Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the two types of conditional admission?
- ESL conditional admission is for students that do have a 60 or less on the iBT or
a 5.0 (or any band below 4.0) on the IELTS. It is also for students that have not
taken the TOEFL or IELTS yet.
- ESP conditional admission is based on an iBT score of 61-70 (or any band score of
13-15) or an IELTS score of 5.0 (with any band score of 4.0 or 4.5).
If I am admitted ESL conditionally, how long do I need to study in the ESL program
before fully enrolled for my degree classes?
How long you will need to study in the ESL program depends on the results of your
placement testing, which consists of three parts, essay writing, oral interview, and
Institutional TOEFL. Some students may need only one term of ESL study, while others
may need longer.
What documents do I need to submit to apply for unconditional admissions? In other
words, what documents do I need to submit if I have the required TOEFL or IELTS score?
- International Student Application form.
- Official transcripts in both English and your native language.
- Official diploma and degree certificate in both English and your native language.
- Statement of Financial Support with a bank statement or a scholarship letter attached
(the statement is for the amount of estimated living expenses at http://www.murraystate.edu/Students/International/IIS/Admissions/Costs.
Please add $6,000 for each dependent.
- $30 application fee paid with a check or a money order payable to Murray State University.
- Information Release form if you are applying to Murray State through a recruiting
- Official TOEFL/IELTS.
- Graduate students also need the following:
- GRE/GMAT score report sent directly to Murray State University from ETS.
- Two letters of Recommendation.
- Statement of Purpose.
Can I apply to the ESL program only and then after I arrive, apply to the University?
Yes, you can, but you should understand that your admission to the degree program
is not guaranteed.
How can I pay the application fee?
The application fee can be paid with a bank check or an international money order
made payable to Murray State University or by credit card if you apply online
When will I be able to receive my I-20?
If you are admitted, your I-20 packet will be mailed to you by UPS express, and it
should reach you in about four to five days.
Why does a graduate application take longer to process?
A graduate application has to be reviewed by the program you are applying to in addition
to being evaluated by the International Admissions Office.
Does Murray State require a medical examination record of its students?
No, Murray State does not require any kind of medical examination or immunizations.
Does MSU have a student health service program?
We have a Health Services clinic which offers free health care to students during
What documents do I need to submit to reserve my housing on campus?
You need to submit the Residential College application (for dormitories) or the College
Courts application (for students 21 and older) and a $150 deposit.
When do I need to apply for housing?
You should apply as soon as you know you are coming to Murray. There is often a waiting
list for College Courts because the number of apartments available is limited.
When am I expected to arrive on campus?
The dates you should arrive will be included in your Admission letter. We have a shuttle
from the Nashville airport on certain dates, but usually it is either the weekend
or the week before the start date on your I-20.
Do I have internet access in my dorm room? Is MSU wireless?
Yes, you do. Wireless access is available in many places on campus but not everywhere
What’s the weather like in Murray?
There are four seasons in Murray. The temperature is mild in both winter and summer. In
winter, November through March, you may see some snow, and the average temperature
is about 35-45 Fahrenheit. In summer, June through August, it could be humid and
hot with an average temperature of about 85-95 Fahrenheit. In fall and spring seasons,
from September to October and April to May, the weather is nice with an average temperature
around 55-70 Fahrenheit.
What clothes should I bring to Murray?
Coats, sweaters, and summer clothes.
Which airport is the closest one to Murray State?
The airport in Nashville, TN (BNA) is the closest major airport.
Is there anyone to pick me up at the Nashville International airport?
We offer a shuttle service before classes start in August and January. Please check
your admission letter for the specific dates. If you arrive during the shuttle, the
cost is $75. If you arrive before or after, we cannot guarantee we can pick you up.
What time during the day is the best for me to arrive at the airport?
Anytime before 5 pm is okay. If you arrive after 5 pm, you will need to spend the
night in Nashville and we’ll pick you up the next day.
Why am I required to have a meal plan?
All students (including Americans) who live on campus, are under 21, and are not a
Junior or Senior are required to have a meal plan. Our cafeterias offer a wide variety
of foods including international foods.
How can I pay my tuition and fees and for housing and meals?
University fees are posted on MyGate, the university computer system. You can pay
with a check at Sparks Hall or with a credit card like MasterCard, Discover or American
Express. Please note that Visa cards are not acceptable and that there is a 2.75%
transaction fee if you pay with a credit card through MyGate.
Where can I open a bank account?
We will help you open an account in a local bank after you arrive, and you can then
use your checks to pay your tuition and fees and for housing and meals to Murray State
Can I use my credit card outside Murray State, and will I be charged a transaction
You can use your credit card in almost all businesses off campus, and there is no
Do I have to buy health insurance? What’s the minimum coverage required?
Yes, the United States government requires international students to have health insurance
with $100,000 minimum coverage per accident. If you bring a policy from your country,
it must be written in English.
When should I buy health insurance?
You can buy health insurance in your country before you arrive, or we will help you
buy it before classes start.
What if I don’t have health insurance?
You are required to buy health insurance before you start classes. If you do not,
you cannot attend classes.
Are there clubs or other student organizations on campus that I can join?
Yes, there are many clubs and organizations on campus. We also have a International
Student Organization as well as other groups such as the Saudi Student Organization,
the Korean Student Organization and the Chinese Student Organization. Please visit
the Murray State website for more information.
Is there public transportation in Murray?
Yes, there is the Racer Route running a few different routes around campus and the
Murray community. The Racer Route is a free campus transportation bus that will take
you to the local grocery stores, restaurants, hair salons, Walmart, and other stores.
Where can I buy groceries?
There are a few grocery stores within walking distance from campus and on the Racer
shuttle routes. There is also a small grocery store on campus, conveniently located
near the student cafeteria.
How can I go to the airport if I do not have a car?
You can take a taxi from Murray, or there is a Murray State shuttle at the beginning
and end of each fall and spring semester running to the airport.
What will I do during the holidays, for example, Thanksgiving, Christmas or spring
Many international students travel during this time, and some are invited home by
their American roommates or friends. You are welcome to stay on campus during this
time also if you do not feel like going anywhere.
How can I get a driver's license?
You must apply at the Paducah, KY Driver’s License office (45 minutes from Murray)
and take the driving test, written test, and vision test in Murray. If you have a
driver’s license from your home country, you should bring it with you.
Can I take university classes and ESL classes at the same time?
When you are in Level 5 or Level 6, you can take one or two academic courses with
the permission of the ESL Director and that of the course professor while studying
in the ESL program.
How do I check my admission status?
Follow these steps to check your
status if you have applied online:
- Go to the online application page.
- Log in using the ID & Password you created to apply.
- After you log in, choose the completed application.
- Your status should show in the window.
- For questions you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.