Murray State University: Statistics

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#448 of 2,496 In the United States
#6 of 38 In Kentucky
#533 of 1,006 For Early Childhood Education
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Quick Review

Acceptance rate
77%
Average SAT
1125
Average ACT
24
Aid receiving
99%
Undergraduates
7,863
Graduates
1,586
Male:Female Ratio
37:63
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
murraystate.edu

Murray State University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 77% 76% 78%
Applicants 9,552 3,426 6,126
Admissions 7,358 2,602 4,756
Freshmen enrolled full time 1,469 536 933
Freshmen enrolled part time 34 22 12

2,877 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

1,704 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
270 or 18%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1020
or below

75% of them
had 1230
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Murray State University are 1020-1230 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
1,321 or 88%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 21
or below

75% of them
had 27
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Murray State University are 21-27 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White 7454 (79%)
Black or African American 565 (6%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 427 (5%)
Nonresident Alien 400 (4%)
Two or more races 270 (3%)
Hispanic 237 (3%)
Asian 72 (0.8%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 7 (0.1%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 5 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Average aid awarded
$11,892
Students receiving aid
99%

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $7,968$7,981
Tuition in-state $7,968$7,981
Tuition out-of-state $17,148$13,500
Fee in-district $1,200$900
Fee in-state $1,200$900
Fee out-of-state $1,200$900

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity 3,388
Combined charge for room and board $9,510
Room charge $5,538
Meal charge $3,972

Murray State University Majors

Major Associate's degree Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Agricultural & Animal & Plant & Veterinary Science and Related Fields, Other 106 58
Business & Commerce, General 4 79 59
Veterinary & Animal Health Technology & Technician and Veterinary Assistant 122
General Studies 112
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse 100
Occupational Safety and Health Technology & Technician 67 17
Elementary Education and Teaching 67 5
Social Work 68
Audiology & Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology & Pathologist 28 30
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 49 1
Research and Experimental Psychology, Other 44
Civil Engineering Technologies & Technicians 43
Organizational Communication, General 29 12
Finance, General 37
English Language and Literature, General 21 4 12
Special Education and Teaching, General 25 11
Junior High & Intermediate & Middle School Education and Teaching 30 3
Accounting 31
Music, General 30
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 13 15
Fine & Studio Arts, General 28
Public Relations & Image Management 27
Computer and Information Systems Security & Auditing & Information Assurance 27
Nursing Practice 27
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 17 9
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 26
Marketing & Marketing Management, General 25
Public Administration 24
Community Organization and Advocacy 24
Advertising 22
Chemistry, General 20 2
Criminal Justice & Safety Studies 22
Engineering Physics & Applied Physics 21
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 21
Business Administration and Management, General 21
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 21
Information Technology 12 8
Occupational Therapy & Therapist 20
History, General 19
Computer Science 18
Electromechanical & Electromechanical Engineering Technology & Technician 17
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 16
School Librarian & School Library Media Specialist 16
Mathematics, General 14 1
Political Science and Government, General 15
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 15
CAD & CADD Drafting and & or Design Technology & Technician 13
Dietetics & Dietitian 8 5
Counselor Education & School Counseling and Guidance Services 13
Radio and Television 12
Organizational Leadership 11
Economics, General 6 4
Sociology, General 10
Mass Communication & Media Studies 10
Journalism 9
Manufacturing Engineering Technology & Technician 9
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language & ESL Language Instructor 9
Music Management 8
Information Science & Studies 8
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 8
Geology & Earth Science, General 8
Reading Teacher Education 8
Clinical Psychology 8
Health Teacher Education 7
Engineering Technologies & Technicians, General 7
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 7
Technical Teacher Education 4 2
Higher Education & Higher Education Administration 6
Spanish Language and Literature 4
Graphic Communications, General 4
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3
Japanese Language and Literature 3
Creative Writing 3
Physics, General 2
International Relations and Affairs 2
Experimental Psychology 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1
Youth Services & Administration 1
Outdoor Education 1
Sustainability Studies 1
Grand Total 21 1,614 433 46
Total Men Women
Graduation rate 53% 49% 56%
  • Full-time retention rate - 81%

