Morehead State University

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Also known as MSU, Morehead State University is a public, co-educational university located in Morehead, Kentucky. There are regional centers in Ashland, Jackson, Prestonsburg, and West Liberty, and other instructional sites in the state. It was founded in 1887 as Morehead Normal School and received university status in 1966. Morehead State University defines its mission as “to offer quality higher education opportunities and training and a collegial environment of open inquiry and educational interaction.”


Morehead State is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate’s, baccalaureate’s, master’s, and specialist degrees. It also has several other discipline-based accreditations such as American Veterinary Medical Association, National Association of Industrial Technology, and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. MSU offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs in a number of fields. Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including art, English, business, education, agricultural sciences, physical sciences, and several pre-professional programs.

The University offers master’s degrees in diverse areas of study such as education, art, English, psychology, sociology, music, industrial technology, and health, physical education and sports sciences, among others. An educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree is also offered. Additionally, the University offers certification and certificate programs in various areas of education. The University does not award any doctoral degrees itself, but it does take part in a cooperative doctoral program with the University of Kentucky, where students can take coursework at Morehead State University.

The academic departments at MSU include Art; Communication & Theatre; English, Foreign Languages & Philosophy; Geography, Government & History; Military Science; Music; and Sociology, Social Work & Criminology. The most numerous degree options are offered in the areas of agricultural science, mathematics, and industrial technology.

Schools and Colleges:

The University is composed of four different academic divisions: the College of Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Science and Technology. Degree programs are also available through the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy.

MSU Online:

Morehead State also offers online degree programs for students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree online. The various online programs include Bachelor of Science Nursing – RN-BSN Program, Bachelor of Science – Leadership in Medical Imaging, Master of Arts in English, Master of Arts in Education – Adult & Higher Education, and Master of Science in Information Systems. It also offers several online certificate programs to the students.

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Students seeking admission to Morehead State must submit their completed application form along with official transcripts. Applicants are also required to send their ACT or SAT scores. Transferring to the institute is fairly easy. Transfer students must send the official transcripts from all the previous institutes.

Financial Aid

Morehead State believes in providing equal educational benefits to all in the form of financial aid programs. The types of financial aid include grants, scholarships, student loans, student employment and others. All applicants must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The grants offered at Morehead State include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), College Access Program Grant (CAP), Academic Competitiveness Grant, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, and TEACH Grant.

Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. They include Stafford Loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal Perkins Loan, and Alternative Loan. The University also offers work-study programs to enable students to meet their educational expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4636th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Morehead State is vibrant and fun. The student organizations include academic and honor groups, fraternities and sororities, religious organizations, political organizations, and recreational sports clubs. The Student Government Association acts like the voice of the students, helping them make the most of their university life. The student organizations include Academic Honors Student Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA), Eagles Exercise Science Club, and Future Managers Society. There is a strong Greek presence in Morehead State University. Students can participate in the various Greek organizations on the campus. The fraternities and sororities include Kappa Delta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Sigma, and Kappa Alpha Psi.

Campus Facilities:

The Morehead State University Library offers electronic catalogs and online databases, in addition to physical volumes stored on site. It also is part of the Kentucky virtual library, which maintains digital archives throughout the state of Kentucky. In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, Morehead State University has a folk art center, a greenhouse, a swim center, and an auditorium. The University also maintains a radio telescope for astronomical research.

Eighteen different residence halls are available to MSU students at various points of their academic career. Undergraduates have a number of options, including Alumni Hall, or various other gender-specific or co-ed dormitories. The residence halls are all equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students. They include Alumni Tower, Butler Hall, Cartmell Hall, Cooper Hall, Eagle Lake Apartments, East Mignon Hall, Fields Hall, Gilley Apartments, and West Mignon Hall.

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Morehead State University’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams that participate in diverse sports. The University is a charter member of the Ohio Valley Conference in NCAA Division I and sponsors over 15 intercollegiate sports for men and women. The sports teams are nicknamed as the Eagles. The colors are Blue and Gold.


  • Chuck Woolery, notable American game show host
  • Walt Terrell, eminent former MLB pitcher
  • Liz Johnson, eminent American professional bowler
  • Marsha Griffith, former Miss Kentucky

Additional School Information

Morehead, Kentucky is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest. There are many outdoor recreational areas nearby. Morehead is synonymous with Cave Run Lake, which is the center of much of the area’s recreation and entertainment. Fishing, boating, and swimming are favorite pastimes for the local community. Camping, golfing, and horseback riding facilities are also available. For the more “extreme” adventurer, there are the White Sulfur ATV Trails.


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Ranks 12th in Kentucky and 868th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Kentucky and 218th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 4 0.04
Burglary 9 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 13 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.03
Robbery 2 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 34 0.49
Larceny 156 2.26
Vehicle theft 3 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Morehead, KY 40351
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population20,189 (5,270 urban / 14,919 rural)
Households7,096 (2.40 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,691
Families4,695 (2.92 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2105

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1316th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,498 $7,498 $18,746
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $320 $320 $800
FT Graduate Tuition $9,630 $9,630 $9,630
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $535 $535 $535
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,851 $18,851 $30,099
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,452 $19,452 $30,700
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,249 $12,249 $23,497

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,942 $7,284 $6,942 $7,284 $17,370 $18,216
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,014 $7,280
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,436 $2,541
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,994 $7,084
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,752 $2,879
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,352 $3,519

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,230 (2,069 male / 3,161 female)
Admitted 4,419 (1,679 male / 2,740 female)
Admission rate 84%
First-time Enrollment 1,649 (679 male / 970 female)
FT Enrollment 1,625 (672 male / 953 female)
PT Enrollment 24 (7 male / 17 female)
Total Enrollment11,358

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pioneer Football League
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

613th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 98%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

797th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 5%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 545
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 455 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 875 / 1115

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,253
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2261st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,200 ($63,792 male / $52,229 female)
Number of FT Faculty 371 (194 male / 177 female)
Number of PT Faculty 484
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $9,297,830

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