MURRAY, Ky. — Enrollment in several key categories reflect increases and continued positive momentum at Murray State University for the 2019-20 academic year.

Based on recent University data, this year’s entering freshman class of 1,420 students indicates a significant increase of 7.7 percent, as of August 27, 2019, from the fall 2018 freshman class. By comparison, the fall 2018 freshmen class was down nearly 9 percent from the previous year. 

Murray State freshmen hail from 25 states and 15 countries. Sixty-three percent are from Kentucky and come from a total of 75 counties in the state. 

The number of new graduate students and new transfer students also reflect major increases from the previous fall of 11.2 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, as of August 27, 2019.

The official 2019-20 final enrollment report will not be complete until October 2019.

“We are extremely pleased by these 2019-20 enrollment numbers in several key categories,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “More and more students are finding that Murray State University is an exciting place to be for high-quality academics, a vibrant campus life and is recognized as one of the best college values in America. For nearly 100 years, we have provided nationally-recognized academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare individuals for a successful career.”

“These enrollment numbers reflect a great deal of positive momentum at Murray State,” added Murray State Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Don Robertson. “Through a focused, strategic and collaborative effort, we are seeing growth in many key enrollment areas as more students are choosing Murray State.”

Enrollment in several key categories reflect increases and a continued positive momentum at Murray State University for the 2019-20 academic year.

Murray State continues to reinforce the ‘best value’ promise that has been recognized by national publications such as Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly, providing high-quality, high-value and high-impact academic programs.

Based on recent University reports, a total of $117 million is awarded annually in financial aid and scholarships to Murray State students. Murray State provides many academic achievement scholarships as well as need-based scholarships and grants. The 2020-21 scholarship application will open Sept. 1.

The University’s continued positive momentum follows several recent exciting announcements and initiatives. Enhancements to campus include the addition of nationally-recognized dining chains such as Einstein Bros. Bagels, which opened earlier this month inside Waterfield Library. Chick-fil-A will open this fall inside the Curris Center as plans move forward with the introduction of Steak ‘n Shake and Starbucks.

“Murray State continues to add new and innovative academic programs for students, including the recently-announced Center for Computer and Information Technology along with specializations in areas including game development, civil and sustainability engineering and unmanned aerial systems,” said Dr. Tim Todd, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Through more than 140 academic programs in business, agriculture, education, music, arts and humanities, nursing and health professions, science, engineering and technology areas, among others, and roughly 250 career-centered events held annually on campus, students are positioned well to succeed professionally following graduation.”

The University continues to experience an increase in student retention and progression towards graduation, as last fall’s retention rate for first-time, full-time students seeking a bachelor’s degree (students who began in fall 2017 and returned the following fall) was 79 percent, the highest among regional public institutions in the state of Kentucky.

Within the past year, Murray State was named first in the nation for campus safety initiatives by Safe Campus, and began a partnership with Primary Care Medical Center of Murray to provide on-campus health services to students with on-site physicians, nurses and staff, with after-hours access as well.

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