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Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

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Murray State University overview
Location Murray, Kentucky
Online murraystate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Murray State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Murray State University, located in Murray, Kentucky, offers a comprehensive academic profile encompassing over 145 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs, with notable emphasis on Agriculture, Business, and Education fields. Established in 1922, the university sits in a rural setting approximately 120 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. The campus is characterized by its blend of contemporary and historical architecture, including the notable Pogue Library with its distinctive clock tower. Murray State University is moderately selective in its admissions process, welcoming a diverse student body. On-campus living is facilitated through multiple residential colleges designed to enhance the educational experience. While the university does not emphasize athletics, it competes in NCAA Division I as the Racers, with a particular focus on basketball and football.

In the most recent statistical year 10,251 prospective students applied, and 8,609 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,366 enrolled in the school.  6,374 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,105 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,196 plus fees of $1,236. Murray State University is ranked 669 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Murray State University is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Murray State University overview
SAT 965/1190
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.57

Applications Accepted

Murray State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Murray State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$780
Other Fees$1,236
Room and Board $10,160
Budget for Other Expenses$4,715
Total One Year Cost$25,087

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Murray State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$780
Other Fees$1,236
Room and Board $10,160
Budget for Other Expenses$4,715
Total One Year Cost$34,543

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

52% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Murray State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 15%
Education 15%
Health Professions 12%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 10%
Communication 7%

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