Mission & Quick Facts


Mission Statement

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.

National rankings


U.S. News Best College for 23 consecutive years. The 2014 rankings place Murray State 8th among the top public regional universities in the South and the 14th-ranked public regional university in the nation.

Forbes Top College for five consecutive years. In addition to being named to the 2013 America’s Top Colleges list, Forbes also designated Murray State as one of “America’s Top 100 Best Buy” colleges for the fourth year in a row.

G.I. Jobs magazine ranked MSU a “2014 Military Friendly School.” The list honors the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

The Chronicle of Higher Education named Murray State one of its “2013 Great Colleges to Work For.” The designation specifically recognizes MSU for ““Professional/Career Development Programs,” “Respect and Appreciation” and “Teaching Environment


Associate programs:  6

Bachelor’s programs:  155

Master’s and specialist programs:  63

Doctoral programs: 4

Average undergraduate class size:  20

Most popular undergraduate fields:

  • Nursing
  • Animal Health Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • Business Administration
  • Biology


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

MSU also operates the Pullen Farm, Hancock Biological Station and The Arboretum at Murray State.

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
foreign countries.

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.


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