About Murray State University

Founded in 1922, Murray State University. is a Public college. Located in Kentucky, which is a city setting in Kentucky, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 8,877 full time undergraduate students, and 1,609 full time graduate students.

The Murray State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 446 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Murray State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate85%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range943-1155
ACT Range21-27

Admissions at MSU are considered Less Selective, with ,95% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 23 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

75% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 41% were in the top quarter, and 17% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Murray State University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
36%
“We know about current events and vote”
55%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
14%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
2%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
74%
“I feel extremely safe”
20%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
29%
“We bought the gear”
51%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
23%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
11%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
72%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
14%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
42%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
42%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
16%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
8%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
36%
“We know about current events and vote”
55%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
14%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
2%
“I only go out in groups”
25%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
74%
“I feel extremely safe”
20%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
29%
“We bought the gear”
51%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
23%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
38%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
11%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
72%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
14%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
3%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
42%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
42%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
16%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
8%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
2%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Murray State University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    206 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    155 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    235 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    244 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    244 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    244 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    244 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    243 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Murray State University?

66 Students rated Murray State University

McKinsey - 03/31/2021

Murray is a good starter school for incoming freshmen. they are very big on athletics, so if you play a sport this is the school for you. the professors are extremely smart which is a good thig, but can also be a bad thing. A lot of them have a hard time getting the material across but they go out of their way to make themselves available to you.

Emily - 03/01/2021

Murray State has that home sweet home feeling that most students are looking for. There is always something to do and people to meet, so you'll never get bored! Class sizes are perfect and I've never met a professor who didn't try to help when you needed it. If you're looking for a place to call home while getting a top notch education, MSU is the place for you! SHOES UP!

Sarah - 09/14/2020

I enjoyed Murray State. There is such a beautiful campus. I will surely be looking at this school when I am applying to college soon. There was a lot of academic opportunities as well as campus housing. I think overall that Murray State University has a lot to over to me.

Emily - 07/29/2020

Murry is a wonderful school with a great community. It allows access to many amazing opportunities and can't wait for my four years as a racer. The staff truly cares about the students and the extracurricular activities are exceptional and there's something for everyone. the campus is easily navigated and safe. This is a cheap school that offers more opportunities than most.

Murray State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Murray State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Murray State University is 85%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Don't stress out about college. There are tons of people who can help you with the transition and they are very helpful. Classes aren't as hard as you think they would be, at least your first semester. Take classes you need to take, but also take some that you will be very interested in or you will be dreading going to class every morning. Make sure you get involved on campus. No matter what interests you, there is most likely a club, team, organization, etc. that you can get involved in. You will make friends, even if you don't know anyone who is attending the same school. There are thousands of people on campus. At least one will like you for you.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is perfect.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates were hard working, studing all night, and making the grade people that they have gotten really good jobs when they graduated.

    Read all  71 answers
  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is probably the walk to and from classes. However, it's still not too bad of a walk everyday.

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  6. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The people/students who are potential college graduates are well driven and organized. One must may not be intemidated by others but must have faith and be well rounded. One must be able to attend class and be able to be self taught. Ones that are not goal orienated and willing to take on challeges are not fit for college.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The small classes allow you to absorb everything easily if you want to.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    This school is amazing for the people who love the small town feel on campus. It is a short walk to anywhere on campus and there are tons of things to do. The school offers any activity you could think of and it is incredibly easy to get involved and make the most out of your time in college so it is awesome for anyone who likes to have fun, no matter how you have fun. Murray State would be a great college for anyone to attend, which is why I especially love going here.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The community! Murray State is a smaller school located in a really small town. It is really easy to get to know people at school and in the local community. Our campus is beautiful and the classes are great. I really brag about how pretty it is and how many nice and fun people I have met and befriended. With the combintation of a pretty campus, good community and great schooling, why wouldn't I brag?

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Murray State is truly a home away from home! Not only are you in a home environment with your fellow students and faculty, but the community also serves as a big brother to all the students at Murray State. I am in a sorority and we have adult advisors that help us with anything like finding a job, homework, a hot meal, being sick etc. My parents have felt much more at ease with me having a few people almost like extended family to count on in emergencies.!

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing is getting money and scholarships, and communicating with the financial aid offices to get clear answers.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Murray State is probably best known for its basketball team. They are awesome! The games are intense and so exciting to be a part of in the stands. The school may also be best known for its residential college set up. Instead of dorms, students living on campus live in residential colleges. Each building acts like its own college, with its own college head and intermural sports teams that compete against each other.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    One of the biggest things on campus is Greek life. We have a very active Greek life on campus. As well as many different religious groups that are pretty popular. We have a weekly movie night of foreign films which is widely favored.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Coming from a suburb of St. Louis, many people believe Murray State is for people who want to engage their careers with Agriculture and farming. I don't think many people even know the great education Murray State provides and the many times Murray State has been rated as a top school in the nation with the lowest tuition price. Yes, a lot of people that go to school here are from the south and yes, some do fit the stereotype, but most of the people that go here are from either the area or one of the states surrounding Kentucky. There are a lot of right wing conservatives and there is a distinct indication that you are in the bible belt. There is a club and personalities that fit everyone's needs. Honestly, I don't think that I would have been happier going anywhere else.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Murray is a pretty campus in a non-existent city. It is utterly a college town and a small one at that.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    The classes are small and some are challenging, most professors will know your name.

    Read all  8 answers
  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    For the most part, yes, the stereotypes are correct. Although there is a fair amount of foreign people here too.

    Read all  3 answers
  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    To learn the skills needed to start my own business.

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Country Hicks

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  21. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    My first football game was a terrific day. The stands were packed with everyone showing there racer pride. I had never seen so much school spirit. When the band marched onto the field I felt like a super star and couldn't wait to preform.

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Student Body

Students

59%

female

41%

male

8,877

Total Undergrad Enrollment

1,609

Total Grad Students

39%

Out-Of-State

59%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

200

Student Organizations

15

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

29%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
2%
% White or Caucasian
81%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Murray State University receive some sort of financial aid. 36% were awarded federal grants. While 55% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$22,680

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,237

Books and Supplies

$8,588

Room and Board

32,505

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$7,421
$30 - $48K
$8,708
$48 - $75K
$10,816
$75 - $110K
$13,745
$110K & UP
$13,293

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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