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Murray State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Murray State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Murray State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Murray State University was awarded 25 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Murray State as #736 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Murray State held the #893 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 27 colleges in Kentucky, Murray State is ranked at #8.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Murray State?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 87%, Murray State has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 8% of students accepted to Murray State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 560. Math scores were between 510 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Murray State University  ( 470 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Murray State University  ( 510 to 630 )
Murray State received ACT scores from 95% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Murray State University  ( 21 to 27 )

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Murray State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Murray State University, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Murray State University is 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Murray State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Murray State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 24% for first-time, full-time students at Murray State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Murray State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,559 undergraduates at Murray State with 6,584 being full-time and 1,975 being part-time.

Murray State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Murray State scored 51.64 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  51.64 out of 100
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How Much Does Murray State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Murray State is $12,242. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Murray State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,469 $9,834 $12,948 $14,803 $15,516

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Murray State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Murray State, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $8,835 a year. That adds up to $35,340 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Murray State is 8.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Murray State Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Murray State make around $37,100 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 7% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


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Location of Murray State University

Murray State University is a public institution situated in Murray, Kentucky. The surrounding location of Murray is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of Murray State University

Contact details for Murray State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 218 Wells Hall, Murray, KY 42071-3318
Phone: 270-809-3011

Murray State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 68 majors graduated from Murray State University. Of these students, 1,625 received undergraduate degrees and 470 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Other Agriculture 112 $34,100
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 109 $25,700
Nursing 101 $57,100
Liberal Arts General Studies 97 $32,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 97 $31,900
Public Relations & Advertising 85 $29,700
Social Work 79 $28,300
Quality Control Technology 73 $63,400
General Business/Commerce 65 $30,500
Child Development & Psychology 49 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Murray State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Murray State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 3,741 students took at least one online class at Murray State University. This is an increase from the 3,454 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,741 1,184
2016-2017 3,454 1,272
2015-2016 3,512 1,273
2014-2015 3,438 1,370
2013-2014 3,177 1,441

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