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Murray State University

Murray, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate84%

Murray State University Admissions

It is not difficult to get into Murray State University. Murray State University admitted 84% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 10,228 applications received in 2023, 8,604 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Murray State University, the application fee costs $40.

Murray State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Murray State University's admissions stats.

Murray State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25%
Mean SAT Score 1084
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 84%
Waitlist No

Murray State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Murray State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Want to Apply Early to Murray State University?

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

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Murray State University Admissions

How To Get Into Murray State University

Getting into Murray State University is not difficult. Murray State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Murray State University accepted 84% of all applicants, about 8,604 of the 10,228 students who applied.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Murray State University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to Murray State University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Murray State University

Murray State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Murray State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Murray State University

What does Murray State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Murray State University for more information on admission factors.

Murray State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Murray State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Murray State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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).
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Murray State University?

Students admitted to Murray State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. Murray State University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 72% submitted a class rank. At Murray State University 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43% were in the top 25% and 80% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Murray State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 17%
3.75 and 3.99 26%
3.50 and 3.74 20%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 8%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Murray State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 17% of Murray State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 84% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Murray State University?

To be competitive with other Murray State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 980 and 1170 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Murray State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1170 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Murray State University student is 1084.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Murray State University students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Murray State University students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

To be most competitive at Murray State University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Murray State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Murray State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Murray State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Murray State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Murray State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Murray State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Murray State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Murray State University.

Does Murray State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Murray State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Murray State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Murray State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Murray State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Murray State University?

❌ No, Murray State University is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Murray State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Murray State University's acceptance rate is 84%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Murray State University?

❌ Murray State University does not offer early decision.

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Murray State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Murray State University? Murray State University is a less selective institution. The Murray State University acceptance rate is 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


Murray State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1170


Math SAT Range

470 - 590


Reading SAT Range

490 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1170 and Above


980 to 1170


980 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Murray State University students is 1084. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Murray State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Murray State University.

Murray State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Murray State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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