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MSU at-a-Glance

  • Founded: 1887 as Morehead Normal School
  • Enrollment: More than 9,660 students from 116 Kentucky counties, 47 states and 19 countries
  • Student-faculty ratio: 16 to 1
  • Average class size: 18
  • Faculty: 74% of full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • Residence Halls: 12 main campus residence halls for MSU students, two residence halls on the University Farm, and one residence hall for Craft Academy students.
  • Undergraduate degree programs: 141 degree programs 
  • Graduate degree programs: 70
  • Professional preparations: 23 - Graduates of our professional program preparations are accepted into professional schools, including law and medical schools, at rates that exceed state and national averages.
  • Ranked nationally and regionally for academic programs and student support
  • Percentage of undergraduate students receiving financial aid: 94%
  • Alumni: nearly 70,000
  • Colors: Blue and gold
  • Mascot: Eagle (a.k.a. Beaker)
  • The campus is ranked among the safest in the nation.
  • We offer more than 100 student clubs and organizations.
  • MSU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an Institution of Community Engagement.
  • MSU was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best public regional universities in the South for the 17th consecutive year.
  • Eagle Athletics Information


Major in YOU

Nearly 70,000 people call MSU their alma mater. They have taken their invaluable education, skills and experience from MSU across the U.S. and internationally. Some have gone on to become an NFL Super Bowl MVP or an NBA 1st round draft pick. Others are making an impact as state legislators, broadcasters or teachers of the year. Wherever we go, the goals, achievements and attitudes of Eagle alumni continue to put MSU on the map.

(Updated AUG 2020)

MSU Fight Song

MSU Eagles

MSU Fight Song

Fight, Fight, Fight for Morehead.
Fight on, varsity.
Ever onward marching
To our victory.
We’re gonna Fight, Fight, Fight for Morehead.
Colors gold and blue.
Our hopes on you we’re pinning,
whether losing or winning.
Go, you Eagles and fight, fight, fight.