Murray State University (MSU)

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MSU can be found in Murray, KY, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 11,000 students enrolled each year at Murray State University.

The majority of students that got into Murray State University got an SAT score within the range of 1035 - 1250, or got accepted with an ACT score between 21 - 28. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Murray State University (MSU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.13 - 3.52. 82% of all applicants are granted admission to MSU, from which 21% choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Murray State University (MSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Murray State University was reported as 82.4% in Fall 2020 with over 8,330 college applications submitted to Murray State University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • MSU ACT Scores: 21 - 28
  • MSU Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Murray State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into MSU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Murray State University has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 85.4%
  • 2017-2018: 86.7%
  • 2018-2019: 81.4%
  • 2019-2020: 82.4%
  • Projected MSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 77.5%

How Does Murray State University (MSU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Murray State University is forty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Bethel University90.3%
The University of Tennessee-Martin64.5%
Union University52.7%
Freed-Hardeman University88.5%
Belmont University83.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Murray State University (MSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading530 - 630
Math505 - 620
Total Score1035 - 1250
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 30
Math20 - 27
Composite Score21 - 28
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