Family Weekend FAQ

When is Family Weekend 2018?

Family Weekend is September 28-30, 2018. This is a great time to visit campus to see your student’s college home! Many fun events are planned for the weekend so your family can have a great time together and learn more about Murray State University.

Where can I find the schedule of events?

Download the 2018 schedule

What is the cost for Family Weekend?

The registration fee for Family Weekend is $25. Other activities, as noted on the schedule, have a fee and some of these can be paid online with the registration site. Many activities are free, as noted on the schedule.  The $25 registration fee provides access to the complimentary lunch and breakfast, access to the Wellness Center, a canvas bag of resources, and 6 general admission football tickets.

When can I register my family for Family Weekend?


Registration has closed. Onsite registration will not be available.

Please contact with questions.

What events can my student attend?

Your student is encouraged to attend all events with you during Family Weekend.

Are the tailgates open to all families?

The Alumni tailgate is open to all families. The Racer Band tailgate is only for Racer Band families.

Can we bring grandparents and other relatives to Family Weekend?

Yes, all family members are welcome.

What if I have more than one student attending the University?

You can include all of your students in one family registration. Keep in mind that students get in free to the football game with their Racer Card ID.

Are divorced parents considered one family or two?

If you register for Family Weekend separately, then you will be considered two separate families. You may, however, register together and be considered one family.

What if I need to make changes to my registration after I have already submitted and paid?

Please email if you need to make adjustments to your registration

What if I missed the deadline to register online?

Registration for Family Weekend is now closed. You are still welcome to attend events on Family Weekend; however, we have given the lunch count to Dining Services and have prepared packets for those who registered during the registration window.  You can purchase football tickets by contacting the MSU ticket office at 270.809.3000.  Many events are free and some you can pay for at the door.  Please see the Family Weekend schedule for details.

Is housing provided for Family Weekend guests?

No, you will be responsible for your own housing. Area accommodations are available on the travel page.

Can my student pick up my welcome packet for our family prior to Family Weekend?

Yes, students may pick up their family’s welcome packet in the Student Affairs Office, 425 Wells Hall, on Monday, September 24 through Friday, September 28 between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Students may need to show their Racer Card ID.

Packets may also be picked up on Saturday, September 29, from 8:30-10:30 am in the Curris Center, 1st Floor (across from the Stables).

Should I bring my own lawn chairs for the Saturday lunch?

You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, etc. The University Store (located in the Curris Center) will also have lawn chairs, blankets, and seat cushions available for purchase. There will be a limited number of tables and folding chairs available. Please note that Murray State is not responsible for any personal items.

Can you guarantee good weather for Family Weekend?

We wish we could! We are hoping for a sunny day with temperatures in the 70’s or 80’s but please come prepared for rain, very cool temperatures, or very warm temperatures.

Where can I find a campus map?

The campus map is available online. A map will also be included in your welcome packet.

How many football tickets am I allowed to reserve?

Each registered family can receive up to 6 football tickets. If additional tickets are needed, you will need to purchase those on game day at the ticket box office window at Stewart Stadium.

Ticket prices:

  • $15 - Chair Seats;
  • $10 - General Admission;
  • $7 - General Admission Child

Can I sit with my student during the Murray State football game?

Yes, your tickets will be general admission, and you may sit with your student.

Can I set up my own tailgate for the football game?

Tailgating spots in the Stewart Stadium parking lot are first come first serve.  If you have any questions regarding tailgating please contact Racer Athletics at 270.809.3369.

Where can I park during Family Weekend?

You can park in any legal parking space on campus. There is no parking pass required and you don't need to register your vehicle online. Please observe and respect reserved spaces for handicap parking, special staff (i.e. Resident Directors), university vehicles, and emergency vehicles. Access the parking zone map and other parking information at

I will be driving my RV to Family Weekend. Where can I park?

The attached map identifies the areas RVs should be parked during Family Weekend (see red area on map). Also, the RV parking participant pass should be completed and displayed on your RV.

I see on Sunday morning, there is a breakfast and a chance to write letters of support to our student and also donate clothing to the Career Closet. Can you tell me more?

Join us to eat breakfast and spend a few moments writing a letter of support to your student to be delivered to him/her during mid-semester time in October. It’s the middle of the semester, there are exams and projects due. What better time to get a letter from home telling your student how proud you are of them and their hard work and dedication? They may not say so, but students really value receiving a supportive letter from home. You can also review the list of care packages you can purchase and send to your student.

The Career Services Career Closet is OPEN!!! Featuring various sizes of slightly-used business professional clothing, Racers have the opportunity to come in and 'shop' for suits, shirts, skirts, blouses, shoes, and other accessories. Find something you like? You get to keep it - for no charge! One outfit per student per semester, please.

Career Closet Donation Guidelines Thinking about donating to the Career Closet? That’s wonderful! What we take: Suits, dress shirts, slacks, skirts, blouses, belts, and dress shoes What we don’t take: Casual clothing (sneakers, jeans, yoga pants, t-shirts, etc.) OR formal wear (prom dresses, tuxedos, etc.)

In order to best serve our students, we have the following guidelines for donations:

  • Clothing should be clean
  • Donations should be free from holes/rips/tears
  • Clothing shouldn’t have any stains
  • Shoes should be able to take a shine
  • Given that students will be wearing these clothes to interviews and events, donations should be of recent vintage and appropriate styling

If you have items that align to these standards, contact Career Services at 270.809.3735 or send us an email at for donation details!

Is Murray State a tobacco free campus?

As of August 5, 2015, Murray State is a tobacco-free campus. Here is a statement from the Murray State Tobacco Policy: The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on all property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the University.