Admission requirements

Our test-optional admissions process provides greater access for students. Your overall performance and accomplishments throughout high school are
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First-time Freshman Admission

  • Submit an application for admission with a $40 application fee.
  • During the application, you will self-report your cumulative high school GPA. You must submit your official high school transcript after graduation.
  • Students with a high school unweighted GPA of 2.75 or higher are admitted.
  • Admission eligibility for students with a high School GPA of 2.0 - 2.74 will be determined by a holistic review process.

If you don't meet these benchmarks, you may have other admission options at Murray State University. Check out the Academic Bulletin for more information.

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Admission checklist 

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Apply for scholarships.
    Application opens September 1.
    Once you've been admitted to Murray State, you can start applying for scholarships.
  3. Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA.
    The 2024 - 2025 FAFSA is open. Please note, you must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for scholarships.
    FAFSA code: 001977
  4. Apply for housing
    Application opens October 1.
    Submit your housing application early for priority consideration.

Pre-college curriculum for students in Kentucky

Kentucky residents under the age of 21 must complete the state-mandated pre-college curriculum. All other applicants must complete a comparable college-preparatory curriculum.

    • English I, II, III and IV (or AP English)
    • Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
    • 1 life science, 1 physical science and 1 earth/space science (one of these must have a lab)
    • 3 of the following: US History, economics, government, world geography or world civilization
    • ½ unit of health
    • ½ unit of physical education
    • 1 unit of history and appreciation of visual/performing arts
    • 5 electives
    • For students who graduated from high school in 2004 or later, two units of one foreign language.

Note: The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires each freshman to enroll in a subject-specific developmental course if the student's ACT score is below 18 in English, 19 in mathematics, or 20 in reading. SAT scores: verbal 470, math 460 or below. Additional developmental courses may be required by Murray State before a student will be permitted to advance to entry-level courses. 


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Admission is to admit eligible students to the University without regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or geographic location. The staff provides superior customer service while mentoring students and parents through the admission process. We also work closely with high school counselors to successfully guide students through the admission process.

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