National Rankings

Current rankings

A "Top Tier" university in academic quality for 30 consecutive years – 1992-2021
U.S. News & World Report

Ranked 26th Best Regional University among all public and private universities in the southern region. – 2021
U.S. News & World Report

Ranked 11th Top Public Regional University among all public universities in the southern region – 2021
U.S. News & World Report

Ranked 39th among Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report  - 2021
U.S. News & World Report

Ranked 13th among all regional universities in the south on the U.S. News & World Report "2020 Best Colleges for Veterans."
U.S. News & World Report

2020 Best Colleges and Number 1 regional public institution in Kentucky

Murray State ranked  "Best Bang for the Buck" - 2020
Washington Monthly

Ranked in "2021 Best Colleges in America"
- Niche

Best among Kentucky comprehensive public institutions - highest percentage of undergraduate students who graduate with no known debt (2020)

Recognized as the top four-year college in Kentucky by

 Ranked on the "America's Best Colleges" list twelve consecutive years. – 2008-2019

First public university and the third academic institution in the world to be designated as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Community Safety.

Named a Tier 1 university - 2020
- Educate to Career 

Named among “The Southeast’s 10 Best Hidden Gem Universities” - 2020
- College Gazette

City of Murray/Murray State ranked as one of the nations' top 50 safest college towns - 2019
- SafeWise

Named first in the nation for campus safety initiatives - 2018
- Safe Campus

Rankings current as of September 21, 2020.