Mission & Quick Facts

Mission Statement

Murray State University places our highest priority on student learning and excellent teaching, blending the range of educational opportunities often experienced at research institutions with the nurturing student-teacher interactions usually found at smaller universities. We offer relevant undergraduate and graduate degree programs with core studies in the liberal arts and sciences, leading to degrees from certificates to advanced practice doctorates that prepare students for success. Through effective and creative teaching, the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations, and academic and student support services, our quality faculty and staff foster student growth in knowledge, critical inquiry, and innovative thinking. As a public comprehensive university dedicated to diversity, global awareness, and intellectual curiosity, we actively engage students, faculty, staff, and the community in collaborative scholarship, creative activity, and research. We invest in our communities through thoughtful public service in our 18-county service region and beyond. Our uniqueness arises from our combination of academic excellence, welcoming atmosphere, and dedication to student success through mentored, real-world learning opportunities in an open-minded and supportive learning environment.


Location: Murray, Ky.
Founded: 1922
Type: 4-year, state-supported public university
Colors: Navy blue and gold (white accent)
Nickname: Racers


Total: 10,495
Undergraduate: 8,886
Graduate: 1,609

First-time freshmen

Enrolled: 1,502
Average ACT score of freshmen admitted without conditions: 24
Our freshmen class is from 26 states, 17 foreign countries and 68 Kentucky counties.

Student body and faculty

The student body is 59% female and 41% male.

Fall 2015 full-time freshmen returning for the fall 2016 semester: 74%
Our students are residents of 46 states. We have 641 international students from 41 countries.
605 students transferred to Murray State in fall 2016.
Our six-year graduation rate is 49%. (This is based on students who first enrolled at Murray State in fall 2010).


Undergraduate certificates: 4
Associate programs:
Bachelor's programs: 63, with 97 specialized track options
Graduate certificates: 11
Master's and specialist programs: 43, with 54 specialized options
Doctoral programs: 3, with 12 specialized options
Average undergraduate class size: 20
Undergraduate student to faculty ratio: 15 to 1
79% of full-time, instructional faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.

Undergraduate fields with the highest enrollment:

  • Animal Health Technology
  • Nursing
  • Agriculture
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Business Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Biology
  • Integrated Studies
  • Social Work
  • Psychology

Other facts and statistics

Murray State University is a tax-supported institution composed of six academic colleges and schools:

Regional campuses

There are eight residential colleges on campus.

Financial Aid

Murray State awards over $100 million annually in financial aid and scholarships.

In fall 2016, 93% of new, full-time freshmen and 87% of full-time undergraduates received some form of financial aid.

For more information, please see the Common Data Set and Murray State University Fact Books.