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University Profile

Morehead State University (MSU) is a comprehensive public university with robust undergraduate and graduate programs, emerging doctoral programs, and an emphasis on regional engagement. MSU aspires to be the best public regional university in the South through a commitment to academic excellence, student success, building productive partnerships, improving infrastructure, enhancing resources, and improving enrollment and retention.

MSU is located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, Kentucky. Founded in 1887 as Morehead Normal School, it was a private, church-supported institution known as “a light to the mountains.” In 1926, it became part of the state-supported system and was renamed Morehead State Normal School and Teacher’s College. An increase in enrollment and degree programs resulted in successive renaming as Morehead State College (1948) and its current designation as Morehead State University (1966).

Mission Statement

As a community of lifelong learners, we will:

  • Educate students for success in a global environment;
  • Engage in scholarship;
  • Promote diversity of people and ideas;
  • Foster innovation, collaboration, and creative thinking; and
  • Serve our communities to improve the quality of life.


MSU has an eleven-member Board of Regents that serves by statute as the governing body of the University. The board is dedicated to the promotion of the mission and goals of the University. The board is also responsible for the creation or dissolution of degrees upon approval of the Council on Postsecondary Education.


MSU has 135 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs in four colleges: Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology; College of Education; and College of Science. MSU offers associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates.

MSU Facts

  • Founded: 1887 as Morehead Normal School
  • Enrollment: 10,200 students from 113 Kentucky counties, 45 states and 27 countries
  • Student-faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • Average class size: 19
  • Faculty: 70% of full-time faculty members have a doctorate.
  • Residence Halls: 12 main campus residence halls for MSU students, 2 residence halls on the University Farm, and one residence hall for Craft Academy students.
  • Undergraduate degree programs: 142 (including pre-professional programs)
  • Professional program preparations: 21
  • Graduate degree programs: 69
  • Percentage of undergraduate students receiving financial aid: Nearly 94%
  • Alumni: Over 68,000 undergraduate alumni
  • Colors: Blue and gold
  • Mascot: Eagle (a.k.a. Beaker)
  • MSU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an Institution of Community Engagement.
  • The campus is ranked among the safest in the nation.
  • We offer more than 100 student clubs and organizations.
  • MSU was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best public regional universities in the South for the 16th consecutive year.
  • Eagle Athletics Information
  • Morehead (Residential Campus)
    150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Admissions
    121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Financial Aid
    121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Accounting & Financial Services (Student Billing)
    207 Howell-McDowell, Morehead, KY 40351
  • Registrar
    201 Ginger Hall, Morehead, KY 40351
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