Murray State University

Murray State University

Kentucky, United States | Public


The Murray State University, fondly known as the MSU, is a public university located in Murray, Kentucky that was founded in 1922. It is recognized by the US News as one of the top regional universities in the U.S. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and it offers over 64 bachelor’s degree programs, 42 master and specialist programs and 11 associate. The MSU has four colleges and two schools including Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology; Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business; College of Education & Human Services; College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Hutson School of Agriculture and School of Nursing and Health Professions. The most popular majors at the Murray State University include Health Professions and Related Programs; Business Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Education; Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields and Liberal Arts and Sciences.



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The Murray State University is located at 102 Curris Center in Murray, Kentucky, between the N 12th Street and the N 16th Street. Its setting is rural, however, it has a great supermarket and restaurants just a few miles away like Save-A-Lot, Walmart, Family Dolar, Applebee’s, Culver’s, Captain D’s, Arby’s and others to ensure that the students have a lot to do off-campus as well.


The MSU campus size is 253 acres. The campus is divided into a variety of sections including The Quad, the Central Campus, the West Campus and the Northern Campus. The Quad is the oldest part of the campus with the most recognizable buildings and is home to the Wrather West Kentucky Museum, which features a large auditorium. The Faculty Hall, Wells Hall and the Business Building are also located on the western edge of The Quad. In the eastern side of The Quad is located The Lowry Center, Pogue Library and the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, which is the tallest building on campus and houses a theater, an art gallery and television studios. The Central Campus is home to the Martha Layne Collins Center for Industry and Technology, Blackburn Science Building, Oakley Applied Science Building, the Waterfield Library and the Ordway Hall which is the most historic building on campus since it was built in 1930. The West Campus is home to the Alexander Hall which houses classrooms and offices for the college of education and it is also home to the Biology building and the Clock Tower. The northern campus is home to the sports facilities including the Roy Stewart Stadium, The CFSB Center and the Susan E. Bauernfeind Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

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Some of the best college memories are made when living on campus. MSU offers nine on-campus Residential Halls for students to choose from. The Residential Halls available are Lee Clark Hall, Elizabeth Hall, HC Franklin Hall, Hart Hall, Hester Hall, Original Richmond Hall, Regents Hall, Springer II and the White Hall. With many options to choose from, students can choose between private rooms, single rooms, double rooms, private bathroom, sharing bathroom or community bathrooms. If Off-campus housing is on your mind there are decent apartments and houses to rent in the Murray area.


The Murray State University offers high-quality education for an affordable price. Students claim that professors are caring and very approachable. Since the college is small it offers 1 on 1 attention to students. Also, they offer excellent networking/internship opportunities.

Jobs and placements

Students at MSU have two options when it comes to employment including Work-study Program where the amount of hours students are allowed to work each week is determined by their eligibility on their FAFSA; and the University Student Employment Program that offers jobs to students who are enrolled at least half-time and who normally do not qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program. The job opportunities are posted on the Murray State jobs website in the Student Pools section. When it comes to alumni salary, an early-career salary is around $34,000 per year and a mid-career salary is around $52,000.

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