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Morehead State University soars as a Top 20 Public University Again  

Morehead State University has now spent two decades as one of the top public universities in the South according to U.S. News & World Report, including the past few years as a Top 20 public regional school.   

For 2024, MSU once again made the rankings of U.S. News & World Report as one of the Top 20 public regional universities in the South. This is the 8th consecutive year MSU has made the Top 25 (highest rank was #15 in 2023) and marks Morehead State's 20th consecutive year as a top-ranked institution.   

MSU's overall ranking comes from a consistent commitment to academic excellence, a welcoming campus atmosphere, beneficial learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, and student support.   

“We are committed as a campus to excellence, and we are demonstrating that excellence in our rankings and through other ways,” said MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan. “We continue to look for ways to improve for our students.” 

The rankings emphasize outcomes such as graduation and retention rates, faculty quality, student demographics, and other university performance metrics. 

Morehead State is an environment where first-generation college students can thrive from their first day on campus until graduation. Class size and personal attention remain strengths for MSU, with a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 16 allowing for more significant one-on-one time with the University's experienced and dedicated faculty and staff. MSU provides numerous opportunities in internships, study abroad, service learning, undergraduate research, Greek Life, athletics, band, the performing arts, and other opportunities for students to excel in. 

The rankings include public institutions that grant bachelor's and master's degrees in 12 states of the South, and they will appear in the magazine's "Best Colleges 2024" guidebook in early October.   

For more information on how to apply to Morehead State University, call 606-783-2000 or visit  

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