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Campus & Student Life at Murray State University

Home to about 7,863 undergraduates in 2020, Murray State is a public university located in Murray, Kentucky. This is a great opportunity for those who would thrive in a charming, small-town atmosphere. Should you tire of the campus however, Murray State offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Murray State can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Murray State Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Murray State Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 9.0% of the student population at Murray State. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Murray State Disability Services.

Murray State for the Military

While not a "service academy", Murray State does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Murray State Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Murray State for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Murray State University

Murray State offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Murray State University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Murray State University

There were 7,863 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 6,149 (78.2%). Part-time attendance was 1,714 (21.8%).


Murray State University is Ranked #1,623 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Murray State is about average in terms of overall diversity. We rank Murray State #1623 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Murray State University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Murray State by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Murray State Diversity Guide.

Murray State University Competes in the NCAA

Murray State has a total of 360 student athletes, 169 men and 191 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$14,627,564
Total Expenses (all teams)$14,212,554

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Murray State University Athletics

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