Access to Student Support

Access to student support services, including health services, counseling and testing and financial aid resources:

Students in the DPD have access to all student support services on campus, if they meet the criteria for each.  The following services are available on campus to MSU students: Adult Student Services, Career Services, Counseling and Testing Center, Disability Services, Financial Aid Office, Health Services, LGBT Services, Multicultural Affairs, Psychological Services, Rehabilitation Services, Student Support Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Wellness Center.

Adult Student Services. Adult Student Services is a division within Continuing Education and Academic Outreach. One branch of the Adult Student Services area is a program called Adults Belong in College. This program provides services to those students who have had a break in their formal education and who are entering or reentering college. The services include information about admission, registration, placement testing, review classes, and campus support services; adult orientations; a lounge and resource center located in Ordway Hall; Alpha Gamma Epsilon, a nontraditional students’ organization; and Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society for adult students. The Adult Student Services liaison is located on the 3rd floor of the Lowry Center. The phone number is 270-809-5796 or 1-800-669-7654.

Career Services . The Career Services Office supports the institution’s mission in educating individuals to become productive citizens in society by serving as a liaison between students, alumni, faculty and the world of work, while providing integrated career placement services. These services include career counseling, job search strategies, credential building opportunities and information on employment trends and current hiring procedures, which will ultimately result in meaningful and satisfying employment upon graduation.  An essential part of the job search process is experience. Through cooperative education and internship opportunities available through Career Services, students can find the right employment that will add value to their degree. Several career fair events are designed and sponsored by the office throughout the year to connect students to employment opportunities.

Career Services also provides other resources for students. These include a list of part-time employment for both on and off campus employers through work-study programs, a list of fulltime position vacancies, the National Student Exchange program, where students can attend another college or university for up to one year. Additional services include: workshops, seminars, presentations, on-campus and mock interviews, cover letter and resume assistance, individual career counseling, the online recruiting services which features Racer Track Job Search Database powered by Experience and the GoinGlobal networks.  Choosing a career is one of life’s most important decisions.  The Career Services Office provides important career-oriented assistance, of which “Discover” is the centerpiece. The Discover program is a comprehensive, computer-based career information and planning system, which has been designed to assist in career and educational planning needs. This program can quickly assess and identify a student’s work related interests, abilities and values and compare those to data provided by individuals in those occupations.  Individual career counseling and the use of a comprehensive career library housed in Waterfield Library is provided in conjunction with “Discover” to assist students in their selection of a career action plan. To schedule an appointment, contact Career Services at 270-809-3735.

Counseling and Testing Center. Located in 104 Applied Science Building, the center has a full-time staff available for educational, career and personal counseling. Students with concerns of a personal or emotional nature should feel free to contact the Counseling and Testing Center for confidential assistance. Appropriate referrals to additional mental health services will also be provided to students. The Counseling Center also extends its counseling and referral services to faculty and staff through an employee assistance program. Interested faculty and staff should call the Counseling and Testing Center for more information. You may also check the website at

A wide range of admission tests used nationally, such as the American College Test (ACT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) series, are available to students through the testing service. In addition, appropriate tests to assist students with career exploration and self understanding are available. We are an Educational Testing Service Computer Based Testing Center and offer a variety of computer delivered assessments. For more information, please see testing information on the web at

A full range of credit by examination opportunities is available at Murray State University through the CLEP and APP programs.  Our policy on accepting credit through these programs may be found at

The Counseling Center offers computer-assisted career guidance through the use of the DISCOVER computer system. This resource can assist an individual in identifying potential career areas and provide detailed information regarding job characteristics and employment outlook. Instructions on obtaining an access code are provided on the Counseling Center’s website.


Disability Services. The Office of Student Disability Services, located on the fourth floor of the Wells Hall, offers accommodations and academic support services for students who have disabilities. These disabilities include cognitive (i.e. learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and traumatic brain injuries), psychological impairments, seizure disorders, autism, sensory, mobility, or other physical or health impairments. Accommodations may include:  textbooks in alternate format, notetakers, testing accommodations, classroom and course accommodations, and housing and parking accommodations. All accommodations are based on each student’s documented disability.

Project for Achieving Student Success – Project PASS provides a more comprehensive level of academic support for entering freshmen and new transfer students with disabilities. Enhanced support services include: scheduling assistance during summer orientation, an early move-in program to help freshmen students with disabilities make the transition from high school to college, specialized English and World Civilization classes, three semesters of study skills courses designed specifically for students with disabilities, and conferences with students during their first three semesters at MSU to review mid-term grades and develop a plan to achieve academic success. Finally, Project Mentor is an academic support program that offers enhanced support through trained mentors, which allows students with disabilities to receive individualized assistance with learning effective strategies for organizing and studying course-related materials and assignments. Fees for Project Mentor are based on the number of hours each week the student meets with his/her academic mentor. Please see the SDS website for more information:  Telephone number: 270-809-2018.


