Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071-3318


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 10,486
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 6%
Student to faculty ratio 15:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 3,106 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Murray State University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 6,479 applications and 5,530 students were granted admission. Murray State University is at the #83 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 95% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 7% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT943 to 1155
ACT21 to 27

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Murray State University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $21,576 and in-state students paid $7,296.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 99% of Murray State University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 36% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,750 (which is 7.2% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Murray State University in 2016-2017, was 802, which is 55% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $7,184 (which is 35.5% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Murray State University has enrolled a total of 10,486 students (7,640 students full-time and 2,846 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 10,486 students, 650 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 41% men and 59% women and 8,877 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 1,609 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 1,273 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 80%

Black/African American: 6%

Non-resident alien: 6%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%

Two or more races: 2%

Hispanic: 2%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Murray State University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 22% 1,008 0
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 15% 689 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 10% 464 70
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 10% 450 140
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 6% 276 54
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 6% 260 0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 3% 128
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 112
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 2% 110 107
English Language And Literature/letters 2% 97 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Murray State University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Murray State University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $28,700. Last year, out of the total 2,124 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,933 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,620 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 2,279 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $28,700 $35,700
Employment Rate 91% 87%
Total Graduates 2,124 2,620

Campus Location

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