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MSU at-a-Glance

  • Founded: 1887 as Morehead Normal School
  • Enrollment: More than 9,300 students from 110 Kentucky counties, 46 states and 18 countries
  • Student-faculty ratio: 15 to 1
  • Average class size: 18
  • Faculty: 75% of full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • Residence Halls: 12 main campus residence halls for MSU students, two residence halls on the University Farm, and one residence hall for Craft Academy students.
  • Undergraduate degree programs: 142 degree programs 
  • Graduate degree programs: 68
  • Professional preparations: 23 - Graduates of our professional program preparations are accepted into professional schools, including law and medical schools, at rates that exceed state and national averages.
  • Ranked nationally and regionally for academic programs and student support
  • Percentage of undergraduate students receiving financial aid: 94%
  • Scholarships Awarded: Last year, we awarded nearly $18 million to our students in scholarships and grants through institutional aid and the
    MSU Foundation.
  • Alumni: Nearly 70,000
  • Colors: Blue and gold
  • Mascot: Eagle (a.k.a. Beaker)
  • The campus is ranked among the safest in the nation.
  • We offer more than 120 student clubs and organizations.
  • MSU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an Institution of Community Engagement.
  • MSU has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of top 25 public regional universities in the South for the 6th consecutive year.
  • Eagle Athletics Information


Nearly 70,000 people call MSU their alma mater. They have taken their invaluable education, skills and experience from MSU across the U.S. and internationally. Some have gone on to become an NFL Super Bowl MVP or an NBA 1st round draft pick. Others are making an impact as state legislators, broadcasters or teachers of the year. Wherever we go, the goals, achievements and attitudes of Eagle alumni continue to put MSU on the map.

(Updated SEPT 2021)

MSU Fight Song

MSU Eagles

MSU Fight Song

Fight, Fight, Fight for Morehead.
Fight on, varsity.
Ever onward marching
To our victory.
We’re gonna Fight, Fight, Fight for Morehead.
Colors gold and blue.
Our hopes on you we’re pinning,
whether losing or winning.
Go, you Eagles and fight, fight, fight.