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Murray State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Murray State University

Murray State University is a state-funded public university in Murray, Kentucky. Founded in 1922, the university has been listed among U.S. News & World Report's best public colleges in the south for over two decades. Murray State has a residential college system (one of the few public universities to do so), and has students from nearly all U.S. states, as well as from 48 other countries.


The university has five academic colleges as well as schools of nursing and agriculture and a Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach. Undergraduates can choose from 118 majors, minors, and other programs, and the school offers study abroad opportunities in every area of study. The university also has an honors program, and nearly half of all students do work in a co-op or internship.

The average class size is 21 students. The university has three libraries, including a main library, special collections library and law library. Murray State also has a writing center and a center for oral communication. Along with traditional courses, the school also has online courses and correspondence courses by mail.


Students applying for admission must submit the application (either in print or online), the application fee, an official high school transcript and their ACT test scores. Students currently in high school must give a list of senior year courses, and any students who have taken college classes must submit a college transcript. If required, residency documents must also be submitted at this time. AP, CLEP, or transfer credit should be sent to the undergraduate admissions office, and accepted students must sign up for a summer orientation session.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students who are Kentucky residents pay in-state tuition. The university has special rates for students from certain counties in Tennessee, Illinois and Indiana, and all residents of these states, as well as those from Missouri, Ohio, and Alabama, can receive tuition adjustments based on reciprocity arrangements. Mandatory fees are included within the listed tuition costs, and tuition is capped at a maximum based upon 12 credit hours. All billing is done electronically, and students not paying their balance in full can use the university's payment plan, with the first installment due when the student enrolls.

Murray State University offers aid for veterans and students with physical disabilities, along with traditional financial aid, such as grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. Students wishing to apply for scholarships sponsored by Murray State must do so online between October 1st and January 15th and will usually be notified of award offers by March 15th.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, associate's, graduate degrees; certificates *
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small town**
Student Body 8,664 undergraduates, 1,959 graduates as of 2012*
Student Housing 11 residential buildings, non-exempt freshmen and sophomores must live on campus*
Programs Seven academic colleges and schools and an outreach center, 118 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio (Undergraduate) 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study Nursing, animal health technology, elementary education, business administration, biology*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students Entering in 2005) 52.4% in six years*
Admission Rate 81%**
First-Year Retention Rates (Full-Time) 72% from fall 2010 to fall 2011**
Application Due Date Two weeks before the start of term*
Tuition (2012-13) $3,420 in-state maximum, $9,300 out-of-state maximum*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) Federal grants (43%), state and local grants/scholarships (61%), institutional grants/scholarships (66%), federal loans (56%), other loans (3%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% of beginning undergraduates in 2010-11**

Sources: *Murray State University; **NCES' College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071
  • Phone: (270) 809-3741
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