Racer Success

Academic success resources for students and families

Students, Murray State University is here to support you!

Fall 2023 Academic Calendar

August 16 — Classes begin

September 5 — Holiday - Classes dismissed; Offices closed

October 5 — 1st half semester courses end

October 6-7 — Fall Break - Classes dismissed; Offices closed

October 10 — 2nd half semester courses begin

November 23-25 — Thanksgiving - Classes dismissed; Offices closed      

December 2 — Classes end

December 3-9 — Finals

December 10 — Commencement

Please continue to be in touch with your faculty members and academic advisors. They are prepared to help answer your questions related to your courses. 

We hope the following information, resources and tips are helpful to you. Stay positive, safe, healthy and engaged to reach your goals. Murray State is here to assist you in any way possible as we successfully complete the semester. 


Frequently Asked Questions

I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed. What services are available?

University Counseling Services provides free and confidential mental health counseling for all enrolled students. The Counseling Center is now open, and counselors are available to meet with students. We are strongly encouraging all clients to participate in remote sessions via Zoom rather than in-person sessions, in order to protect everyone's health. Please contact us at msu.counselingcenter@murraystate.edu for more information. Self-help resources are available on our website. If it is an emergency situation, please contact the Murray State Police Department at 270.809.2222.


How can I contact Murray State University Health Services?

Murray State University Health Services is located on the first floor of Wells Hall, facing the quad. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Office closed 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch). Individuals can reach Health Services by calling 270.809.3809 or emailing (msu.healthservices@murraystate.edu). After hours, call Village Medical Center at 270.759.9200.


Is there a list of terms I should become familiar with?

Yes! Visit the Racer Glossary to help understand the college lingo associated with a successful experience.

Academic Advising

Your academic advisor is here to assist you in many ways and help you make the best decisions including courses, schedules and degree requirements.  

Learn more about Academic Advising

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