New Freshmen

How to apply

  • Apply for admission and submit any admission materials (i.e. admission fees, transcripts, etc) to the appropriate MSU admissions office before January 16th to ensure you will have time to get your myGate login information and be able to access the MSU General Scholarship Application.
  • Complete MSU General Scholarship Application by January 16 4:30 p.m. Central Time to be considered for competitive scholarships.
  • You will need your myGate log-in information to access the scholarship application.

All undergraduate students must file and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive any university scholarships and/or discounts.

Cost calculator

Get an idea of what it will cost you to attend Murray State University. Our quick and convenient cost calculator will provide an estimate based on tuition and fees, room and board, books and expenses as well as your eligibility for scholarships, grants and financial aid.

Available Scholarships

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Academic Achievement Scholarships

Academic Achievement Scholarship chart

  • Trustees - covers 100% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester, plus a stipend of $1,500 annually
    Trustee scholarship recipients must participate in the Honors College
    Requirements: GPA: 3.7 and above; AND ACT: 33 and above; and/or SAT: 1510 and above
  • Regents - covers 80% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester , plus a stipend of $1,500 annually
    Requirements: GPA: 3.6 and above; AND ACT: 30 and above; and/or SAT: 1410 and above
  • Provost - covers 60% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester, plus a stipend of $1,000 annually
    Requirements: GPA: 3.5and above; AND ACT: 28 and above; and/or SAT: 1340 and above
  • Carr - covers 45% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester
    Requirements: GPA: 3.5 and above; AND ACT: 26 and above; and/or SAT: 1270 and above
  • University - covers 20% Tuition up to 15 semester hours each fall & spring semester
    Requirements: GPA: 3.0 and above; AND ACT: 24 and above; and/or SAT: 1190 and above
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Rules and Regulations 

  • Awarded at the time of admission (first-come, first-serve)
  • Students qualify for only one Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • Awards are for up to four years at MSU, or until Bachelor's degree is obtained (whichever occurs first)
  • Scholars must meet GPA and academic progress requirements each year to renew
  • Academic Achievement Scholarships can be applied to direct costs (tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan charges, etc.)
  • SAT Scores are for SAT tests taken March 2016 or later.  For SAT exams taken prior to March 2016, please contact the Scholarship Office for the appropriate conversion.

Revisions can be made with higher test scores or GPAs obtained by January 16th before attending MSU in the following fall semester.

 

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined)
  • Participate in the Honors College if receiving a Trustee Scholarship
  • Cannot be combined with Presidential Fellowship, Marvin D. Mills Scholarship, GSP/GSA Scholarships or National Merit Finalist Scholarship. If a student qualifies for both an Academic Achievement Scholarship and one of the other previously listed scholarships, they will be given the scholarship that best benefits the student.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Award Covers

  • 100% Tuition
  • On-campus housing (double occupancy)
  • Meal plan
  • Only available for new freshmen for Fall 2016 or future fall semesters
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet  requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined)
  • Participate in the Honors College

Presidential Fellowship

Deadline to Apply

January 16th 4:30 p.m. Students must submit all admission and scholarship applications and documents by the deadline.

Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 28 ACT composite score (or minimum of 1250 SAT Verbal and Math Combined Score  )
  • AND a 3.7 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Selection Information
Students meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to Murray State’s Honors Day (a Saturday in February-TBD)  from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Honors Day will give students a chance to learn more about the programs on Murray State’s campus geared towards high-achieving students, including the University’s Honors College. Students attending Honors Day will also write essays and attend group interviews. Based upon application materials, essays, and group interviews, a select group of the students who attend Honors Day will be invited back for final, individual Presidential Fellowship interviews in March. Students must attend Honors Day to be considered for the Presidential Fellowship.

Presidential Fellowships cover the cost of tuition, on-campus housing, and a meal plan. The fellowship is awarded for four consecutive years (summers excluded) or until receipt of first bachelor’s degree.  In order for the fellowship to be renewed yearly, recipients must maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA, full-time status, participate in the Honors College, and participate in research in the appropriate academic discipline.  Presidential Fellowships cannot be combined with any other MSU scholarships.

Event Schedule
Students and parents will receive a customized schedule for the day during registration.  However, general schedules can be accessed at the links below:

Travel Information
If you need directions or accommodations, please visit our travel information.

Diversity Scholarships

 Deadline to Apply

January 16th 4:30 p.m. Students must submit all admission and scholarship applications and documents by the deadline.

