Campus Visit FAQs

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When do you offer campus visits?

During the regular academic semesters, we meet with prospective students, most Monday thru Friday at 9, 11 & 1 and occasional Saturdays at 11 only.  During the summer and university breaks (when the university is open, but students are not on campus), we host visits at 9 & 11 only.  

For more information on campus visit dates and times, visit our Visit Campus page.

How can I sign up for a visit?

You can schedule a campus visit and tour by visiting our online Visit Calendar.  Here, you will be able to select the date and time you would like to visit and give us more information about what you would like to do while you are on campus.

How long does the campus visit take?

A typical visit consists of an information session with an admission counselor who will be able to discuss with you admission criteria, financial aid and scholarship opportunities as well as information about housing, dining services and student life; this takes approximately 30 minutes. 

This will be followed by a student guided walking tour of campus, which typically takes one and one-half hours.  

In addition, you may request to meet with an academic department.  If we are able to confirm that appointment, you should add an additional one to two hours to your visit time. 

How much of a notice do you need to schedule my campus visit?

We ask that you give us at least two weeks’ notice to arrange your visit.  However, if you are just passing through Western Kentucky and would like to drop in, feel free to do so.  We will NOT be able to acquire academic appointments on same day visits.

How will I know if my registration went through?

You will receive a pop-up confirmation as soon as you submit your registration; you will also receive an automated confirmation within a few minutes of your registration; sent to the email you listed on your profile. 

You will also receive a reminder a couple of days before your visit, with more information and an itinerary of your visit. 

Where do I go and where will I park for my visit?

You will be given detailed information about parking in the emails you will receive after your registration. This will include a link to register your vehicle before arriving on campus.  Visitor parking is free.  

You will park in visitor’s parking at the Curris Center (GPS address: 1375 Chestnut St, Murray, KY  42071). 

Can I meet with a faculty member in my area of interest while I am there?

When you register for your visit you may indicate an interest in speaking with an academic department.  Be sure to plan ahead – we need at least two weeks’ notice to request these appointments.  While we will do our best to schedule these appointments, they are not guaranteed; especially if requested at the last minute. 

I play a sport at my high school.  Can I meet with a coach during my visit?

Unfortunately, due to NCAA guidelines; the Office of Recruitment is not able to schedule athletic appointments.  

You can complete an online questionnaire in order to let the coach know of your interest.  Simply go to goracers.com and select the MORE options icon (three horizontal lines) in the gold header bar; select the sport of your choice from the SPORTS link and then the MORE options icon in the white header bar; click on ADDITIONAL LINKS and then on FUTURE RACERS QUESTIONNAIRE. 

What if I (or my parent) has a disability or injury which prevents us from walking campus?  Can we still take the tour?

Absolutely!  We ask that when scheduling your appointment, you let us know if you need special accommodations.  This will allow us time to arrange for a wheel chair or a special driving tour.  

What should I bring with me to a campus visit?

You may want to bring something to write with and a list of any questions you may have. 

What should I wear for my visit?

Dress casual for your visit to campus.  You will be sitting a little and walking a lot!  We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.  You may also want to bring a jacket or umbrella in the event of inclement weather.  Be sure to check the Local Weather before leaving home.    

No matter which school you are visiting; never wear clothing from another college.  You are going to be meeting with faculty and staff from the college of your choice.  According to greatcollegeadvice.com, “There is nothing worse as an admission counselor than to have a prospective student come up to you raving about how much they want to attend your college while wearing the sweatshirt from a peer institution.”

 What if I want to come on a date that is not available on your calendar?

 There are a couple of reasons you would not be able to visit on a particular date/time.  Maybe, that session is already full.  Maybe, the university is closed or we have a special event scheduled and will not be hosting visits on that date. You may need to select a secondary date/time to visit. 

However, if you are only able to come on a particular date, we offer Self-Guided Walking Tours.  There are many benefits of a walking tour.  Visit our Self-Guided Walking Tours page for more information. 

 Can I eat on campus while I am there?

 What better way to experience the places you will eat if you decide to attend Murray State University, than to eat in one of our many dining locations while you are on campus. Whether you are looking for a light snack, a full meal, something sweet or something healthy, we have something for you. 

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Winslow Dining Hall

Located in the Residential College Circle, Winslow Dining Hall features all-you-care-to-eat options. So whether you're in the mood for pizza, pasta, salads, soups, deli sandwiches, or one of our daily specials, you're sure to find something you love in Murray State's largest dining venue on campus. 

Winslow also offers many options for individuals with dietary restrictions. If you're a vegetarian or vegan, we have a station just for you called Harmony, which serves meat-free options every day. If you have any food sensitivities or allergies, check out our Simple Servings station. This station serves food prepared exclusively with ingredients that do not contain the main food allergens: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and gluten.

Thoroughbred Room (T-Room)

The T-Room is our second largest dining venue on campus, located on the second floor of the Curris Center. Open for  lunch only, Monday through Friday; the T-Room houses Steak 'n Shake, Tres Habaneros and Subconnection.  

Other Dining Options

For the convenience of our student, we offer other options at locations throughout campus.  Options like Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Market '22 in the Curris Center, Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Waterfield Library, Business Express in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, and Fast Track in the Residential College Circle. 

 

 Is there a hotel near campus?

For information on getting to and staying in Murray, visit our Travel to Murray State page.  Here you will find driving directions, information on where to eat, where to stay and so much more.

 What if I need to cancel a visit I have scheduled?

To cancel or update details of your online registration, please email us at msu.campusvisits@murraystate.edu or call 270.8009.3002.

I would like to bring a group to campus.  How can I register for a tour?

The Office of Recruitment welcomes groups of students to campus.  However, these tours are structured a little differently.  

At this time, we do not offer guided tours for elementary or middle school groups.  We do encourage you to explore campus on your own and observe what life in a university setting is like.  Follow this link for more information about Elementary and Middle School Visits

We welcome high school groups and organizations to visit campus.  Follow this link to register for a High School Group Visit.

 

Still have questions? Email us at msu.campusvisits@murraystate.edu or call us at 270.809.2896.