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Murray State University Student Life

Murray State University is on a 261-acre campus in a small town setting in Murray, KY, not far from Nashville. Murray State University has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, and more.

Murray State University also has fraternities and sororities.

Murray State University has a thriving Racer Band. In fact, more students participate in Racer Band than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Murray State University include Student Government Association, National Panhellenic Council, International Student Organization and MSU Student Ambassadors.

The Murray State University community comes together each year for Homecoming, All Campus Sing and Campus Lights.

Does Murray State University Offer Student Housing?

Murray State University offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are given priority for on-campus housing.

Most Murray State University students live off campus. In 2021, 30% of undergrads at Murray State University lived in some kind of on-campus housing. There are 3,106 spots available in on-campus housing for all 7,937 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 2,312 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 33% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Murray State University offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Murray State University Athletics

At Murray State University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Murray State University:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Riflery NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cheerleading Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Crew Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Equestrian Sports Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rowing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Club Teams

Is Murray State University Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Murray State University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Murray State University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

Murray State University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to Murray State University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Murray State University, take U.S. Highway 641, Highway 68, I-69, I-24 to Murray, KY. If you need to fly, book your flight to Paducah Barkley Regional, Nashville International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in KY you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Murray State University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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Murray State University Students

61%

Women

39%

Men

78%

Full Time

22%

Part Time

65%

In State

35%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

79%

6%

5%

4%

3%

3%

1%

0.20%

0.07%

Undergraduate Students

7,937

Graduate Students

1,517

Non-Resident / International Students

329

Murray State University Campus Services

Student Services
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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,454

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

77%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$9,168

Out-of-State

$13,920

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