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Murray State University Admission Requirements

Murray, Kentucky

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Chances of getting into Murray State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
82.4%
Admission Difficulty for Murray State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Murray State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 82% acceptance rate ranking it #20 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,861 out of 8,327 applicants were admitted making Murray State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent. Murray State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Murray State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Murray State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1035-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT
15%
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 530
SAT Math 25th 505
SAT Composite 25th 1035
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Murray State University?

Murray State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1035 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 930. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. 15 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Murray State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1250 and Above Good >89%
1142 to 1250 Avg + 82%-89%
1035 to 1142 Avg - 73%-82%
928 to 1035 Reach 61%-73%
Less than 928 Low <61%
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Murray State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
93%
ACT Scores for Murray State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Murray State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Murray State University?

Admission data indicates that Murray State University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Kentucky for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 93 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Murray State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Murray State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >89%
24 to 28 Avg + 82%-89%
21 to 24 Avg - 74%-82%
18 to 21 Reach 65%-74%
Less than 18 Low <65%
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Murray State University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.39
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Murray State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Murray State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Murray State University was 3.39 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Kentucky for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.39 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Murray State University accepts 82% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Murray State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 31% Good
3.50 to 3.75 17% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 15% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 7% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

73% of Murray State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Murray State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 19%
Top 25% of class 43%
Top 50% of class 73%
Bottom 50% of class 27%
Bottom 25% of class 8%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Murray State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,385 2,942 8,327
Accepted 4,446 2,415 6,861
Acceptance Rate 83% 82% 82%
Enrolled 900 521 1,421
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 22% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
213

Applicants have 213 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Murray State University is $40.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Murray State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Murray State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Murray State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157401 IPEDS survey data for Murray State University.

FAQs

Does Murray State University prefer SAT or ACT?

15% of students submit their SAT scores to Murray State University. 93% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Murray State University?

82% of those who apply are granted admission to Murray State University. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Murray State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1035 and 1250. 15% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Murray State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 28. 93% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.