Mission & Quick Facts
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
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.
U.S. News Best College for
23 consecutive years. The 2014 rankings place Murray State 8th among
the top public regional universities in the South and the 14th-ranked
public regional university in the nation.
Forbes Top College for
five consecutive years. In addition to being named to the 2013
America’s Top Colleges list, Forbes also designated Murray State as one
of “America’s Top 100 Best Buy" colleges for the fourth year in a row.
G.I. Jobs magazine ranked
MSU a “2014 Military Friendly School.” The list honors the top 20
percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that
are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
The Chronicle of Higher Education named
Murray State one of its “2013 Great Colleges to Work For.” The
designation specifically recognizes MSU for ““Professional/Career
Development Programs,” "Respect and Appreciation" and "Teaching
Location: Murray, Ky.
Type: 4-year, state-supported public university
Colors: Navy blue and gold (white accent)
Nickname: Racers (The MSU varsity baseball team nickname is the Thoroughbreds or 'Breds.)
Average high school GPA: 3.37
Our freshmen class is from 29 states, 9 foreign countries and 66 Kentucky counties.
Student body and faculty
The campus is 60% female and 40% male.
African-American students comprise 7% of the student body.
Fall 2012 freshman returning for the fall 2013 semester: 80%
Our student body represents 45 states, 57 foreign countries and 104 Kentucky counties.
Undergraduate student/faculty ratio: 15 to 1
Eighty-two percent (82%) of full-time instructional faculty have earned the highest degree
in their fields.
Associate programs: 6
Bachelor’s programs: 155
Master’s and specialist programs: 63
Doctoral programs: 4
Average undergraduate class size: 20 Most popular undergraduate fields:
- Animal Health Technology
- Elementary Education
- Business Administration
Other facts and statistics
Murray State University is a tax-supported institution composed of five academic colleges, a
school of agriculture and a school of nursing.
MSU also operates the Pullen Farm, Hancock Biological Station and The Arboretum at Murray State.
There are eight residential colleges on campus.
The main campus is comprised of 74 major buildings and two libraries.
The University extends its services to its space bound students through its regional campuses in
Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson, and also through its distance learning
Murray State has a diverse student body with 752 international students coming from 57
692 students started their careers at Murray State as transfer students.
The six-year graduation rate of MSU’s baccalaureate cohort of 2006 is 54.2%.
Budget allocations for 2012-2013 were 46% for Instruction ($55,337,577), 1% for Research
($980,495), and 12% for Student Services ($14,702,878).
MSU awards over $100 million annually in financial aid and scholarships.