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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  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 6,584 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

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,426/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

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
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.83 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.83 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,584Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,975
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 46 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    59%
  • Determined
    28%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • 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.98 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.106 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 58 responses
Report
  • Great place to be.
    33%
  • Very friendly school, feels like home!
    26%
  • Proud
    14%
  • A place to grow and to bloom
    10%
  • Community
    7%
  • Excellent
    3%
  • 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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I was an undergrad student from Spring 2012 to Summer 2013, joined the military and transferred my credits to Cornell University. This school is competing and compares to the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, but I would definitely recommend it for any first-timer going to college. The food is phenomenal! You won't ever go hungry or be bored with their food choices, as well as the mini food mart next to it. Students are the most friendly people I've ever met, greek life thrives on campus, one of the best basketball teams in the Ohio Valley Conference and a select few dorms are very good!
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Murray is a small connected campus which makes it easy to make new friends. The food is average but with the new Chick-fil-a added, it will be the best in Kentucky for sure! Most dorms are big and spacious, and they give you a variety of options to chose on how you live your dorm life. Personally, Murray is close to home which makes me love it even more. Being close to home makes me a little bit more comfortable and not as homesick. Overall, Murray offers classes for so many different programs and is very good to accommodate your schedule needs. However, the food in the dining hall is where it goes kind of down hill. On the bright side, I lost 10 pounds in three weeks!
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!