2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$11,237

Net Price

85%

Admitted

18%

Enrolled

56%

Graduation Rate

16/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

Murray State University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 9,414. In 2021, there were 105 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #8 in Kentucky and ranks #584 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master

Psychology Graduates

105

Total Enrollment

9,414

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Ranking for Murray State University

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#8

Kentucky Rank

Combining ranking factors for 25 schools that offer psychology degrees in Kentucky, Murray State University ranks #8.

#584

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., Murray State University ranks #584.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, Murray State University offers Research Psychology and Social Work at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Experimental Psychology and Research Psychology.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMA
Clinical Psychology7
Counseling and Applied Psychology7
Experimental Psychology2
Research Psychology342
Social Work53
Total Graduates8718
US Department of Education

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 9,144 students applied to the Murray State University. The university admitted 85% and 18% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Kentucky universities is 4,733. On average, all Kentucky institutions admit 77% and 26% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of Murray State University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 75%. Compared to all Kentucky four or more years colleges, the percentage is 70%.

The overall graduation rate for Murray State University is 56%, compared to 53% for all Kentucky universities.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare MSU to Kentucky Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of Murray State University to the average of all Kentucky four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

MSU

9,144

Applicants

85%

Percent Admitted

18%

Percent Enrolled

75%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

56%

Graduation Rate

KY Colleges

4,733

Applicants

77%

Percent Admitted

26%

Percent Enrolled

70%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

53%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 447 or 80% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 113 or 20% part-time faculty members employed at Murray State University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 445 or 79%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

MSU

16 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

80%

Percent Full-Time

20%

Percent Part-Time

79%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

KY Colleges

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

59%

Percent Full-Time

41%

Percent Part-Time

57%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at Murray State University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $8,040, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,260.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $8,982 and the average cost for graduate fees is $900.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend Murray State University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for Murray State University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$9,868
On-Campus Living Expenses$4,330
Total Living Expenses$14,198
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$8,040
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,260
Total Undergraduate Expenses$23,498
In-State, Graduate Tuition$8,982
In-State, Graduate Fees$900
Total Graduate Expenses$9,882
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend Murray State University is $11,237. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend Murray State University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$9,339$8,986
$30,001 – $48,000$9,520$7,928
$48,001 – $75,000$11,244$11,625
$75,001 – $110,000$14,681$14,603
$110,001 and more$15,509$14,896
US Department of Education

Compare Murray State University to all Kentucky universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

MSU

$23,498

Cost to Attend

$9,822

Average Financial Aid

100%

Percent Receiving Aid

$11,237

Net Price

KY Colleges

$38,297

Cost to Attend

$18,595

Average Financial Aid

99%

Percent Receiving Aid

$17,031

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 1,462 or 100%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 7,273 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $9,822.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid7,273$9,822
Pell Grants2,467$4,932
Federal Student Loans3,129$7,739
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the Murray State University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

MSU

7,273

Grant or Scholarship Aid

57%

Grants or Scholarships

2,467

Number of Pell Grants

19%

Pell Grants

3,129

Federal Student Loans

24%

Federal Student Loans

KY Colleges

4,180

Grant or Scholarship Aid

54%

Grants or Scholarships

1,550

Number of Pell Grants

20%

Pell Grants

2,014

Federal Student Loans

26%

Federal Student Loans

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