Located in far west Kentucky, Hester College is one of the eight residential colleges which are the heart of student life at Murray State University. The college takes its name from the long time registrar at MSU.
Hester College prides itself on the achievements of its students. In the past, Hester students have earned both the academic flag, for having the highest composite cumulative grade point average among residential colleges, and the All Sports Trophy. Hester College has also been home to the prestigious President's Cups for Academics and Athletics. Hester College has also proven successful in the annual quick recall tournaments, debate tournaments, and All Campus Sing.
Hester College also is proud of the contributions of approximately 100 faculty and staff members of the college. Many have advised organizations, attended dinners with students, presented programs, and participated in social events.
Hester Highlights is a newsletter published biweekly by Hester College students.
Hester College is self-governing; an executive board and council meet on alternate Monday nights to set policy and plan activities for the college. Many activities are carried out through the functioning of the standing Programming, Public Relations, Service, and Social committees.
Major traditions of the college include Phoenix Day, Monster Bash (a college-wide costume party near Halloween), Hedgehog Day (each February 2nd), the annual Spring Luau complete with grass skirts and leis, and signing of the Hester Rock by graduating seniors.
Murray State University Residential College Mission Statement:
The mission of the Murray State University Residential College System is to provide engaging living and learning communities for MSU resident and commuter students, with the participation of faculty and professional staff. We promote student retention through graduation by providing living-learning communities which foster student involvement, competition, leadership development, and service, while promoting an appreciation for diversity and individual differences.
Our Vision: At Hester College, we take pride in our community, sports, and academic achievements. We strive to make our residents, commuters, and faculty members feel welcomed. We are committed to our member's growth by providing a safe and enjoyable environment. Community is very important because together we shall stand victorious