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About Murray State University

Murray State University is a public, state school in an small town setting in Murray, KY. Murray State University was founded in 1922 and now enrolls around 9,454 students a year, including 7,937 undergrads.

Murray State University offers housing for up to 3,106 students. Most students live off campus,.

The institution spends around $9,010 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 15 Murray State University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Murray State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 77%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 24
In-State Tuition $9,168
Out-of-State $13,920

2022 Murray State University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Murray State University Early Admission

Murray State University does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Murray State University

It is slightly difficult to get into Murray State University. The acceptance rate at Murray State University is 77%. Out of 9,549 applications received in 2021, 7,358 students were offered admission.

Murray State University Waitlist 2021

Murray State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Murray State University?

Murray State University is considered slightly difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Murray State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Murray State University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Other Requirements High school GPA of 3.0 or higher (no ACT/SAT test score required for admission decision).
High School GPA of 2.0 - 2.99 with an ACT composite score of 18 or higher (SAT 960 or higher).
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Murray State University Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT score for Murray State University students is 24.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Murray State University.

Does Murray State University Require Test Scores?

Murray State University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 18% submitted the SAT. 88% submitted the ACT.

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Does Murray State University Offer Student Housing?

Yes! Murray State University provides on-campus housing for up to 3,106 students.

Murray State University students are active in the school's Racer Band, Student Government Association and National Panhellenic Council. Homecoming, All Campus Sing, and and Campus Lights are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Murray State University.

Financial Aid at Murray State University

Murray State University meets 42.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,330 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. 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.

Is Murray State University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Murray State University

About 81% of students who start at Murray State University return for their second year of college. Out of the 1,486 students who started at Murray State University as first-time freshman, 506 graduate within four years.

Murray State University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 53%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Murray State University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $28,563 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Murray State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit 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, less than an hour from Nashville.

If you want to see Murray State University for yourself, 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

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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.

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Murray State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

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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 21 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Murray State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

510 - 620


Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

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Murray State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Murray State University is like? There are approximately 9,454 students enrolled at Murray State University, including 7,937 undergraduate students and 1,517 graduate students. 78% percent of students attend school full-time, 65% percent are from KY and 35% percent of students are from other states.


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