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Murray State University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Murray State University

Murray State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
81.4%
Admission Difficulty for Murray State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Murray State University and can I get accepted? The school has a 81% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,722 out of 8,256 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 49 percent. Murray State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% 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
1030-1210
Applicants Submitting SAT
15%
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Murray State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1210
Average SAT Score 1120

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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 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. 15 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Murray State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1210 and Above Good >88%
1120 to 1210 Avg + 81%-88%
1030 to 1120 Avg - 71%-81%
940 to 1030 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 940 Low <60%
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Murray State University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
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 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 93 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 >88%
24 to 27 Avg + 81%-88%
21 to 24 Avg - 71%-81%
18 to 21 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 18 Low <60%
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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 81% 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

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 5,332 2,924 8,256
Accepted 4,358 2,364 6,722
Acceptance Rate 82% 81% 81%
Enrolled 802 517 1,319
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 22% 20%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
137

Applicants have 137 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
May 2 May 15
Jun 6 Jul 15
ACT Test Date Scores Available
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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

81% 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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1210. 15% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. 93% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.