Murray State University

Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public university founded in 1922. There are over 10,000 undergraduates and postgraduates enrolled at this university. Murray State University offers students more than 10 associate, 60 bachelors, and 40 masters and specialist programs. Moreover, there are a variety of minors, majors, and other areas of study not commonly found in other universities. These include programs on:

  • Equine Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Gerontology
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Telecommunications Systems Management

MSU's athletics department has teams in basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, rifle, track and field, rowing, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The Racers have won quite a few national championships and 6 individual NCAA national champions. Two-time national titlist and gold medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Pat Spurgin, is an alumnus of this university.

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Murray State University
218 Wells Hall
Murray , KY 42071-3318
General Phone: (270) 809-3011

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Murray State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching473educational admin and supervision, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education, business teaching, ...
Business and Management313business, business management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts274German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, economics, international relations, political science, ...
Media171communication studies, journalism, radio and television, organizational communications, public relations, advertising, printing management, desktop publishing and imaging
Engineering Technician151engineering technology, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, electromechanical tech, water quality and recycling tech, manufacturing tech, occupational safety tech, drafting
Nursing and Emergency Medicine113registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology105audiology and speech pathology, veterinary assistant, clinical lab tech
Family and Social Work105food and nutrition, family studies, child care provider, community organization, public administration, social work
Science98biology, aquatic biology, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics
Agricultural Science and Management97agriculture
Computer Science and Engineering65computer and info science, information science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy49parks and recreation management, exercise science
Fine Arts28fine arts
Music27music, various music studies
Security and Law Enforcement26criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling25psychology, clinical psychology
Drama and Performing Arts16drama
Engineering14electrical engineering, engineering physics
Conservation and Resource Management13wildlife management
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy
Office and Administration2administrative assistant

Number of programs and degrees for Murray State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree1710
Bachelor's degree1,63268
Master's degree53734
Post-master's certificate32

Murray State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Murray State had a total enrollment of 10,778 students (8,808 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 6%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 23%
22-24 21%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Murray State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 58 %

Murray State Room and Board (2007)

Murray State offers campus housing for 3,026 of its 8,808 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Murray, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Murray State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Murray State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,748
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,612
Room and board $ 6,004
Room charge $ 3,278
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,726
Books and supplies $ 990
Other expenses $ 2,500

Financial Aid:
Murray State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 197700)

Murray State Faculty

Murray State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6042
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4258

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year18$96,7064$90,712
Associate professorcalendar year10$93,1824$74,936
Lecturercalendar year6$58,98011$51,700
All faculty totalcalendar year34$89,01219$64,805

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year58$82,52621$73,761
Associate professoracademic year51$64,99630$59,222
Assistant professoracademic year67$53,10446$52,211
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year31$45,40640$44,100
All faculty totalacademic year207$63,125138$54,571

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Murray State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ohio Valley Conference
Basketball Ohio Valley Conference
Baseball Ohio Valley Conference
Track Ohio Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports2582107

Murray State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics

Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Engineering Technology, General
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Water Quality & Wastewater Treatment Mgmt & Recycling Tech

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Community Organization and Advocacy
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Organizational Communication, General
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Printing Management
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Religion And Philosophy

Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General

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