Murray State University

Murray, KY 42071
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Murray State University is one of the eight public 4-year colleges in Kentucky. The campus is located in Murray town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 10,012 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,443 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,111 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 77%). Every year 49% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Murray State University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $7,656, and fees were $1,164. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $22,656 and $1,164 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students10,012
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate77%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 11 103
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 10
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 81.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1928 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/22/2014 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
04/04/1992 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT980 to 1190
ACT21 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $40
Graduates $40

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$368/credit
In State Students$368/credit
Out of State Students$993/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$528/credit
In State Students$528/credit
Out of State Students$1,490/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $16,560 $16,560 $44,685
ADN 70 $25,760 $25,760 $69,510
BSN 125 $46,000 $46,000 $124,125
FNP 50 $26,400 $26,400 $74,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of Murray State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 32% $4,690
Other Federal Grant 9% $499
State Grant & Scholarships 58% $2,500
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 60% $6,957
Federal Student Loans 55% $7,555
Private Loans 7% $11,374


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,115
$30,001 to $48,000$8,644
$48,001 to $75,000$12,309
$75,001 to $110,000$14,590
Over $110,000$14,798

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.
Murray State University
218 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071

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