Where is Murray State?

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Where is Murray State?

The main campus of Murray State University is located in beautiful western Kentucky in the city of Murray. You can find our five regional campuses spread out across the entire state, but Murray, Kentucky is the location we are happy to call our home base. The city of Murray and Murray State University has a lasting beneficial relationship that has strengthened our communities into one, larger community. 

The Murray, Kentucky and Murray State relationship

Students of Murray State are regularly enchanted by the welcoming atmosphere and charm of Murray and, when visiting, instantly get that feeling of – "this feels like home." Our students' parents and family members are always pleased to experience Murray's safe environment and the small-town vibe. While we can assure that Murray State takes great measures to keep our community safe, that same mentality is shared by our partners in the Murray, Kentucky community.

Our campus features an array of cultural centers and attractions. The city residents frequently enjoy our on-campus art galleries and theatres and join us for community concerts and other events. In return, Murray boasts a diversity of locally-owned restaurants, specialty retail shops and other businesses that our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors can all enjoy.

Murray Kentucky Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

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A family-friendly, small-town community

If you have children and are considering pursuing an education at Murray State, we're pleased to report that the two nearby public school systems – Calloway County Schools and Murray Independent Schools – offer excellent academic, athletic and extracurricular activities for your children. Many of our students with families find themselves remaining in the area long after graduation, even if they had previously moved from elsewhere. Murray is a city of about 20,000 residents, and each member of the community embodies a kind, inviting feel which will make you feel right at home.

Regardless of where you are coming from, the Murray community will welcome you with open arms. We have a feeling that you'll fall in love with the area like so many others in our community have over the years. In fact, Murray has earned the title of “friendliest small town” from Rand McNally and USA Today for several back-to-back years. Our friendly community is also a safe place to call home. The City of Murray has been named one of the nation's Top 50 Safe College Towns per SafeWise and has earned national recognition for Murray State's safety initiatives.

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Illustration of Kentucky map with Murray highlighted

Where exactly is Murray?

Murray is located in a convenient area of western Kentucky and is within driving distance of many major cities locally and out of state in Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Explore below to review a few select routes between the following notable locations and Murray State University.

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Our campus is proud to be a part of the Murray community and we are grateful for the city's frequent partnership and involvement with our institution. Visiting Murray State University is a great start to get a feel for the surrounding area of Murray.

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