Murray State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,196
1.94% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$11,042
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.23%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
84%
10,251 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
9,479
67.2% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
61.7%
834 Graduates

About

Murray State University is a higher education institution located in Calloway County, KY. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Murray State University were General Studies (91 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (91 degrees), and General Business (78 degrees).

In 2022, 2,172 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Murray State University. 63.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,784 degrees), 14.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (121 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Murray State University is $8,196, which is $−15,800 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Murray State University is $8,196, which is $−15,800 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,042.

In 2022, 100% of undergraduate students attending Murray State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 38% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$8,196
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Murray State University was $8,196. The cost of tuition at Murray State University is $−15,800 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$11,042
2022 Value
1.74%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Murray State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,042. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Murray State University grew by 1.74%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,293
Room and Board
$1,260
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Murray State University was of $10,293 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3.54% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,260. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

100%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
38%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

100% of undergraduate students at Murray State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 8.7% with respect to 2021, when 92% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.23%
2019 Default Rate
44
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Murray State University was 2.23%, which represents 44 out of the 1976 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Murray State University received 10,251 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 12.1% annual growth. Out of those 10,251 applicants, 8,609 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84% acceptance rate.

There were 9,479 students enrolled at Murray State University in 2022. 17% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Murray State University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
8,609
Accepted Out of 10,251

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Murray State University was 84% (8,609 admissions from 10,251 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 85.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 12.1%, while admissions grew by 10.6%..

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SAT Scores

17%
Submission Percentage (2022)
239
Scores Submitted (2022)

17% of enrolled first-time students at Murray State University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Murray State University had a total enrollment of 9,479 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Murray State University is 6,374 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,105. This means that 67.2% of students enrolled at Murray State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Murray State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.3% White, 6.07% Black or African American, 2.95% Two or More Races, 2.84% Hispanic or Latino, 1.02% Asian, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0211% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Murray State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (50.1%), followed by White Male (30.8%) and Black or African American Female (3.15%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (51.8%), followed by White Male (19%) and Black or African American Female (5.36%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Murray State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,479 students. The full-time enrollment at Murray State University is 6,374 and the part-time enrollment is 3,105. This means that 67.2% of students enrolled at Murray State University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Murray State University was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Murray State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    7,327 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    575 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    280 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Murray State University is 77.3% White, 6.07% Black or African American, 2.95% Two or More Races, 2.84% Hispanic or Latino, 1.02% Asian, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0211% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 347 students (3.66%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 592 more women than men received degrees from Murray State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Murray State University is white (1,784 degrees awarded). There were 14.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (121 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Murray State University is General Studies (91 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (91 degrees) and General Business (78 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Murray State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (142 degrees awarded), Education (348 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (103 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Murray State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,630,212 people), Secondary school teachers (512,239 people), Education administrators (289,027 people), Postsecondary teachers (236,734 people), and Other managers (230,250 people).

The most specialized majors at Murray State University in 2022 are Engineering Technologies (142 degrees awarded), Education (348 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (103 degrees), English (47 degrees), and Physical Sciences (32 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Murray State University are Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Surgeons, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Murray State University are Engineering Technologies (142 degrees awarded), Education (348 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (103 degrees), English (47 degrees), and Physical Sciences (32 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Murray State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,924,857 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (475,014 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (243,885 people), Computer Systems Design (184,574 people), and Individual & family services (154,555 people).

The most specialized majors at Murray State University are Engineering Technologies (142 degrees awarded), Education (348 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (103 degrees), English (47 degrees), and Physical Sciences (32 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Murray State University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 91 degrees awarded
  2. 91 degrees awarded
  3. 78 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Murray State University was General Studies with 91 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

790
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,382
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 790 degrees were awarded to men at Murray State University, which is 0.572 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,382).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 86 degrees were awarded to men at Murray State University in General Business, which is 1.05 times more than the 82 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 82 degrees were awarded to men at Murray State University in General Business, which is 0.953 times less than the 86 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

34%
100% Completion Time
53%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 34% of students graduating from Murray State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 53% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 54% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Murray State University is Male and Asian (80% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,784 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    121 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    79 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Murray State University is white (1,784 degrees awarded). There were 14.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (121 degrees).

4.01% of degree recipients (87 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,154 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    630 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    73 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Murray State University is white female (1,154 degrees awarded). There were 1.83 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (630 degrees).

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Operations

Murray State University has an endowment valued at nearly $107M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−7.33%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Murray State University had a total salary expenditure of 160M. Murray State University employs 119 Associate professors, 114 Assistant professors and 107 Instructors. Most academics at Murray State University are Female Instructor (66), Male Associate professor (65), and Male Professor (64).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Murray State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 139 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 122 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 110 employees.

Endowment

$107M
2022 Endowment
10.5%
decline from 2021

Murray State University has an endowment valued at about $107M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Murray State University declined 10.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $60M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$68.3M
2022 Salaries
1.52%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Murray State University paid a median of $68.3M in salaries, which represents 42.6% of their overall expenditure ($160M) and a 1.52% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.7M
Instructional Salaries
436
Number of Employees

In 2022, Murray State University paid a total of $29.7M to 436 employees working as instructors, which represents 43.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
119 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
139 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Murray State University were Associate professor with 119 employees, Assistant professor with 114 employees, and Instructor with 107 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Murray State University were Office and Administrative Support with 139 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 122 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 110 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Murray State University was Female Instructor with 66 employees, Male Associate professor with 65 employees, and Male Professor with 64 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Murray State University.

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