Mission & Quick Facts

Mission Statement

Murray State University serves as a nationally recognized residential comprehensive university, with a strong extended campus and online presence, offering high-quality associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Academic programs are offered in the core areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. Teaching, research, and service excellence are core values and guiding principles that promote economic development and the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region.

Murray State University places a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with alumni, the public schools, business and industry, governmental agencies, and other colleges and universities at home and abroad. Murray State University prepares graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The University is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience.

Murray State University emphasizes student-centered learning and educational experiences that include first year experience, the honors program, internships, study-abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, residential colleges, and student organizations.

In sum, Murray State University fosters an exciting and challenging learning environment.


Location:  Murray, Ky.
Founded: 1922
Type:  4-year, state-supported public university
Colors:  Navy blue and gold (white accent)
Nickname: Racers


Total: 10,495
Undergraduate:  8,886
Graduate:  1,609

First-time freshmen

Enrolled:  1,502
Average ACT score of freshmen admitted without conditions: 24
Our freshmen class is from 26 states, 17 foreign countries and 68 Kentucky counties.

Student body and faculty

The student body is 59% female and 41% male.

Fall 2015 full-time freshmen returning for the fall 2016 semester: 74%
Our students are residents of 46 states. We have 641 international students from 41 countries.
605 students transferred to Murray State in fall 2016.
Our six-year graduation rate is 49%. (This is based on students who first enrolled at Murray State in fall 2010).


Undergraduate certificates: 4
Associate programs:
Bachelor's programs:  63, with 97 specialized track options
Graduate certificates: 11
Master's and specialist programs:  43, with 54 specialized options
Doctoral programs:  3, with 12 specialized options
Average undergraduate class size:  20
Undergraduate student to faculty ratio: 15 to 1
79% of full-time, instructional faculty have earned the highest degree in their field. 

Undergraduate fields with the highest enrollment:

  • Animal Health Technology
  • Nursing
  • Agriculture
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Business Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Biology
  • Integrated Studies
  • Social Work
  • Psychology

Other facts and statistics

Murray State University is a tax-supported institution composed of eight academic colleges and schools:

Regional campuses

There are eight residential colleges on campus.


Financial Aid

MSU awards over $100 million annually in financial aid and scholarships.

In fall 2016, 93% of new, full-time freshmen and 87% of full-time undergraduates received some form of financial aid.


 For more information, please see the Common Data Set and Murray State University Fact Books.