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Morehead State University soaring to new heights

While 2020 presented unprecedented challenges, Morehead State University soared to new heights by almost every measure in spite of those circumstances. MSU continued to rise in national rankings, made significant improvements in student retention, and increased alumni giving and support to the University.
MSU was named one of the top public regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report for the 17th consecutive year and moved up 17th in the rankings. This is MSU’s highest ranking.  

MSU’s programs in nursing, adult and higher education, graphic design/art, wellness promotion, sociology, accounting, space systems engineering/astrophysics, and Doctorate in Education all received state and/or national recognition for quality and affordability.

MSU raised first to second-year retention rates to nearly 76%.

Alumni and friends gave to MSU at an all-time high percentage and helped fund student support and scholarships during the pandemic.
MSU aspires to be the best public university in the South. With these accomplishments and many more, it will continue to soar toward that goal in the year ahead.
For more information about MSU’s strategic plan, visit If you would like information about MSU’s position in other national rankings, visit