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Murray State University

Murray, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

About Murray State University

Murray State University Overview

Murray State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Murray, KY. Murray State University was founded in 1922 and now enrolls around 9,427 students per year year, including 7,735 undergraduate students. Murray State University ensures on-campus housing for up to 3,106 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Activities at Murray State University

Love music or performing? At Murray State University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Murray State University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Murray State University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Murray State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Murray State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Murray State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED offered but % not available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 16%
In-State Tuition $9,252
Out-of-State $14,058
Percent of Need Met 45%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,322

Is Murray State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better idea of what Murray State University offers and if the college seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Murray State University

Murray State University is not difficult to get into. The university admitted 85% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 9,127 students applied to Murray State University and 7,770 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Murray State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 75% of students who start at Murray State University return the next year. 56% of Murray State University undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Murray State University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Murray State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Murray State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

For more information about Murray State University's endowment, check with the school directly. The school spends $8,858 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Murray State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Murray State University meets 45% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,322 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $27,791 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Murray State University.

Based on this information, how does Murray State University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Murray State University a good school for you?

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Where is Murray State University Located?

Murray State University is located in the small town setting of Murray, KY, in the suburbs of Nashville.

If you are interested in seeing Murray State University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 641, Highway 68, I-69, I-24 to Murray, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Paducah Barkley Regional, Nashville International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Murray State University and Murray are like without leaving home.

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College Info

102 Curris Center Murray, KY 42071

Campus Setting: Small Town

Murray State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Murray State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Murray State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Murray State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


20 to 27


20 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Murray State University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Murray State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Murray State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1180


Math SAT Range

470 - 590


Reading SAT Range

500 - 610

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


970 to 1180


970 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Murray State University students is 1084. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Murray State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 970 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 970 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Murray State University.

Murray State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Murray State University is like? There are approximately 9,427 students enrolled at Murray State University, including 7,735 undergraduate students and 1,692 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 67% percent are from KY and 33% percent of students are from other states.


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