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Murray, Kentucky

Murray State University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Murray State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
86.7%
Admission Difficulty for Murray State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Murray State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 87% acceptance rate ranking it #21 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,980 out of 6,900 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 average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 46 percent. Murray State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Murray State University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1060-1260
Applicants Submitting SAT
8%
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1060
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1260
Average SAT Score 1160

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 requires applicants to be in the top 49 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1060 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 960. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. 8 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Murray State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1260 and Above Good >92%
1160 to 1260 Avg + 87%-92%
1060 to 1160 Avg - 80%-87%
960 to 1060 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 960 Low <70%
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Murray State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
95%
ACT Scores for Murray State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Murray State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
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 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #6 in Kentucky for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 95 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Murray State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Murray State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >92%
24 to 27 Avg + 87%-92%
21 to 24 Avg - 80%-87%
18 to 21 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 18 Low <70%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need 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 87% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Murray State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

Murray State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,357 2,543 6,900
Accepted 3,800 2,180 5,980
Acceptance Rate 87% 86% 87%
Enrolled 865 578 1,443
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 27% 24%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
303

Applicants have 303 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Murray State University before the Aug 15 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
May 2 May 15
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19
Apr 4 Apr 14
Jun 13 Jun 23
Jul 18 Jul 28

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Murray State University and what considerations affect 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.