Independence and opportunities
It began at Oxford and Cambridge in England. Yale and Harvard universities later adopted it in the United States. And now Murray State brings it to you. It's the residential college—a small, faculty-led community of students where there is incredible opportunity for personal growth and educational development. This is different from the residential programs that are found on most campuses. Where other universities talk about residential life, Murray State delivers it: academic guidance, social functions, recreational facilities—every year at Murray you will have over 3,000 activities from which to choose. Residential colleges keep you involved.
Students are not the only members of the Residential Colleges; Murray State faculty and professional staff members take personal interest in your career here at Murray State, as well as advise you for your life after graduation. Faculty and staff involvement in the Residential College system has shown to better improve college life, lead to a higher GPA, and increase the likelihood of graduation.
Unique among American public universities
Murray State University was the first public university to establish a successful, comprehensive Residential College program, where each College has its own colors, constitution, crest, and tradition. This type of Residential College program is an experience that is found only here at Murray State University.
Residential Colleges at Murray State University