Publications & Citations

Publications
2,078
Citations
47,216

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
577 / 9,111
Psychology
389 / 11,196
Medicine
345 / 7,522
Environmental Science
303 / 8,656
Business
291 / 6,960
Biology
239 / 5,801
Engineering
194 / 4,965
Computer Science
190 / 4,986
Social Psychology
172 / 6,641
Chemistry
162 / 4,163
Ecology
139 / 4,276
Mathematics
129 / 4,436
Economics
123 / 1,726
Sociology
121 / 2,529
Political Science
108 / 381
Physics
99 / 1,675
Demography
91 / 1,915
Child Psychology
85 / 2,563
Art & Design
77 / 744
Math Teachers
75 / 2,497
Health Science
74 / 1,237
Education Majors
70 / 2,375
Geography and Cartography
64 / 1,287
Communications and Public Relations
60 / 1,393
Materials Science
54 / 711
Marketing
49 / 4,210
Geology
44 / 732
Accounting
42 / 611
Clinical Psychology
41 / 879
Journalism and Digital Media
36 / 664
Pharmacology
35 / 1,565
Zoology
32 / 404
Environmental Chemistry
31 / 1,655
Biochemistry
31 / 1,015
Public Health
30 / 439
History
29 / 35
Special Education
29 / 828
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
28 / 734
Environmental Management
27 / 482
Early Childhood Education
27 / 702

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 26 194
1992 31 128
1993 23 157
1994 32 221
1995 23 190
1996 31 191
1997 35 250
1998 49 297
1999 49 306
2000 41 467
2001 44 437
2002 50 659
2003 58 773
2004 52 983
2005 55 1068
2006 68 1263
2007 85 1426
2008 79 1740
2009 67 1948
2010 71 2101
2011 85 2673
2012 90 2741
2013 115 3186
2014 108 3712
2015 119 3781
2016 129 3895
2017 144 4149
2018 144 4108
2019 144 4891
2020 122 5605
2021 148 6044

Murray State University alumni

  1. Chrishell Stause

    Chrishell Stause
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorreal estate agent
    Biography

    Terrina Chrishell Stause is an American actress. She is known for her role on the Netflix reality show Selling Sunset, along with previous television roles as Amanda Dillon on All My Children and Jordan Ridgeway on Days of Our Lives.

  2. Ja Morant

    Ja Morant
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1999-.. (age 23)
    Occupations
    basketball player
    Biography

    Temetrius Jamel "Ja" Morant is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Murray State Racers, where he was a consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2019. He was selected by the Grizzlies with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft and named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2020. Morant was named to his first NBA All Star Game in 2022 as a starter, and won the NBA Most Improved Player Award at the conclusion of the season.

  3. Jim Varney

    Jim Varney
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-2000 (aged 51)
    Occupations
    stand-up comedianactorfilm producerwriterscreenwriter
    Biography

    James Albert Varney Jr. was an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his broadly comedic role as Ernest P. Worrell, for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award, as well as appearing in films and numerous television commercial advertising campaigns. He played Jed Clampett in a film adaptation of The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and performed the voice of Slinky Dog in the first two films of the Toy Story franchise (1995–1999). He died of lung cancer in 2000, leaving two posthumous releases, of Daddy and Them and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

  4. Chris Thile

    Chris Thile
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    musiciansinger-songwriterguitaristradio personality
    Biography

    Christopher Scott Thile is an American mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer, and radio personality, best known for his work in the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and the acoustic folk and progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. In October 2016, he became the host of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, which in December 2017 was renamed Live from Here.

General info

Alternative names MSU
Founded 1922
Colors navy blue, gold
Academic Calendar August to May (August - December; January-May)
Total FTE staff 1,157
Carnegie Classification Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address 218 Wells Hall
Murray, Kentucky, 42071-3318
United States
City population 17,000
Phone 2708093011
Fax +1 (270) 809 3237

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