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Current academic standing policy can be found here.

From the fall of 1978 through the summer of 2000, the following academic regulations applied:

Dean's List, High Scholarship - Full-time undergraduate student with a minimum term GPA of 3.5 (3.3 prior to Fall 1993) as of the end of that term (fall  or spring only).

On Probation, Low Scholarship - Student lacked 12 or more quality points having a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Continued on Probation - Student who was previously on probation reduced the quality point deficit, but not below 12.

Dropped, Low Scholarship - Student did not earn a minimum term GPA of 2.0 and reduced the quality point deficit after a term on probation. (Beginning with the fall of 1999, this also included any new freshman who had a 0.0 term GPA during their first term - fall or spring.)

From the fall of 2000 through the summer of 2009, the following academic regulations applied:

Dean's List, Academic Excellence - Full-time undergraduate student with a minimum term GPA of 3.5 as of the the end of that term (fall or spring only).

Academic Probation - Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student whose cumulative GPA falls under the following minimums: 60 or more hours earned - 2.00 GPA; 30-59 hours earned - 1.90 GPA; fewer than 30 hours earned - 1.75 GPA.

Academic Probation Continued - Student previously on probation whose cumulative GPA increases, but does not reach the appropriate minimum indicated under Academic Probation.

Academic Suspension - Student previously on probation whose cumulative GPA does not increase, or a new freshman who has a term GPA of 0.0 during their first term (spring or fall).



Murray State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Murray State University. Normal inquiries such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Murray State University.


Fall 1948-Present: Semester

Fall 1943-Fall 1948: Quarter

Fall 1923-Fall 1943: Semester


001-089 Special category post-secondary courses

090-299 Lower division undergraduate courses

300-499 Upper division undergraduate courses

500-599 Upper division undergraduate courses (prior to Spring 2011 could also be used as graduate courses)

600-899 Graduate courses

Prior to the fall of 1963, 400-level courses were for graduate credit only, and a "G" preceded the course number of any 200-level or 300-level courses that were graduate credit on legacy transcripts.


All credit hours passed are reflected in the credit hours earned. However, credit hours earned in the following courses do not apply toward the hours required for a degree at Murray State University: ENG 095, 100, 109, 110; FYE 100: GUI 096, 097; HEA 189; INT 110; MAT 095, 100, 105, 118; REA 095, 100; and all courses with a CEC or ESL prefix. CEC courses receive college credit and are not continuing education units (CEUs). Only the latest grade on a repeated course counts toward a degree at Murray State University.


From the spring of 1973 through the spring of 1978 Murray State University participated in a college consortium at Ft. Campbell, KY that was known as Eagle University. Each institution has official records for students enrolled in that college's courses. Transcripts of Eagle University records Murray State University courses are official if they bear the signature of the Registrar.


Graduate Students: 9 semester hours

Undergraduate Students: 12 semester hours

Prior to Summer 2005, full-time status during summer term was 6 hours for undergraduate students and 5 hours for graduate students.


Murray State University currently uses a 4.0 grading scale. Prior to the fall of 1956 Murray State used a 3.0 grading scale.

An asterisk (*) in the R column indicates this attempt does not count in the GPA because the course was repeated.

Grades that may appear on transcript Quality Points
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Fair 2
D Poor 1
E or F Failure 0
AU Audit, no credit earned Not computed in GPA
CR Credit earned Not computed in GPA
GR Academic Second Chance granted Not computed in GPA
I Incomplete 0
 IP In Progress Not computed in GPA
NR Grade not reported Not computed in GPA
P Passing, credit earned Not computed in GPA
R Deferred grade Not computed in GPA
T# Weighted average grade Varies
W Withdrew with no grade Not computed in GPA
WE Withdrew Failing 0
WP Withdrew Passing, no credit earned Not computed in GPA
X Absent from exam 0


Murray State University operated a training school for teachers that is now closed, and is the repository of that school's records. Eagle High School was operated by Murray State University at Ft. Campbell, KY from July 1983 to June 1990. A Murray Training School, College High School, University High School, or Eagle High School transcript is official if it bears the signature of the Registrar.


1967-Present: Murray State University

1948-1967: Murray State College

1930-1948: Murray State Teacher's College

1926-1930: Murray State Normal School and Teacher's College

1923-1926: Murray State Normal School


The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has defined specific terminology for a set of courses designed to develop expertise within a major, and the term varies by degree level. Track is the specified term at the undergraduate level,  concentration at the master's level, and specialization at the doctoral level. Tracks, concentrations, and specializations are noted on the Murray State transcript as "Concentration."


Posted transfer work from a regionally accredited institution appears as the Murray State University's equivalent prefix and course number unless stamped "Legacy Academic Record." Transfer hours and quality points are computed in the student's cumulative GPA, using semester hours, a 4.0 grading scale and Murray State University's repeat policy.


The academic history of students enrolled prior to Fall 2009 may appear on more than one type of transcript. In these cases, please refer to the enclosed letter.