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Morehead State named Affordable College of Distinction

Morehead State has received a new accolade recognizing its affordable programming in relation to its peers. The award comes from Colleges of Distinction, a resource whose cohort of schools is selected based on the quality and breadth of hands-on experiences in lieu of the popular rankings model.

"Morehead State University has become well-known for academic excellence while providing a student-friendly, family-oriented experience on a safe campus," said Dr. Jay Morgan, MSU president. "When you can also offer that experience at an affordable cost, you really have one of the best values in higher education. We certainly appreciate receiving this distinction."

affordable colleges badgeSchools are selected by Colleges of Distinction based on the quality and breadth of hands-on experiences instead of the popular rankings model. Colleges of Distinction’s methodology is informed by institutional data published by the U.S. Department of Education. Those on the list showed low net prices directly proportional to student household income.

Beyond net price, MSU was further recognized for its low median debt as well as its graduates' mean earnings data on the Department of Education's College Scorecard tool. Colleges of Distinction also considered the graduates' median debt and mean earnings data.

Fewer than 150 institutions have been selected as Affordable Colleges of Distinction. Last year, MSU was named a 2022-2023 College of Distinction, Kentucky College of Distinction, and Public College of Distinction.

The Colleges of Distinction selection process comprises a sequence of in-depth research and detailed interviews with schools, accepting only those that adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. For more information, visit

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