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Morehead State University ranks among the South’s best regional public universities for its commitment to student success, scholarship, and service.

Community of Lifelong Learners

MSU offers establishes undergraduate and master’s programs, emerging doctoral programs, and an emphasis on regional engagement. We aspire to be the South’s best public regional university by prioritizing student success and outcomes; academic excellence; and rankings, reputation, and regional responsiveness.

Founded in 1887 as Morehead Normal School, MSU sits in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, Kentucky. “A light to the mountains,” it joined Kentucky’s state-supported higher education system in 1922, was renamed Morehead State College in 1948, and became Morehead State University in 1966.

Our mission promises to:

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