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MSU At-a-Glance

Over 70,000 people call Morehead State their alma mater. Their achievements and our longstanding status as one of the South’s best regional universities put MSU on the map.


MSU offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and certificates in four colleges—Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education, College of Science, and Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology.

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Morehead State students come from across Kentucky and beyond. Our medium sized-university character and emphasis on student success promise personalized attention.

Financial Aid

We’re committed to keeping a Morehead State education affordable. Learn more about Financial Aid.

Faculty & Staff

People power Morehead State University, sustaining economic and community connections throughout our region.

Governance & Accreditation

An 11-member Board of Regents serves by statute as MSU’s governing board, promoting the University’s mission and goals. The board creates and dissolves academic degree programs upon approval by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

MSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


MSU’s board of regents approves the university’s annual operating budget each June. Independent external auditors conduct an annual audit and disclose concerns or recommendations to the board as needed.

MSU funding sources include tuition and fees, state appropriations, sales and services of educational activities, and auxiliary enterprise revenue.

Campus Life

Morehead State’s central campus regularly ranks among the safest in the nation.

Regional Outreach

As part of Kentucky’s public postsecondary education system, Morehead State’s service area covers 22 eastern Kentucky counties, but our outreach extends even further. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes MSU as an Institution of Community Engagement.


Morehead State’s roots extend back to our 1887 founding as Morehead Normal School—” a light to the mountains,” and in 1922 MSU became a public institution.

  • Colors: Blue and gold
  • Mascot: Eagle (a.k.a. Beaker)