We are leaders. We are family. We are Racers.
Racers have a relentless pursuit to any goal. Recognized as one of America’s best values, Murray State offers a high-quality, high-impact, life-defining college experience that prepares you for personal and professional success. Our students are forward moving and future thinking. A special living and learning community is waiting for you.
Discover what you love
When you choose Murray State University, you get endless opportunities to pursue your passion. We make sure of it with 145 academic programs that offer small class sizes, individualized attention and hands-on experiences. No matter your major, our supportive faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.Browse academic programs
Murray State at a glance
One Racer family.
Murray State is a place where you belong. We welcome Racers from all walks of life, socioeconomic background, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability and more. Murray State has been named #1 in campus safety initiatives by Safe Campus and the city of Murray was named among the top 50 safest college towns by Safe Wise. We provide on-campus health services to students with on-site physicians, nurses and staff, along with after-hours access. As part of the Racer family, you will join a community that is inclusive, friendly, accessible and where you can truly be yourself.
“Murray State brings out the student, the friend, and the citizen in everyone. Our professors want us to be good human beings, as well as dedicated students and strong job candidates. You can't find that same sense of care and dedication from professors and faculty just anywhere.”
“If you can get on campus and walk around, someone is going to say ‘hi’ to you. Someone is going to talk to you. It’s an amazing opportunity to set foot on campus and that’s what I think will win you over.”
College is a completely unique time in your life that you’ll remember forever. So why not make it exactly what you want it to be? Murray State offers something for everyone with a variety of ways to have fun and get involved.
Goals, dreams, outcomes.
Murray State’s Career Services team is committed to helping you land the internship or post-graduation job of your dreams. Polish your resume with the writing team, find your new look with free professional attire from the Career Closet, pick up a suit or blouse at the JCPenney Suit-Up sale and check out internship opportunities from nearly 4,300 employers through Handshake, Career Services’s online career management platform.
“Murray State was not too close but not too far from home, and it felt like a friendly and safe environment: a home away from home. Murray State is huge on diversity and making sure everyone is provided the same opportunities, which definitely sets it apart.”
One of America's best college values.
Murray State offers high-quality academic programs, the total college experience and a best-value education that is recognized nationally. We're proud to be named a 'Best Bang for the Buck' by Washington Monthly, a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report for 30 straight years, and one of 'America's Top Colleges' by Forbes for 12 straight years. Based on our most recent reports, we have the highest percentage of undergraduate students who graduate with no known student loan debt among all Kentucky public institutions.
Take the next step
Take the first step today in joining the Racer family! Our ACT/SAT test-optional admissions process gives flexibility to more students in recognizing the success and accomplishments throughout your high school career!
Murray State disbursed approximately $115 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers based on our most recent reports.
Once admitted, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible for priority review and awarding.
Come see our beautiful campus and meet current students, faculty and staff. Or schedule a virtual visit and connect with our Admissions staff wherever you are.
Housing & dining
Chick-fil-A, Steak 'n Shake, Einstein Bros. Bagels and much more. Getting hungry yet? Our residence halls are just a short walk from classes, dining venues and campus events.
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- FAFSA Available: October 1
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Murray State disbursed approximately $117 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers, based on our most recent annual reports.
Application available: September 1
Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant
Alumni know that students at Murray State University will receive a life-changing, high-impact, total college experience as they pursue success, and are supported throughout their journey by a special community that includes dedicated faculty and staff.
The Murray State Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant provides in-state tuition to eligible out-of-state undergraduate children and grandchildren of Murray State graduates.
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Housing & dining
- Housing application available: October 1
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DiningCheck out meal plan options
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Admitted Student Weekend
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