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Celebrating 100 years

Founded in 1922, Murray State offers something for everyone with various ways to learn, grow and get involved on our Murray, Kentucky main campus, our regional campuses, or online. For 100 years, we have encouraged big dreams while supporting every student in pursuit of their passions. You're the hero of your own unique college story, and Murray State is proud to help you tell it. Help us celebrate our Centennial and make your mark in Racer history.

We are storytellers. We are family.
We are Racers.

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Our academic colleges and schools offer 146 programs to prepare you for success.
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From physics to music and accounting to nursing, Murray State offers 146 ways to help you become what - and who - you want to be. Our academic programs are organized by seven focused colleges, schools and centers for learning dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams.

Whether you are a First Time Freshman, Transfer, Graduate, International student or wanting to earn your degree online - we've got you covered. Regardless of where your journey has taken you or where it's going in the future, you'll enjoy individual attention, small classes and unique hands-on opportunities during your college experience. The Murray State faculty are educational innovators who will support you every step of the way, so get started on your journey today.

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Kiersten Slankard

"The feeling of everyone being like family at Murray State is like no other university I’ve visited. Murray State’s faculty, staff and students do everything they can to make sure everyone finds their place to thrive."

Kiersten Slankardfrom Paducah, Kentucky
Deonte Turnley

"What I love most about Murray State are the opportunities provided by the different offices across campus. I’ve been able to do many things on campus I would have never thought I could do simply through my involvement with the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership & Inclusive Excellence."

Deonte Turnleyfrom Evansville, Indiana
Jimenez family at Family Weekend

"Not only does Murray State make you feel welcomed, it provides a solid education at a good price in a friendly, all-inclusive environment."

Cara Luttrell-Jimenezat Family Weekend
Shandong graduates

Murray State University’s partnership with the International Business College at Shandong Technology and Business University celebrates its first graduating cohort of students

The partnership’s first cohort of students began in 2018 and graduated with dual degrees in June 2022

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