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Murray State University Admission Requirements

Murray, Kentucky

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Your chances of getting into Murray State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

85.2%
Admission Difficulty for Murray State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Murray State University is 85.2%.  Its admission rate is the 18th lowest in Kentucky.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Murray State University and can you get accepted?

Murray State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 7,787 out of the 9,144 who applied were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 58 percent on standardized admission tests. Murray State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.57. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Murray State University?

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Murray State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.57 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1080 on the SAT
  • Score 23 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Murray State University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.57

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Murray State University are to have around a 3.57 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.57 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Murray State University accepts 85% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Murray State University is 3.57 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in Kentucky for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Murray State University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Murray State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 15.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 27.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 20.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 16.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Murray State University SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Murray State University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 16% of students submitted SAT scores and 86% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

960-1200

Applicants Submitting SAT 

16%
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 470
Composite 25th Percentile 960
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 610
Math 75th Percentile 590
Composite 75th Percentile 1200
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Murray State University is 1080 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 960-1200. Students who get into Murray State University score in the top 68 percent of all SAT test takers..  Murray State University ranks #9 in the state of Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1080 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Murray State University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 960 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 960, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 840, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Murray State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1080 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1080, you have around a 85% chance of being admitted. A 1200 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 92% chance of getting in.

Murray State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1200 and Above Good >92%
1080 to 1200 Avg + 85%-92%
960 to 1080 Avg - 75%-85%
840 to 960 Reach 61%-75%
Less than 840 Low <61%
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Murray State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

20-27 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

86%
ACT Scores for Murray State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 20
Math 25th Percentile 18
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Murray State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 28
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Murray State University is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 27.  The school ranks #7 in Kentucky for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 16.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 86 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Murray State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Murray State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Murray State University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 85% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 92% with a 27 ACT score.

Murray State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >92%
23 to 27 Avg + 85%-92%
20 to 23 Avg - 77%-85%
17 to 20 Reach 65%-77%
Less than 17 Low <65%
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High School Class Rank

51% of Murray State University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 26% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Murray State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 51%
Top 50% of class 82%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Murray State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,947 3,197 9,144
Accepted 5,136 2,651 7,787
Acceptance Rate 86% 83% 85%
Enrolled 847 548 1,395
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 21% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Murray State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Murray State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.57 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1080 and ACT of 23 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Murray State University often consider these colleges

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?

16% of students submit their SAT scores to Murray State University. 86% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Murray State University?

85% of those who apply are granted admission to Murray State University. Admission competition is and the college has moderate 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 960 and 1200. The average SAT score is 1080. 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 20 and 27. The average ACT score is 23. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.