Murray State University recognized as one of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ by Forbes for 12 consecutive years

Forbes magazine has recognized Murray State University on their America’s Best Colleges list for 2019. This marks the 12th consecutive year the University has been included on the prestigious list since its inception.

MURRAY, Ky. — Forbes Magazine has recognized Murray State University on its “America’s Best Colleges” list for 2019. This marks the 12th consecutive year the University has been included on the prestigious list since its inception.

The rankings are based on several categories, including on-time graduation rate, academic success, student satisfaction, alumni salary and student loan debt.

Murray State, located in western Kentucky, offers 143 academic programs within six diverse colleges for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to achieve their personal and professional aspirations. Students come from 46 countries and 45 states.

Based on recent University reports, 69% of Murray State graduates are employed within three months, and 23% of graduates continued their education within three months of graduation.

With personalized class sizes and nearly 180 student organizations on campus, Murray State students find countless opportunities for a high-impact, high-quality and best-value education.

“Forbes’ recognition of Murray State University, now for the 12th consecutive year, indicates that students can immerse themselves in an opportunity-rich living and learning community that is both engaging and empowering, and upon graduation, can pursue excellence in their chosen career path,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “We’re particularly proud of how this methodology affirms the high-value, high-quality educational experience that our institution has provided for nearly 100 years.”

Registration for the fall 2019 semester at Murray State remains open for prospective students. Students interested in learning more about joining the next class of Racers are encouraged to visit and to take a closer look at Murray State’s numerous degree offerings at

Murray State offers on-campus courses at its main Murray location as well as five regional campuses and educational presences in Paducah, Henderson, Madisonville, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell. The University also offers many degrees and classes entirely online, providing a flexible higher education experience to accommodate any schedule.

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