Racer 101

Join us for Racer 101

  • Meet incoming Racers, faculty and staff
  • Experience the Murray State community
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Have adventures
  • Expand your campus knowledge!

Racer 101 - Blue:  June 9-11, 2019

Racer 101 - Gold:  July 9-11, 2019


Julie Boyken
Admission Counselor - Asst. Coordinator of New Student Programs

Register now

After you fill out the registration form, we will hold your reservation until we receive your $120.00 fee. Space is limited, so send your payment as soon as possible.

After we receive your payment, we will send a confirmation to the e-mail address you provided.

Please make checks payable to Murray State University and mail to Murray State Office of Recruitment, Racer 101, 102 Curris Center, Murray KY 42071.

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Day 1 - Welcome to Murray State University

Time Activity Location
1:00 p.m. Student Check-In Hart College
2:30 p.m. Opening Welcome Session CC Theatre
3:30 p.m. Group Work Curris Center
5:30 p.m. Break  Explore Campus
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Game Night TBD
9:00 p.m. Murray State Campus Quest Various Locations
10:00 p.m. Dairy Queen Dairy Queen
11:00 p.m. Lights Out Hart College

Day 2 - College Readiness & Leadership

Time Activity Location
8:00 a.m. Breakfast w/ University Representatives      T-Room
9:00 a.m. Team-Building Activities Curris Center
12:00 p.m. Lunch T-Room
1:00 p.m. The Murray State Experience CC Ballroom
2:30 p.m. Student Panel CC Theatre
3:30 p.m. Diversity Program CC Ballroom
4:30 p.m. Break/Wellness TBD
6:00 p.m. Themed Dinner CC Ballroom
8:00 p.m. Social Event CC Ballroom
11:30 p.m. Lights Out Hart College

Day 3 - Closing Day

Time Activity Location
7:30 a.m. Breakfast w/Dr. Robertson T-Room
10:30 a.m. Closing Ceremony CC Ballroom
1:00 p.m. Lunch TBD
2:00 p.m. Student Check-Out Hart College


What is Racer 101?

Racer 101 is an extended orientation allowing students to get an idea of college life before they actually move in and start classes in the fall. Racer 101 is different from Summer Orientation, where students register for classes. This is a three-day program of activities where incoming freshmen learn the layout of campus, interact with older students, are taught Murray State traditions, and participate in team building exercises.

Why should I attend Racer 101?

If you are a natural born leader (or even a self taught leader), Racer 101 is the place for you! This is an opportunity for students who want to be involved on campus to meet new people and make new friends. It also gives us an opportunity to get to know our incoming freshmen, who will eventually be the spokespersons for the university. It gives us a chance to get to view your leadership skills. You may be one of our future Student Ambassadors or Summer O Counselors.

Do I have to attend Racer 101?

No, it is not required that you attend Racer 101. However, if you are looking for a way to get involved on campus, this program is designed for you. It is a way to jumpstart your involvement on campus. Studies show that students who get involved outside of the classroom actually do better scholastically, have the support of their fellow students, and are exposed to encouraging faculty and staff members. These students are more likely to finish their degrees than students who do not get involved.

How do I register?

Space is limited - You can register one of two ways. You can submit the on-line registration form. Once you submit the form, we will hold your registration until we receive your payment. You can also fill out the form, print it, and mail it in with your payment to Murray State Office of Recruitment, Racer 101, 102 Curris Center, Murray KY 42071.

How much does it cost?

The $120 fee covers the two night accommodations on campus and all meals. It also covers the cost of programming and scheduled events, as well as a Racer 101 t-shirt. 

Costs for Racer 101 are partially refundable, however, a request must be made in writing 4 full weeks before the date of the selected Racer 101. There will be a $40 processing fee.

When do I check-in?

Check-in is at 1:00 p.m. on the first date of each session. Please note that we are in the Central Standard Time zone (CST) and you may need to adjust your clocks accordingly.

Be sure to bring yourCamper Consent and Release Form (.pdf) with you to check-in, filled out by a parent.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will be staying in one of our residential colleges; you will need to bring a blanket and a pillow, linens(sheets, towels, washcloths), you may also need an alarm clock, and will need to bring personal supplies (soap, shampoo, etc). You will be outside for the majority of the time, so be sure to bring cool, comfortable clothing and good walking shoes. 

Will I need to bring money?

It is not necessary to bring money with you. However, you will have an opportunity to visit our University Bookstore or you may choose to visit our Thoroughbrewed Café, which is one of our two coffee shops on campus which proudly brews Starbucks® coffee. Therefore, you may choose to bring a little spending money, but that is entirely up to you.

What to bring

Recommended Packing List for Racer 101 Camp

You will be staying in one of our residential colleges and will need to provide your own sheets, blanket, pillow, towels and washcloths.

You will be outside for the portions of the camp so be sure to bring cool, comfortable clothing and good walking shoes.


  • pajamas
  • comfortable shorts/t-shirts or athletic clothes
  • clothes for evening activities
  • sandals/flip flops
  • sneakers & socks (extra socks)
  • long pants/sweatshirt (just in case it is cool/muggy at night)
  • bathing suit/swim wear (swim towels)

Basic Toiletries:

  • soap
  • shampoo
  • toothbrush & toothpaste

Additional Suggested Supplies:

  • sunscreen
  • bug spray
  • rain gear (just in case) 

Camper Consent and Release Form

Each camper will need to download and print the form below, have a parent fill it out, and bring it with them to turn in at check-in.

Camper Consent and Release Form (.pdf)

 Racer 101 students