Mission & Quick Facts
Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities. We offer relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs with core studies in the liberal arts and sciences, leading to degrees from certificates to advanced practice doctorates that prepare students for success. Through effective and creative teaching, the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations, and academic and student support services, our quality faculty and staff foster student growth in knowledge, critical inquiry, and innovative thinking. As a public comprehensive university dedicated to diversity, global awareness, and intellectual curiosity, we actively engage students, faculty, staff, and the community in collaborative scholarship, creative activity, and research. We invest in our communities through thoughtful public service in our 18-county service region and beyond. Our uniqueness arises from our combination of academic excellence, welcoming atmosphere, and dedication to student success through mentored, real-world learning opportunities in an open-minded and supportive learning environment.
Location: Murray, Ky.
Type: 4-year, state-supported public university
Colors: Navy blue and gold (white accent)
- Total: 9,456
- Undergraduate: 7,939
- Graduate: 1,517
- Enrolled: 1,503
- Average ACT score of freshmen admitted without conditions: 24.
- High ranking students: 46.03% of the current freshman class ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating classes
- Our freshmen class is from 28 states, 4 foreign countries and 76 Kentucky counties.
Faculty and staff
- More than $7.3 million in grants was awarded to Murray State faculty between July 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 to benefit hands-on learning opportunities
- 75% of full-time, instructional faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
- University Libraries provides access to more than 463,000 collections to aid faculty, staff and student research endeavors
Student body and faculty
- The student body is 62.95% female and 37.06% male.
- Fall 2019 full-time freshmen returning for the fall 2019 semester: 79.31%
- Our students are residents of 48 states. We have 401 international students from 45 countries.
- 760 students transferred to Murray State in Fall 2020.
- Our six-year graduation rate is 54.5%.
- Undergraduate certificates: 6
- Associate programs: 6
- Bachelor's programs: 60
- Graduate certificates: 11
- Master's and specialist programs: 37
- Specialist degrees: 3
- Doctoral programs: 3
- Average undergraduate class size: 18
- Undergraduate student to faculty ratio: 15.5 to 1
Undergraduate fields with the highest enrollment:
- Animal Health Technology
- Agricultural Science
- Business Administration
- Occupational Safety and Health
Other facts and statistics
Murray State University is a tax-supported institution composed of six academic colleges and schools:
- Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
- College of Education and Human Services
- College of Humanities and Fine Arts
- Hutson School of Agriculture
- Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
- School of Nursing and Health Professions.
There are eight residential colleges on campus.
- Murray State awards over $125 million annually in financial aid and scholarships.
Highest percentage of graduates with no student debt - #1 among all Kentucky public institutions(based on 2017-18 data)
- In fall 2017, 95.55% of new, full-time freshmen and 81.54% of full-time undergraduates received some form of financial aid.