The history of Murray State University can be traced to the passage of Senate Bill 14 by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which created two normal schools to address the growing demand for professional teachers. One would be in the western part of the state, which caused many cities and towns to bid for the new normal school.
Murray State University offers 11 associate, 64 bachelor, and 42 master and specialist programs, which are administered through four academic colleges, two schools, 30 departments, and one joint program shared by the college of business and the college of science, engineering and technology. The college of business is the largest at Murray State, enrolling 23 percent of the undergraduate students.
Given its extensive global network system, the Muray State University is able to provide its students with both great education and promising career perspectives.
As of Fall 2012, Murray State had 2,831 students living on campus. Murray State was the first public university in the United States to adopt a successful campus-wide residential college program. The residential college structure, which took form on the campus in 1996, is based on similar, but much more established programs at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom as well as Yale University, Harvard College and Princeton University in the United States.
The main campus of the University provides a brilliantly equipped library where all the students can thoroughly study the subject they are interested in.
Murray State University is shared among three main campus sites, namely The Quad, Central Campus and West Campus. Encompassing 258.43 acres, the students are able to enjoy a high variety of facilities in logically displayed setting.
The University provides the adequade infrastructure for different sports such as: basketball, baseball or american football.
The Student Government Association has been designed in order to promote welfare, growth and development of student life in an environment of academic excellence.
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