3 Types of Diversity Scholarships

  • Marvin D. Mills Scholarship
  • Gold Diversity Scholarship
  • Blue Diversity Scholarship

Marvin D. Mills Scholarship

 Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 21 ACT composite score
  • AND a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Award Covers

  • Tuition cost equal to Kentucky cost of tuition
  • On-campus housing (double occupancy)
  • Meal plan
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined)
  • Complete Mills Multicultural Center requirements

Gold Diversity 

 Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 21 ACT composite score
  • AND a 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Award Covers

  • $4000 annually - can pay toward any direct cost, non-penalty fees (i.e. tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan, etc
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet  requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative MSU GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined
  • Complete Mills Multicultural Center requirements

Blue Diversity Award

 Who is eligible
Graduating high school seniors with

  • a minimum of 18 ACT composite score
  • AND a 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Award Covers

  • $2000 annually - can pay toward any direct cost, non-penalty fees (i.e. tuition, on-campus housing, meal plan, etc
  • Awarded for up to four years to be received, for eight academic consecutive semesters
  • Scholars must meet  requirements listed below each year to renew

Renewal requirements

  • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative MSU GPA
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Earn at least 24 credits hours within the academic year (fall & spring semesters combined
  • Complete Mills Multicultural Center requirements

GSP/GSA Scholarships

Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program and Governor's School for the Arts Scholarships

2 Scholarship Levels for Kentucky GSP and GSA Alumni who will be entering MSU as new freshmen in the fall semester:

  1. Full Tuition for students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school GPA & minimum 25 ACT Composite score
  2. $1000 for students not meeting the full tuition requirements but who have an ACT Composite Score of at least an 18 and at least a 3.3 cumulative high school GPA

 In addition, there are six competitive full-tuition scholarships for GSA alumni not meeting the 25 ACT and 3.5 GPA requirements but who have at least an 18 ACT and 3.3 GPA.  Students must be majoring in art, music, or theatre to compete for one of these six tuition scholarships.  Contact the appropriate academic department for more information. 

 GSP/GSA Scholarships are awarded for four years (amount to be split in half for eight consecutive semesters) or until the first bachelor's degree is obtained, whichever occurs first.

Renewal requires the following:

  • 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hour per each fall and spring semester)
  • Completion of at least 24 credit hours combined from the fall and spring semester

GSP/GSA Scholarships cannot be combined with the following scholarships:

  • Academic Achievement Scholarships
  • Presidential Fellowships
  • Commonwealth Honors Academy Scholarships
  • Marvin D. Mills Scholarships
  • National Merit Finalist Scholarships

 Students must complete the following to qualify for MSU scholarships:

 GSP/GSA Scholarship award notification will be sent in the spring when all other competitive scholarship award notification is sent via email.

 

Racer Promise Tuition Program

First-time freshmen from the 18-county service region may be eligible for the Racer Promise tuition program. The program guarantees that the qualifying student’s tuition (web and course fees excluded) is covered for eight semesters or until the first undergraduate degree is earned, whichever occurs first.

Students who qualify for the Pell Grant, CAP Grant, and KEES Scholarship must meet the below requirements each year. Then, if the sum of the Pell Grant, CAP Grant, and KEES Scholarship does not equal tuition, MSU will supplement the difference with scholarships to make sure the student has enough aid to cover tuition.

Requirements (Pell Grant, CAP Grant, KEES)

  • Be a Kentucky resident of Murray State University's (MSU) 18-county service region.
  • Enter MSU as a first-time freshmen in the fall semester.*
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 31.**
  • Receive the Federal Pell Grant.
  • Receive the Kentucky CAP Grant.
  • Receive the KEES Scholarship.
  • Complete the Racer Promise application (each year) in the MSU scholarship system (STARS) by January 15 along with applying for other available scholarships.
  • Take a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester.
  • Maintain the minimum standards of MSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative MSU GPA of 2.5 based on grades earned at MSU.
  • Meet all renewal requirements for any MSU scholarship received.

Note: There is no age limit for participation, provided the applicant is a first-time freshman when entering the program. Eligible recipients must reapply each year and meet all requirements to maintain eligibility.  

*Applicants will not be disqualified as first-time freshmen if they have credit through advanced placement or dual credit courses or have taken community college courses in the summer between high school graduating and MSU enrollment.  

Incoming transfer students are not eligible for the program.

**MSU'S Financial Aid Office must receive ALL required verification documents by May 1, which include, but are not limited to: Documents to explain any individual circumstances as requested or required by May 1, including the Dependency Change Request Form, the Special Circumstance Form, and any supporting documentation as required by the MSU Financial Aid Office, and the completed and signed Statement of Income and Expense Form (if requested).

Excellence Award

MSU's 18-county service regionThe Murray State University Excellence Award will award one valedictorian and one salutatorian at each public high school within the 18 county service region a one-time $1,000 scholarship to attend Murray State University. 

The two recipients from each school will be determined by the high school guidance counselor/principal in consultation with the Office of Enrollment Management. The Excellence Award will be in addition to other MSU institutional scholarships.

To be considered, students must apply through the MSU Scholarship Manager Portal by January 16 4:30 p.m.