About Murray State


100 years and still racing.

Founded in 1922, Murray State is a 4-year public university in western Kentucky. We're nationally-ranked for our academics, athletics, affordability and educational value. We believe every person should have access to a high-quality education. That's why we award over $115 million in scholarships and financial aid each year.

Students pose with large "RACERS" letters

We are Racers.

Racers come from all types of backgrounds, representing not just the region, but the entire world. We take pride in our work and our university, shaping the next generation of leaders in the classroom and out in the field. Engineers, athletes, scientists, government leaders, network administrators, artists, educators and much more all call Murray State home. Once a Racer, always a Racer.



Murray, Kentucky

Murray feels like home. From small-town boutiques and shops to diverse restaurants, public parks, friendly neighbors and more, our namesake has it all. Ready for a night out? Catch a show at the local theatre or playhouse, see one of Murray’s homegrown bands rock the house or cheer on the Racers across more than a dozen men and women’s sports. Feeling adventurous? Visit the city parks and shoot some hoops, take a swim or go hiking. Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is just 20 minutes down the road.

City of MurrayMap & Directions

Murray court square
People waving Murray State flags at Tent City

Blue & Gold

Racer Pride extends throughout the university among our passionate students, faculty and staff. You'll find more than 70,000 alumni throughout the world in nearly 90 different countries, always willing to lend a hand to a fellow Racer. We proudly fly the blue and gold, helping us to stand out from the crowd.

University Bookstore


We are tradition keepers.

Racer band musician at homecoming


This annual campus tradition showcases the creativity of student organizations, celebrates the renowned Racer Band and honors the year’s Grand Marshal.

The shoe tree

The Shoe Tree

Love is in the air! A tradition since the late 1960s, Racer “sole” mates who meet on campus hang their shoes on the Shoe Tree, which is said to bring them a lifetime of good luck.

Woman performs at All Campus Sing

All Campus Sing

For more than 60 years, All Campus Sing showcases the musical and dance talents of student organizations across campus.

Woman performs in Dream Girls at Campus Lights

Campus Lights

Started in 1938, Campus Lights is the longest-running musical in the south that is entirely produced and performed by students.

Racer One runs the track at Stewart Stadium

Racer One

Clear the track! For more than 40 years, Racer One has been helping fans celebrate touchdowns with a victory lap around the field.


Campus and Locations

A place for everyone. The Murray State campus features historic venues, space to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Kentucky sunshine, and options for exploring the arts.

Lovett Auditorium

Located in the heart of the campus, just off Olive Boulevard and 15th Street, historic Lovett Auditorium is one of the four original structures on campus, since 1926.

Learn more about Lovett

The Arboretum

The Arboretum is one of the crown jewels of Murray State and the Murray community. Come take a stroll, go for a run, or walk your leashed dog on our 0.8 mile long track.

Visit the Arboretum

Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery

The Clara Eagle Art Gallery is a dramatic and exciting multi-level exhibition space. An integral part of the Department of Art, it serves as a unique source for experiencing fine art first hand..

Visit the art gallery
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