Increases in first-time freshmen and international students combined to raise Murray State University’s overall enrollment to an estimated 10,832 students, a growth of 2 percent, the university reported Friday.
Together with the last two years of increases, MSU numbers represent 7.5 percent rise in students enrolled since 2009-10. The university is at its highest enrollment ever.
“Obviously, this record enrollment is great news for Murray State and it validates the work we have invested in growing our campuses these past three years,” said Dr. Randy J. Dunn, MSU president. “Excellence through quality is the ‘first among equals’ of our strategic imperatives that attract students and their families to MSU and we are going to keep demonstrating that value in new and powerful ways. We have much to be proud of this year. In addition to the largest freshman class in the history of the institution, we are celebrating both the 90th anniversary of our beloved university, and the completion of the largest capital campaign in our history — which raised over $71 million.”
Murray State’s Fall 2012 enrollment showed a very respectable 6.5 percent growth in freshmen and an 18 percent increase in International students across the board (freshman, transfer and graduate).
“The enrollment growth can be attributed to everyone’s hard work,” said Fred Dietz, executive director of enrollment management at MSU. “I believe our affordability coupled with the quality is the formula more and more families are looking for.”