For 95 years, Murray State University has been the cornerstone of higher education in the western end of the Commonwealth, providing economic development, cultural experience, fine art, knowledge, and tradition to the people and businesses of this region. The University has grown to an enrollment of over 10,000 since its foundation in 1922, welcoming students from the service region, across the U...nited States, and more than 50 countries to an inclusive campus abounding with opportunity and rich experiences...hope, endeavour, and achievement.
Murray State’s excellence through academic programs, quality faculty, innovative student initiatives, characteristic facilities, and dedicated staff has resulted in continuous accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928, and most recently achieved a perfect
review—a goal which institutions strive to achieve. Individual program accreditations have also been awarded in art, chemistry, civil engineering technology programs, communication disorders, counseling, dietetics, engineering physics, journalism and mass communications, music, nursing, occupational safety and health,
school administration, social work, speech-language pathology, teacher education, and veterinary technology, as well as several business programs.
Murray State University has a commitment to extend its educational programs throughout the region. Off-campus courses are available at a number of sites including Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Paducah. In addition to teaching courses on-site at these locations, the university provides a variety of distance learning alternatives for students who may not be able to attend classes on the main campus.
The international dimension of the university’s offerings include summer study-abroad programs in several countries and direct exchange programs for students and faculty with universities on five continents — Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America and Europe. On campus, the English as a Second Language program prepares
nonnative speakers of English for full-time study and for future professional careers.
Murray State University's main campus is in Murray, KY, a city of over 17,000 and the winner of the designation, “Friendliest Small Town in America” from Rand McNally and USA Today. Being in the renowned
lake region of far west Kentucky, Murray offers the faculty, staff, and students a wealth of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Land Between the Lakes, a national recreation area situated between Kentucky and Barkley lakes, is a 20-minute drive from campus and there are four of the finest state parks in Kentucky within an hour of the
The main campus comprises over 74 major buildings, including classroom and office buildings and two libraries. The Waterfield Library houses the circulating collection, reference sources, government documents, microforms and periodicals. The historic Pogue Library contains special materials relating to the history and culture
of west Kentucky and the region.
Notable campus facilities also beneficial to this region and beyond include:
• The Arboretum, located on a 10-acre section of Murray State’s Pullen farm, offering a fully accessible horticultural display for educational and regional use ranging from open prairie to display and community gardens. A functional educational pavilion/outdoor classroom is available for use by MSU or community groups.
• The CFSB Center, Lovett Auditorium, and the Robert F. Johnson Theatre serve as venues for musical and theatre productions, concerts, and lectures.
• The Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, offering excellent facilities for fine arts programming and featuring year-round art exhibitions, a variety of musical performances, and a season of full-scale theatre productions.
• Listed with the National Registry of Historic Sites, the Wrather West Kentucky Museum, offers programs, exhibits and collections of west Kentucky history, as well as, traveling exhibits.
Four agricultural laboratory/research farms totaling 571 acres, an animal health technology facility, and the William “Bill” Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center are all within a mile of campus. Regional veterinarians and animal owners benefit from the animal disease diagnostic services provided at the new Breathitt Veterinary Center in nearby Hopkinsville, Kentucky; in addition, animal health technology students receive instruction, conduct research, and perform field service investigations at the accredited facility.
Celebrating 95 years of service, Murray State University’s mission focuses on undergraduate, graduate, and professional instruction as well as enhancement of the educational, economic, and cultural opportunities of the people of west Kentucky.