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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Murray State is an above-average public university located in Murray, Kentucky. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,584 undergraduate students. The Murray State acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 49% of students, Murray State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,700.
About Murray State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference
Address
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071

Murray State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
980-1190
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$11,562/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,115/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,644/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,309/ year
  • $76-110k
    $14,590/ year
  • $110k+
    $14,798/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
80%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.79 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.79 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,584Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Friendly
    62%
  • Determined
    31%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • Surviving
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.94 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.102 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 54 responses
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  • Great place to be.
    35%
  • Very friendly school, feels like home!
    24%
  • Proud
    15%
  • A place to grow and to bloom
    11%
  • Community
    7%
  • Excellent
    4%
  • Family.
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.48 responses
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So far I’ve had a good experience at Murray State. The majorities of my professors so far have been extremely good at their job, and they’re happy to explain whatever you don’t understand. The class sizes are also relatively small, which is a big help. The dorm rooms aren’t great, but most dorm rooms aren’t. It’s also difficult to get into the dorm you want as a freshman, since current students take priority. On-campus freshman are required to have an unlimited meal plan for Winslow dining hall. The food there isn’t bad, but it gets boring really quickly. As for student life, there are almost too many clubs and organizations to count. If you know where to look, it’s easy to find a good fit for you. Don’t be afraid to ask around and get as involved as possible. School is a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun too!
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From my experience with Murray State, I would like to see the change of how admissions is done. I had issues with admissions due to the fact that my ACT score was low. I would like for the admissions to focus less on test scores because that doesn’t prove what a student is capable of and once I got accepted after an interview, i told myself that I wouldn’t want any one else to get in that situation. I want everyone to have the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual at Murray State! Overall though, the community is amazing and the feel of campus makes you feel home away from home. If someone is thinking about Murray State, I would definitely reccomend it for them.
I love Murray State with a burning passion! The community they've built on campus is amazingly homey and comforting. There are always people willing to talk to you and it's a smaller school so there aren't a million people on campus, which helps. When you come in as a freshman, you get to do great beginnings which is basically just a giant ice breaker and really helps to get you started in that homey vibe. A very diverse population on campus and so many services I probably don't even know all of them, including free counseling services and free gym.