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.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Ohio Valley Conference
Murray State University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.83 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.83 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities125 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services114 Graduates
Occupational Safety and Health Technician98 Graduates
Veterinary Technician and Assistant94 Graduates
Elementary Education64 Graduates
Research and Experimental Psychology48 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science45 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.98 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.106 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.48 responses
Murray State University Reviews
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!
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!