Murray State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,656
4.93% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$11,562
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
8.6%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
86.7%
6,900 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
10,012
71.1% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
49%
735 Graduates

About

Murray State University is a higher education institution located in Calloway County, KY. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Murray State University were General Studies (114 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (114 degrees), and Other Agriculture, Operations, & Related Sciences (102 degrees).

In 2017, 2,384 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Murray State University. 58.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,828 degrees), 11.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (164 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Murray State University is $7,656, which is $-13,077 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Murray State University is $7,656, which is $-13,077 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,562.

In 2017, 81% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 47% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,656
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Murray State University was $7,656. The cost of tuition at Murray State University is $-13,077 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$11,562
2017 Value
9.81%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 Murray State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,562. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Murray State University grew by 9.81%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,588
Room and Board
$1,237
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Murray State University was of $8,588 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,237. The cost of room and board increased by 4.66% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 8.03% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

81%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
47%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

81% of undergraduate students at Murray State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 6.9% with respect to 2016, when 87% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
8.6%
2016 Default Rate
198
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Murray State University was 8.6%, which represents 198 out of the 2303 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Murray State University received 6,900 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.5% annual growth. Out of those 6,900 applicants, 5,980 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86.7% acceptance rate.

There were 10,012 students enrolled at Murray State University in 2017, and 8% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Murray State University has an overall enrollment yield of 24.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
5,980
Accepted Out of 6,900

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Murray State University was 86.7% (5,980 admissions from 6,900 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 85.4%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 6.5%, while admissions grew by 8.14%.

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SAT Scores

8%
Submission Percentage
109
Scores Submitted

8% of enrolled first-time students at Murray State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Murray State University has a total enrollment of 10,012 students. The full-time enrollment at Murray State University is 7,118 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,894. This means that 71.1% of students enrolled at Murray State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Murray State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 81.2% White, 5.86% Black or African American, 2.51% Two or More Races, 1.73% Hispanic or Latino, 0.969% Asian, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0499% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Murray State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (48.7%), followed by White Male (33.3%) and Black or African American Female (3.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (40.8%), followed by White Male (23.6%) and Black or African American Female (3.93%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

71.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Murray State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,012 students. The full-time enrollment at Murray State University is 7,118 and the part-time enrollment is 2,894. This means that 71.1% of students enrolled at Murray State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2017 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 (75%), Murray State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,134
  2. Black or African American
    587
  3. Two or More Races
    251

The enrolled student population at Murray State University is 81.2% White, 5.86% Black or African American, 2.51% Two or More Races, 1.73% Hispanic or Latino, 0.969% Asian, 0.23% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0499% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 275 students (2.75%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 410 more women than men received degrees from Murray State University. The majority of degree recipients at Murray State University are white (1,828 degrees awarded). There were 11.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (164 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Murray State University is General Studies (114 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (114 degrees) and Other Agriculture, Operations, & Related Sciences (102 degrees).

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 Agriculture (122 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (273 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (190 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,907,443 people), Secondary school teachers (304,866 people), Education administrators (273,971 people), Other managers (226,761 people), and Social workers, all other (192,708 people).

The most specialized majors at Murray State University are Agriculture (122 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (273 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (190 degrees), Communications (144 degrees), and Education (327 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Murray State University are Physicians, Dentists, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Marketing managers

The most specialized majors at Murray State University are Agriculture (122 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (273 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (190 degrees), Communications (144 degrees), and Education (327 degrees).

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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 (2,823,101 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (342,478 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (202,918 people), Computer Systems Design (155,645 people), and Individual & family services (144,264 people).

The most specialized majors at Murray State University are Agriculture (122 degrees awarded), Engineering Technologies (273 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (190 degrees), Communications (144 degrees), and Education (327 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 114 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 114 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 102 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Murray State University was General Studies with 114 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 987
  2. 1,397

In 2017, 987 degrees were awarded to men at Murray State University, which is 0.707 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,397).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 108 degrees were awarded to men at Murray State University in Occupational Safety & Health Technology, which is 4 times more than the 27 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 103 degrees were awarded to women at Murray State University in Registered Nursing, which is 9.36 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

24%
100% Completion Time
48%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 24% of students graduating from Murray State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 48% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 51% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (55.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Murray State University is Female and White (55.6% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.09% of graduates (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,828 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    164 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    37 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Murray State University is white (1,828 degrees awarded). There were 11.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (164 degrees).

1.55% of degree recipients (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,144 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    684 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    105 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Murray State University is white female (1,144 degrees awarded). There were 1.67 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (684 degrees).

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Operations

Murray State University has an endowment valued at nearly $78.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.29M (4.21%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Murray State University had a total salary expenditure of $204M. Murray State University employs 150 Assistant professors, 111 Lecturers, and 106 Associate professors. Most academics at Murray State University are Female Assistant professors (78), Male Assistant professors(72), and Male Associate professors (66).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Murray State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 191 employees, Service, with 179 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 86 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$78.1M
2017 Endowment
19.3%
growth from 2016

Murray State University has an endowment valued at about $78.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Murray State University grew 19.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $45M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.99M - Federal
  2. $1.4M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Murray State University received $4.99M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.4M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$78.5M
2017 Salaries
2.76%
decline from 2016

In 2017, Murray State University paid a median of $78.5M in salaries, which represents 38.5% of their overall expenditure ($204M) and a 2.76% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.591% growth from 2015 and a 0.682% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$29.8M
Instructional Salaries
457
Number of Employees

In 2017, Murray State University paid a total of $29.8M to 457 employees working as instructors, which represents 38% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
150 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
191 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Murray State University were Assistant professor with 150 employees; Lecturer with 111 employees; and Lecturer with 106 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Murray State University were Office and Administrative Support with 191 employees; Service with 179 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 86 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Murray State University was Female Assistant professor with 78 employees, Male Assistant professor with 72 employees, and Male Associate professor with 66 employees.

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

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