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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  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 6,236 undergraduate students. The Murray State acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 55% of students, Murray State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,700.
218 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Ohio Valley Conference

Murray State University Rankings

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Murray State U Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1040-1250
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$11,512/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,450/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B+
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
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    29%
  • On Campus
    64%
  • Online
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,236Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,820
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
40%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 45 responses
  • Friendly
    62%
  • Determined
    29%
  • Small-town
    4%
  • Stressed
    2%
  • 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.100 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.108 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
  • Great place to be.
    32%
  • Very friendly school, feels like home!
    27%
  • Proud
    13%
  • A place to grow and to bloom
    10%
  • Community
    8%
  • Excellent
    3%
  • Family.
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
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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Murray State University Reviews

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With the limitations during the 2020 year, MSU did the best they could. However, their best was also fantastic! I did not have a single hiccup in miscommunications on a project, curriculum and due dates were still well-understood, and with Zoom classes available scheduling became easier too! I would not be surprised if they continued to do Zoom/hybrid courses because of how convenient they were for lecture-based classes. I did not feel abandoned once with online classes, everyone was still well involved and check-ins were frequent. Overall, five stars for online courses!
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So far, as a first year freshman who took dual-credit courses there in high school, MSU is relatively decent! The food provided could be better and the dorms are subpar, but the education provided is fantastic. Because it is a smaller school, you have more of an opportunity to talk one-on-one with a professor. Everyone who I have met has been so helpful and kind, including the student body. Overall, welcoming environment and amazing education gets four stars from me! I just wish the experience was more fun and exciting during 2020, but there is only so much you can do with that.
I love the atmosphere and community at Murray State University! Everyone feels right at home there, and makes sure that the new incoming students do as well. I feel safe on campus, and there is always activities to do to make sure you're getting out of your dorm and having fun while making friends. They have great Greek Life opportunities. They even provide free therapy to any student struggling with absolutely anything.