Forbes has recognized Murray State University (MSU) for the fourth consecutive year on its 2011 America’s Top Colleges list. In addition to landing on the “Top Colleges” listing, Murray State was also designated one of “America’s Top 100 Best College Buys.”

Murray State has appeared among the top colleges, scoring above any other Kentucky public regional university since the ranking list began. The University of Kentucky was the only state public school to be listed above Murray on the 2011 posting.

MSU is the only Kentucky public school included as a “Best Buy,” and has been for the three years Forbes has ranked this particular category. Factoring in quality and sticker price, the researchers found the institutions on the “Best Buy” list to be offering excellent educations at a more affordable price for parents and students.

These two announcements from Forbes are exciting news for the university and something we all take pride in,” said Dr. Randy J. Dunn, MSU president. “As we prepare for a new school year, the Forbes listings are a perfect way to celebrate an ongoing tradition of excellence and affordability at Murray State University. I’m grateful for the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff who continue to make our national distinction a reality each and every day.”

According to, any college showing up on its overall list is among the best in the country. The rankings feature a total of 650 schools — the top 20 percent of all undergraduate public and private institutions in the country.

The elite list is topped by such iconic American schools as Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Yale. The competitive ranking system looks at five general categories: postgraduate success, student satisfaction, student debt load, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards such as prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

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