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Murray State University

Murray State University

Check whether Murray State University is right for you as an international student.

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Study abroad at Murray State University

Murray State University (MSU) is a public university located in the US state of Kentucky. It is made up of eight colleges that combine to offer 143 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.

The University has a range of modern sporting facilities, laboratories and libraries. Its active student body runs over 170 organizations and societies, so you’ll never be short of things to do or people to see.

MSU has a well-respected athletics program. University athletes, known as Racers, compete in the Ohio Valley Conference and are particularly successful in basketball, football, rifle shooting, and fishing.

MSU is home to some interesting rituals and traditions, including a shoe tree and a campus-wide singalong. These quirks contribute to its distinctive character and feel.

Murray State University logo

Why study at MSU?

  • Scholarship opportunities

    MSU runs a range of scholarship programs, including the Trustee Scholarship which covers all of a student’s tuition fees

  • Affordable tuition fees

    MSU tuition fees are much cheaper than the state’s average

  • Safety

    Murray has been identified as one of the nation’s safest college towns (SafeWise, 2019)

  • Consistent academic quality

    MSU has consistently been recognized as a ‘Top Tier’ university between 1992-2020 (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

  • Regional excellence

    MSU is ranked as the 24th Best Regional University in the southern region (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

Life as an international student

Murray was previously voted the ‘Friendliest Small Town in America’ by USA Today, making it the perfect home from home for international students.

Over 60 nationalities are represented on campus and many students don’t speak English as a first language. To ensure academic success, MSU runs an English language program where students can receive personalized tutoring before beginning their degrees.

One of the many student-led societies at MSU is the International Student Organization (ISO). The ISO is a multicultural society that brings students together, offers support, and raises awareness of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Student life & facilities

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Murray State University programs

Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition

    13 920 USD per year

  • Graduate tuition

    13 200 USD per year

International Leadership Scholarship

The Murray State University International Leadership Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of countries other than the United States. Applicants must first apply and be admitted to an undergraduate or graduate program at Murray State University, submitting evidence of the ability to pay the remains after the scholarship is awarded. The average amount is $1 000 USD per year. This scholarship is awarded to international students who demonstrate leadership and passion for advancing intercultural learning.

International Transfer Scholarship

The Transfer Scholarship will be awarded to first-time transfer students who have a 3.25 transferable GPA and 45 or more transferable hours. The Transfer Scholarship is a non-refundable scholarship that can be applied to direct costs (tuition, campus housing, campus meal plan, or University Bookstore textbook charges) at Murray State. The average amount is $1 500 USD per year


Murray State University

102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071, United States

Murray feels like home. From small-town boutiques and shops to diverse restaurants, public parks, friendly neighbors and more, our namesake has it all.