MSU nearing all-time freshmen record as 2023-24 academic year begins

By Shawn Touney | Aug 14, 2023

students moving into the dorms

Murray State students moving into the residence halls

MURRAY, Ky. – As Murray State University prepares for the start of the 2023-24 academic year that begins on Aug. 15, the University is approaching the all-time freshmen record. With enrollment numbers materializing in the weeks to come, this year’s freshman class at Murray State will be one of the largest freshman classes, if not the largest, in the institution’s history. 

Based on preliminary data, the University’s overall student enrollment includes representation from each of the 50 states for the first time. This year’s overall enrollment also includes students from 55 countries throughout the world. 

Murray State’s campus housing will be at or near capacity at the start of the fall semester, with the University having secured additional off-campus housing for a small number of upperclassmen students. 

The University began welcoming students to campus earlier this month as part of its long-standing Great Beginnings program, which offers a series of fun activities and events to acclimate students to the campus and greater community. 

The official 2023-24 enrollment report will be completed in a few weeks.

“We are very excited to share this preliminary snapshot of enrollment for the 2023-24 academic year at Murray State University; particularly, the potentially historic size of this year’s freshman class,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “For many months, numerous individuals across campus have worked extremely hard to engage with prospective students and their families, letting them know how Murray State University is a great fit for both their expectations and aspirations to be successful as students, graduates and alumni of this special place. We are looking forward to a tremendous academic year.” 

Recognized nationally as one of America’s best college values, Murray State has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top universities in the country for 32 consecutive years. In the publication’s most recent rankings last fall, Murray State was named a top 10 regional university in both quality and value. 

Murray State was also highlighted within the past year as a best value for students seeking a college degree by Washington Monthly in its “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings, as well as by Forbes, Money Magazine and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.

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