Murray State University is a public, 4-year university located in Murray, KY. Founded in 1922 as the Murray State Normal School, in 1926 it was renamed Murray State Normal School and Teachers College and in 1966 the school became Murray State University. The 250 acre campus, approximately 120 miles northwest of Nashville, TN, features a blend of collegiate gothic and modern architecture; most academic buildings surround the large grassy Quadrangle lined with trees on the south side of the campus. The official seal of the university is a Shield, taken from the coat-of-arms of the family of William Murray who was the Earl of Mansfield in Great Britain in the 18th century. The shield is blue with a gold border and includes three stars representing hope, endeavor and achievement.
Murray State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees and Doctorates in over 70 fields of study. Noted for Nursing, Art & Design, Teacher Education and Music and Theatre, the largest programs on campus are in Healthcare fields and Business. The University is comprised of six academic colleges and schools: Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Hutson School of Agriculture, Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions. There are a handful of online programs as well as a robust study abroad program. Per the Mission Statement, “Murray State University… [offers] high-quality associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Academic programs are offered in the core areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. Teaching, research, and service excellence are core values and guiding principles that promote economic development and the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region.”
There are over 9000 undergraduate students enrolled in Murray State University, most of whom live on campus in the residence halls and apartments. There is a significant Greek presence as well. The University sponsors over 150 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the Navy blue and gold Racers, led by Dunker and featuring Racer One (a genuine racehorse) field teams in 10 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AA competition. Among the annual campus traditions are the Campus Lights, Tent City before the homecoming football game, All Campus Sing and Midnight Breakfast during Finals. Students learn the Core Values of the school during their academic career: “Murray State University places a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships… [and] prepares graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The University is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience. Murray State University emphasizes student-centered learning and educational experiences that include first year experience, the honors program, internships, study-abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, residential colleges, and student organizations. In sum, Murray State University fosters an exciting and challenging learning environment.