Murray State University recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 33rd consecutive year

By Shawn Touney | Sep 18, 2023

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University receives national accolades in the quality, value and accessibility of a Murray State education

University receives national accolades in the quality, value and accessibility of a Murray State education

MURRAY, Ky. – Murray State University has again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top universities in the country in multiple categories, marking the institution’s 33rd consecutive year of top-tier rankings by the national college guide.

Murray State ranks first in the state of Kentucky among public, comprehensive universities in the South in categories including Regional Universities, Top Public Schools, Best Value Schools and Best Colleges for Veterans.

Specifically, Murray State ranks in the South region as follows:

31st - Regional Universities 

13th - Top Public Schools 

9th - Best Value Schools

11th - Best Colleges for Veterans

Top 150 Performers on Social Mobility

Murray State has also been recognized as a top university in undergraduate academic programs of business, computer science and nursing, with a specific mention of engineering and an increase in rank by 9%.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the 33rd consecutive year across multiple categories, particularly attributes of the quality, value and accessibility of a Murray State education,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “We continue to see enrollment growth, including this fall’s largest freshman class in the history of Murray State University. Over the past five years, we have awarded a record amount in scholarships and financial aid while continuing to enhance our academic programs and campus resources to support our students. This is an exciting time to be a Murray State Racer.” 

The University was highlighted within the past month as a best value for students seeking a college degree by Washington Monthly in its “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings, as well as spotlighted nationally for both quality and value by Forbes.  

Murray State offers 148 academic programs within six colleges and schools for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to achieve their personal and professional goals. With personalized class sizes and more than 170 student organizations on campus, Racers discover countless opportunities for a life-changing educational experience.

Murray State continues to offer financial assistance to Racers and their families. Based on the University’s most recent data, more than $115 million is awarded annually to students in financial aid and scholarships, and among its freshman class, 99 percent received a scholarship or financial aid. 

Admission for the 2024-25 academic year at Murray State University is open as future Racers can apply today at Students interested in joining the Racer family can also learn more as well as schedule a campus visit by calling the office of recruitment at 270-809-2896 or emailing

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