Mission & Quick Facts
Murray State University serves as a nationally recognized residential comprehensive university, with a strong extended campus and online presence, offering high-quality associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Academic programs are offered in the core areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. Teaching, research, and service excellence are core values and guiding principles that promote economic development and the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region.
Murray State University places a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with alumni, the public schools, business and industry, governmental agencies, and other colleges and universities at home and abroad. Murray State University prepares graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The University is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience.
Murray State University emphasizes student-centered learning and educational experiences that include first year experience, the honors program, internships, study-abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, residential colleges, and student organizations.
In sum, Murray State University fosters an exciting and challenging learning environment.
Associate programs: 6
Bachelor’s programs: 155
Master’s and specialist programs: 63
Doctoral programs: 4
Average undergraduate class size: 20
- Animal Health Technology
- Elementary Education
- Business Administration
Other facts and statistics
Murray State University is a tax-supported institution composed of five academic colleges, a
school of agriculture and a school of nursing.
There are eight residential colleges on campus.
The main campus is comprised of 74 major buildings and two libraries.
The University extends its services to its space bound students through its regional campuses in
Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson, and also through its distance learning
Murray State has a diverse student body with 752 international students coming from 57
692 students started their careers at Murray State as transfer students.
The six-year graduation rate of MSU’s baccalaureate cohort of 2006 is 54.2%.
Budget allocations for 2012-2013 were 46% for Instruction ($55,337,577), 1% for Research
($980,495), and 12% for Student Services ($14,702,878).
MSU awards over $100 million annually in financial aid and scholarships.