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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 fiel

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 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!

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Murray
Population | 37,191
Enrollment | 9,466
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/20-12/13
Spring | 01/13-05/08

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 1%
Black | 6%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 2%
Two or more | 3%
White | 82%
Other | 4%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Teacher Certification

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Nursing
  • Engineering Technology

Unique Academic Programs

  • Biology/Life Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Geology

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Technology Management
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Choral Music
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Equine Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resource Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Library Science
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Office Administration
  • Organizational Communications
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Television Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Studio Art
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/08/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4410.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19
  • Home Payment: 19

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 0019778

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $40.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $150.00 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 Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/08/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 33% living on campus
  • Double: $3279
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: 2
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing Rates Freshman and Sophomores are required to live on campus. Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Housing Rates RESIDENTIAL HALL RATES - PRICES ARE PER SEMESTER Residential Halls Double room Double as a private room Designed private room Springer II Hall $2,467 $3,660 Not available Hart Hall $2,765 $3,980 Not available Regents Hall $2,712 $3,902 Not available White Hall $2,712 $3,902 Not available Elizabeth Hall $3,017 $4,229 Not available Hester Hall $3,017 $4,229 Not available Lee Clark Hall $3,455 $4,662 $3,887 JH Richmond Hall $3,455 $4,662 $3,887 HC Franklin Hall $3,455 $4,662 $3,887 For the 2019-2020 academic year, we are offering double as a private rooms in Regents, Springer II, and White from the beginning of the semester. If a student wants to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the Housing Office. Private rooms in other buildings may be available as space permits. College Courts Apartments COLLEGE COURTS RATES Apartment style Cost per month 1 Bedroom Apartment $487 2 Bedroom Apartment $590

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal Plan Options for Fall 2019 Freshmen and sophomore students (defined as students who have completed fewer than 60 hours of college credit) are required to have a meal plan for at least four semesters. Exemptions can be found below. Meal Plans Plan Type Meals Flex Price Availability All Access* Unlimited $75 $1930 On campus and off campus Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors All Access Premium** Unlimited $75 $2036 On campus and off campus Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors 175 Block 175 $400 $1912 On campus and off campus Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors 8 Meals Per Week 8 meals per week $550 $1807 On campus and off campus Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors * All Access with one meal exchange per day, 5 per week max (3 - 8 p.m. at Chick-Fil-A). ** All Access Premium with one meal exchange per day, 5 per week max (1 p.m. - closing at Chick-fil-A and select locations). An All Access plan is required for all Freshmen living on campus. An All Access plan includes eight guest meals at Winslow Dining Hall. Meal plan requirements Freshman: All-Access, All-Access Premium Sophomore: All-Access, All-Access Premium, 175/400 or 8 Meals Per Week Junior: May purchase any plan. No requirement. Senior: May purchase any plan. No requirement. Commuter (any academic status): May purchase any plan. No requirement. Flex Plans AVAILABLE TO COMMUTERS & RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PURCHASE A PLAN Plan Type Flex Price Bronze $385 $385 Silver $550 $550 Copper $1,000 $950 Platinum $1,200 $1,100 Unlimited declining balance is available


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/08/21

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.

    All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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