Murray State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Murray State University

Murray State University is a public university situated in Murray, a small city in Kentucky’s southwest corner. Murray State University has a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 19, impressive for a public university. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. The Murray State Racers play in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 9,466 (8,142 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male/60% Female
  • 77% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,168 (in-state); $24,792 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,258
  • Room and Board: $9,894
  • Other Expenses: $3,940
  • Total Cost: $24,260 (in-state); $39,884 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 57%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,241
    • Loans: $8,056

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields; and Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-YearStudent Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 31%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Rifle
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rifle, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Murray State University Admissions

Murray State University is an accessible school, with an acceptance rate of 81% in 2019. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Murray State Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 518/613
    • SAT Math: 510/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/27
    • ACT English: 21/29
    • ACT Math: 20/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Murray State, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Murray State is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Murray State, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Murray State. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Drexel University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Murray State

Application Deadline: Rolling

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