great Price." For years Murray has received excellent ratings from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, Kaplan college guide, Money Guide, Barron's, and "The Princeton Review." Murray has a long-standing reputation for quality higher education at an affordable price. Known for its personalized residential college system, MSU was recently singled out by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of University Presidents as being one of only 12 institutions identified as a national model in graduation rate success.
Some of the unique programs offered are found in our School of Nursing, Biological Research Station, School of Agriculture with two farms, equine program, aquatic wildlife area of study associated with Land Between the Lakes and Kentucky Lake, nationally recognized veterinary diagnostic research center, center of excellence for reservoir research, regional museum, state center of excellence for telecommunication systems management, specialized writing center associate with the Libraries and a archaeological research and excavation site.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1922
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $59,260,978


When applying to Murray State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 4. The application fee at Murray State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.2%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 4

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Murray State University is 16:1, and the school has 54.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Murray State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Education 13%
Health Professions and Related Programs 13%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%

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Student Life

Murray State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,891, with a gender distribution of 41.4 percent male students and 58.6 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. Murray State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,832
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Murray State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Murray State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Murray State University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Murray State University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Murray State University, 63.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,611.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,840 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,600 (2012-13)
Room and board $7,638 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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