Financial Aid Assistance.  Murray State University offers a wide variety of financial aid for deserving students.  This aid is designed to assist students in financing their education, to recognize scholastic achievement, to encourage continued educational growth and to reward service to the university and the community.  In all cases, the student and/or the student’s family or spouse are expected to contribute to the costs of education in proportion to their financial capabilities. If the student and his/her parents or spouse will commit all possible resources, the Student Financial Aid Office will make every effort to bridge the economic gap by a financial aid package.   Forms and information concerning loans, grants and student employment may be obtained from the Student Financial Aid Office in Sparks Hall or by reviewing your myGate account for any outstanding requirements needed. Scholarship information may be obtained from the University Scholarship Office which is located in Ordway Hall.

Health Services. Health Services is located at ground level in the north wing of Wells Hall. The clinic is open for student visits from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays when classes are in session, with the exception of Wednesday afternoons. Primary health care is offered on a drop-in outpatient basis. Students are screened and assessed by professional nurses. They may be treated or referred to the physician, depending on the nature of the visit. The local hospital provides physician services on a 24-hour basis for emergencies.

LGBT Services.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky has long been a leader in promoting human rights especially through its system of higher education. At Murray State University, we are creating a community that values diversity and learns from that diversity. The University supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, faculty, and staff by providing campus life programs, LGBT student groups, and LGBT Services. Thank you for visiting our site and we encourage you to explore the opportunities posted on the site and to contact us if you wish any further information or assistance. MSU is an institutional member in the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, which is an associate member organization in the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

Multicultural Affairs. The Office Multicultural Affairs was established to provide ongoing assistance and support to Murray State’s student population prior to and following their enrollment. The office serves as a clearinghouse, a referral service, and a liaison among administration, academic units and the community.  For additional information contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Marvin D. Mills Multicultural Center, Room 110 in the Curris Center, call 270-809-6836 or email the office at

Psychological Center. Located in 401 Wells Hall, the Center serves as a training facility for graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Master’s program. Clinicians provide psychotherapy free of charge for Murray State students, faculty, and staff. Psychodiagnostic assessment is offered to students, faculty, and staff for a minimal charge. Psychological services are also offered to children and adults in the community for fees charged on a sliding-scale basis. For more information, or 270-809-2504.

Rehabilitation Services. Located at 117 Wells Hall, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides services to individuals who have a physical or mental impairment which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment. Reasonable expectation that vocational rehabilitation services will benefit the individual in terms of employment outcome must exist. Services provided can include vocational assessment, vocational counseling, rehabilitation technology, training (tuition, books, fees, etc.),job placement, and other services as needed on an individual basis. The amount provided is based on financial needs assessment and availability of funds. Telephone number: 270-809-3371.

Veterans Affairs. The primary mission of the office is to assist the veteran student with the successful transition from military to university campus life. Eligible candidates should contact the office immediately concerning general procedures and documents required to complete enrollment certification with the VA regional office. This will help ensure prompt payment of education benefits.  Veterans under the Vietnam-era Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 34) should be aware that this program was terminated on December 31, 1989. Active-duty personnel (Chapter 34) entering the service after June 1, 1988, and those who entered after July 1, 1985, will qualify for educational assistance under the new Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30). A six-year commitment is required with the National Guard or Selected Reserve for the Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 1606). People who have a disability rating will receive funding through the rehabilitation program (Chapter 31). Those who have served between January 1, 1977, and July 1, 1985, and participated in the matching funds program (Chapter 32 VEAP) also have educational benefits. Children, spouses and widow(er)s of veterans who, while serving in the armed forces, were killed on active duty, or have died as a result of a service connected disability, or are permanently and totally disabled, or were prisoners of war, or are missing in action qualify for benefits under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35). Students eligible for the Post 9/11, Chapter 33 must have served on active duty after September 10, 2001 for a minimum of 90 aggregate days (excluding entry level and skill training); or a minimum of 30 continuous days if discharged for a service -connected disability. Active duty members are eligible the 90th day after completion of entry level training. For the most current and up to date information on all VA programs, benefits, and eligibility, please visit the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs website:


Wellness Center.  The Susan E. Bauernfeind Student Recreation and Wellness Center is a 73,000 square foot state-of-the-art exercise facility.  The Wellness Center features: three full-size basketball courts with hardwood floors, aerobics studio with hardwood floors, a variety of aerobics courses, spinning classes, both free weights and selectorized weight machines, two racquetball courts, approximately 50 pieces of cardio equipment and an indoor 1/11th mile track. The facility includes an indoor swimming pool featuring a lap pool, leisure pool area, whirlpool and vortex. The Wellness Center also houses the Healthy Horse Outfitters and a lounge with internet access. You can contact the Susan E. Bauernfeind Student Recreation and Wellness Center by calling (270) 809-6000.

Women’s Center.  Murray State University’s Women’s Center serves as an advocate of women’s issues on campus. It provides a variety of educational and support services including walk-in crisis counseling, support groups, peer education programs and seminars of interest to the entire campus community. Topics commonly addressed include rape, issues related to women’s physical health, relationship violence, harassment and the changing role of women society.  The center is located on the first floor of the Oakley Applied Science Building. Services are provided free of charge to the campus community.