U.S. News Best College for 22 consecutive years. The 2013 rankings place Murray State at 7th among the top public regional universities in the South and the 11th-ranked public regional university in the nation. MSU is also a Top-10 school where merit aid awards are most common.
Forbes Top College for five consecutive years. In addition to being named to the 2013 America's Top Colleges list, Forbes also designated Murray State as one of "America's Top 100 Best Buy" colleges for the fourth year in a row.
Washington Monthly Best Bang for the Buck in the 2014 College Guide. Murray State ranked 17th in the "Best Bang for the Buck" Category among all schools and 9th in the "Best Bang for the Buck-Master's Universities" Category.
The Chronicle of Higher Education named Murray State one of its “2012 Great Colleges to Work For.” The designation specifically recognizes MSU for ““Professional/Career Development Programs,” "Respect and Appreciation" and "Teaching Environment."