Richmond College update

Campus Visitors

My student is interested in visiting campus. Is that possible?

Absolutely! Future Racers and their families are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by contacting our Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 270-809-3741 or Toll-free - 800-272-4678 ext. 1. You can also email us at


Will I be able to get housing at Murray State next year?

As always, the University’s goal is for every student who applies for a room to be able to stay on campus. Housing assignments are reviewed in the order that they are received and assigned by seniority. Assignments will be released to students in Summer 2018.   

What are the housing options available to students?

Murray State University offers a variety of housing options ranging from private and double occupancy rooms, to suite-style living, to apartments. For more information on our residential halls, please visit


Incident Update

When did the explosion happen?

There was an explosion at JH Richmond Hall at 4:53pm on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

What caused the explosion?

Based on the preliminary investigation, the explosion is believed to have been related to a natural gas release.

Can JH Richmond be saved? What about the other residence halls?

Structural engineers are assessing the extent of the damage to J.H. Richmond Hall. As part of the State Fire Marshal’s ongoing investigation, a portion of J.H. Richmond Hall was deconstructed during the Fall 2017. While the investigation is still ongoing, the facility has been released to the University so that preliminary structural assessments can begin. Future plans for J.H. Richmond Hall will be determined based on the recommendations of a structural engineering firm, in collaboration with University officials and insurance adjusters. As always, capital construction plans will require approval of the Board of Regents.

What about the structural integrity of the other residence halls?

Murray State University is committed to the safety and security of our campus community. The University had an external engineering firm assess the structural integrity of the campus buildings surrounding JH Richmond Hall following the June 28th incident. This assessment included all other residence halls located north of Chestnut Street, Winslow Dining Hall, Heritage Hall, Bauernfeind Wellness Center, Stewart Stadium, CFSB Center and the Chestnut Street Pedestrian Bridge. According to the engineers, “no evidence of structural damage from this event was observed.”

Are there other details related to the investigation?

As of June 29, 2017, the Kentucky State Police have transferred control of the affected incident area on the campus of Murray State University to the Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s Office. While the State Fire Marshall’s Office investigation is still ongoing, the facility has been released to the University so that preliminary structural assessments can begin.

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