Murray State University

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The Murray State University is a public university in Murray in the U.S. state of Kentucky. End of October 2012 10.823 students were enrolled.


On September 22, 1922, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky chose the small town of Murray as a new university location. John Wesley Carr was elected on November 26, 1922 as the first president. One year after the siting of teaching began on 23 September 1923 under the name Murray State Normal School. Since 1926, the university has the right to confer bachelor's degree. After several name changes in the years 1926, 1930 and 1948, the current name of Murray State University has been selected. Murray State University is the only public school of Kentucky, which is conducted since 1990 in the U.S. News & World Report among the top twenty schools in the "South " region.


Currently, the Murray State University offers 11 associate, 64 bachelor and 42 master courses. The study program includes, among other

  • Humanities and fine arts
  • Health Sciences and Human Services
  • Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • Education
  • Economics and Public Affairs
  • Department of Military Sciences

The business school is the largest in the University with 23% of all undergraduate students. As one of eight universities in Kentucky Murray State University carries a AACSB accreditation for its business courses (other than accounting). The Faculty of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936.

In the spring of 2012, there were 941 undergraduate students in 21 members registered student organizations. The actual participation is higher, since the Office of Greek Life Fraternities supervised only social, but not three more professionally oriented connections.


In the spring of 2012 2.831 students lived in eight colleges on campus. The college system was launched in 1996 following the example of traditional universities such as Oxford or Cambridge. Students share the centrally located dining hall ( Winslow Dining Hall ) and recreational facilities (including the Susan E. Bauernfeind Recreation Center ). The names of the colleges are:

  • Clark College
  • Elizabeth College
  • Hart College
  • Chichester College
  • Regents College
  • Richmond College
  • Springer - Franklin College
  • White College


The sports teams of the Murray State Racers are called. The only exception is the baseball team, which goes by the nickname Thoroughbreds. The university is one of eleven members of the Ohio Valley Conference. Murray State has several nationally known sports people.

The best-known sports team is the basketball team of men that already resulted in 15 appearances in the NCAA tournament. In addition, numerous championships in the Ohio Valley Conference could be won. The basketball team plays its home games at the CFSB Center, which offers space for 8,602 spectators.

Murray State has also formed several nationally successful shooters, including the Olympian Pat Spurgin, who won in the 1984 Summer Olympics gold medal.

The football team Murray State bears since 1973 from its games at Roy Stewart Stadium. The stadium consists of a main grandstand with 16,800 seats, Press and angelegenem parking. It is located on U.S. 641


A campus tradition at the Murray State University is the " Shoe Tree " which ( the " Quad" ) is located on a central green space on campus. Married couples who met while studying, come back to this tree and nail as a sign of their marriage each one shoe to the tree. Often, the name and date are written on the shoes. Due to the large amount of nails of the Shoe Tree is prone to lightning strikes. The current tree is the second Shoe Tree after the first burned down after a lightning strike. To reduce the risk of potentially large-scale fire low, the tree crown of the new tree has been cut off.

Famous Alumni

  • Marcus Brown, basketball player
  • Joe Fulks, Basketball Player
  • Rod Harper, football player
  • Ronald Jones, basketball player and coach
  • Kirk Rueter, Baseball Player
  • Heather Samuel, track and field athlete and Olympian
  • James Singleton, basketball player
  • Pat Spurgin, medal winner at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Rex Geveden, president of Teledyne Brown Engineering