Murray State University

Murray State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Murray State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Murray State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Murray State University was awarded 78 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences, other.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Murray State as #1,558 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Murray State is also ranked #14 out of 45 schools in Kentucky.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Murray State?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 87%, Murray State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Murray State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Murray State University is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Murray State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% 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  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Murray State is 24%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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Murray State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,139 undergraduates at Murray State with 6,190 being full-time and 1,949 being part-time.

How Much Does Murray State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Murray State is $11,390. 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 +
$8,839 $9,185 $11,959 $13,484 $14,990

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Murray State, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $8,696 a year. That adds up to $34,784 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Murray State is 9.3%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Murray State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Murray State make about $37,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 7% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Murray State University make the most money.

Location of Murray State University

Located in Murray, Kentucky, Murray State University is a public institution. Murray is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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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 66 majors graduated from Murray State University. Of these students, 1,493 received undergraduate degrees and 474 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
Liberal Arts General Studies 121 $32,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 110 $31,900
Other Agriculture 107 $34,100
Nursing 100 $57,100
Public Relations & Advertising 79 $29,700
General Business/Commerce 79 $30,500
Social Work 70 $28,300
Quality Control Technology 67 $63,400
General Biology 49 $34,900
Child Development & Psychology 45 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 3,853 students took at least one online class at Murray State University. This is an increase from the 3,741 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 3,853 1,253
2017-2018 3,741 1,184
2016-2017 3,454 1,272
2015-2016 3,512 1,273
2013-2014 3,177 1,441

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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