Murray State University
218 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071-3318
(270) 809-3011
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Murray State University is a four-year, public institution that serves more than 10,000 students at its campus in Murray, Ky. The university also operates regional campuses in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Paducah, Ky. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Murray State University 20 in the Regional Universities (South) category of its 2013 edition of Best Colleges.

Programs Offered

Murray State University offers majors in accounting, agribusiness, agriculture, agronomy, anthropology, computer science, creative writing and literature, criminal justice earth science, economics, finance, forensics, gerontology, international affairs, and more. Graduate programs are available in agriculture, biology, business administration, creative writing, economics, English, music education, nursing, school counseling, teacher education, telecommunications systems management, and watershed science. Murray State University offers online bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, computer information systems, integrated studies, nursing, and telecommunications systems management; and online master’s degree programs in business administration, education, human development and leadership, telecommunications, and nursing.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Murray State University since 1928.


Murray State requires freshman applicants to submit a completed application with a $30 application fee and a high school transcript. Freshman applicants must also submit official ACT scores. Prospective students need to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for admission. The university also sets a minimum score requirement of 18 on the English section of the ACT, 19 on the mathematics section of the ACT, and 20 on the reading section of the ACT,or a verbal score of 450 and mathematics score of 460 on the SAT, for exemption from developmental courses.. Murray State University sets an Aug. 1 application deadline. According to the U.S. News, Murray State University had a fall 2011 acceptance rate of 83.3%.


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