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Morehead State University delivers strong and affordable education for friendly, ambitious students who thrive in a student-focused learning environment defined by small class sizes and faculty committed to teaching and student success.  


  • 141 undergraduate degree programs — 10 associate level degrees and 131 baccalaureate degrees 
  • 4 colleges — Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Business and Technology; College of Education; and College of Science 
  • 73 graduate degree programs
  • Education specialist program in five specialty areas
  • Master’s degree for physician assistants, social workers and a cooperative doctoral program, in partnership with the University of Kentucky
  • Doctoral degree in education
  • 1 of 5 institutions in the U.S. with a bachelor’s degree in space science
  • SACS accredited 
  • 1st institution in Kentucky to offer a complete degree program online, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) 
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  • More than half of the faculty hold doctoral degrees.

Morehead State was recognized for the 12th consecutive year as one of the top public universities in the South in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report. MSU was recognized in 2013 by The Daily Beast as a top underrated school.     

Veterans Rankings

  • 2015 U.S.News & World Report - Best Colleges for Veterans #19 in Regional Universities (South)
  • 2015 Military Times Best for Vets - #24 out of all schools nationally
  • Military Times Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015 - #62 nationally
  • 2015 Military Advanced Education “Top College and University”
  • 2015 GI Jobs Magazine/Victory Media “Military Friendly School”

Top undergraduate majors: Social Work, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Nursing, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Accounting, Special Education, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Biology, Psychology, Middle Grades Education, Convergent Media, Veterinary Science, Radiology and Sport Management   

Top graduate programs: MBA, Adult and Higher Education, Counseling P-12, English, Instructional Leadership, Doctoral program in Education, Engineering and Technology Management, Social Sciences, Sociology-Chemical Dependency, Clinical Psychology, Communication, Guidance Counseling, Social Studies MAT, Wellness Promotion, Special Education, Math MAT, Sport Management

Average Freshmen ACT: 22   



Physically, the University is located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County. The more than 700-acre main campus within the city limits of Morehead includes more than 50 major structures with a total replacement value of more than $650 million. Beyond the city, the University’s real estate holdings include the 320-acre Derrickson Agricultural Complex, Eagle Trace, a par-72, 6,902-yard public golf course, and 166-acres of the Browning Orchard. The instructional plant includes 135 classrooms and 150 laboratories. Housing facilities include space for approximately 2,900 students in a variety of living styles, including traditional residence halls, suites and apartments. The University has erected a space tracking system in partnership with NASA. The second component of the Space Science Center opened in 2009 — a $16.6 million instruction and research support facility.   


  • MSU's 2015-16 budget is $157,766,000 (approximately $43.3 million provided by the state and $74.7 million coming from tuition and fees)
  • Grants and contracts from external sources for research, service and academic/student support projects generate more than $17 million each year. 
  • Annual private gifts to the University, through the MSU Foundation Inc., average $3 million annually. 


MSU is designated as a StormReady campus by the National Weather Service, with severe weather plans with personnel prepared to deal with weather emergencies. has ranked MSU among the safest campuses in Kentucky.


  • MSU has awarded nearly 64,000 degrees.
  • 1,170 full-time employees
  • More than 11,000 students 
  • Student body represents 109 Kentucky counties, 42 states and 32 nations
  • The University welcomes more than 50,000 visitors annually.
  • Economic impact on the Morehead area is estimated at more than $90 million yearly. 
  Updated Aug. 2015

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