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Location | Murray
Population | 19,413
Enrollment | 9,456
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 08/17-12/10
Spring | 01/18-05/13

Murray State University

Murray, KY

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About This Campus

Murray State University is a highly accredited university located only a few miles from the shores of two of the nation's largest lakes (218,220 acres). Students are only minutes from an exceptional recreation area. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes cradle one of the most beautiful stretches of uninhabited land east of the Mississippi, the Land Between the Lakes. This 170,000-acre national park offers endless opportunities for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Murray has a wonderful atmosphere of friendliness, conducive to higher education, and was voted one of the "Friendliest Small Towns In America" by RAND McNally in 2013. America's Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report ranked MSU in the highest tier among southern regional and liberal arts colleges and universities. The 232-acre main campus includes 70 major buildings. MSU has a rich history of traditions including a touchdown celebration marked by a thoroughbred, Racer One, running a lap around the football field

Location Information

Murray State University is located in the heart of the Jackson Purchase area of Western Kentucky in the city of Murray, nestled in the middle of Calloway County.

Helpful Information

MSU is a great place to be, from the family-like atmosphere of the campus dining facilities, 24-hour security of Public Safety and convenience of an on-campus health clinic. We have over 150 student organizations - from the Environmental Student Society and Random Act of Kindness to the Clay Target Club, from Greek organizations to pre-professional and honor societies. There is truly something for everyone to get involved in!
2023-2024 Chance of Placement
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Campus Availability & Deadlines
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Teacher Certification, Nursing, Social Work

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business - AACSB-accredited
  • Art & Design - NASAD-accredited
  • Music - NASM-accredited
  • Theatre - NAST-accredited
  • Occupational Safety and Health - ANSAC/ABET-accredited

Unique Academic Programs

  • TV Production
  • Nonprofit Leadership Studies
  • Professional Writing
  • Aerospace Engineering Physics
  • Math Bio-Statistics

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

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GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 03/15/23

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $5309.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 15 ($393 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 15 ($393 per additional hour)

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $40.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $150.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $20.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $200.00 Year Host & Home Optional
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Course-specific fees and miscellaneous fees can be found at https://www.murraystate.edu/admissions/BursarsOffice/fees.aspx

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/15/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $650
  • Proximity to campus: 2
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
*Freshmen and Sophomores are required to live on campus. Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Housing Rates PER SEMESTER Double Room: $2,800 to $3,498 Double as Private Room: $4,030 to 4,720 Designated Private Room: $3,935 1-Bedroom Apartment: $2,463 2-Bedroom Apartment: $2,987

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal Plan Options for Fall 2021 RESIDENT Racer Premium - $2,290 With a Racer Premium plan, you'll have unlimited access to Winslow Dining Hall for the entire semester -- meaning you can eat as many times per day as you wish. Includes ten (10) guest meals at Winslow and $75 Flex to spend at any Racer Dining venue (Chick-fil-a, Einstein Bros Bagels, Starbucks, Steak 'n Shake, Tres Habaneros, and SubConnection). Also includes six (6) meal exchanges per week, max one (1) per day and one (1) To-Go meal per day. Gold Access 19 - $2,290 The Gold Access 19 meal plan gives you more flexibility in choosing where to eat. Includes unlimited access to Winslow Dining Hall, eight (8) guest meals at Winslow, one (1) To-Go meal per day and $200 Flex to spend at any Racer Dining venue. Also includes one meal exchange per day, five (5) per week max. Blue Access 10 - $2,290 You can have the best of both worlds with an allotted number of meals in Winslow Dining Hall and Flex dollars to spend elsewhere on campus. Ten (10) meals per week at Winslow, five (5) guest meals per semester, one (1) To-Go meal a day and $750 flex dollars. This option does not come with any meal exchanges. Dunker Deluxe 8 - $1,969 The Dunker Deluxe meal plan gives you eight (8) meal swipes a week at Winslow Dining Hall, one (1) To-Go meal a day and $550 in flex dollars. This option does not come with meal exchanges or guest meals. COMMUTER Commuters may choose to purchase any of the plans listed above, or they can choose a Flex-Only plan. Flex-Only Plans Flex-only plans are available for students not required to purchase one of the resident dining plans. When you purchase a meal plan, Flex Dollars are applied to your RacerCard, which you may then use like a debit card at all Dining Service venues. You receive an automatic 6% discount, as food purchased with Flex dollars is not subject to Kentucky sales tax. You may purchase additional Flex dollars in $25 increments on myGate on the "money" tab. Brass ($250 Flex) - $250 Bronze ($385 Flex) - $385 Silver ($550 Flex) - $550 Copper ($950 Flex) - $950 Bonus dollars - $50 Platinum ($1,200 Flex) - $1,100 - Bonus dollars - $100 *Meal plan requirements: First year students: Racer Premium, Gold Access 19, Blue Access 10. Second year students: Racer Premium, Gold Access 19, Blue Access 10, Dunker Deluxe.


Figures per Semester are current as of 03/15/23

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


    Other Health Related Comments
    The Office of Student Disability Services is committed to promoting the full participation of students with disabilities in all areas of university life. The Office of Student Disability Services works with Murray State faculty and staff to provide equal access to University resources, academics, programs and activities for students with disabilities.

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