MURRAY – Murray State University has implemented new test-optional guidelines for undergraduate admission to the institution, inclusive of new students who apply for admission to be part of this fall’s freshman class, as well as prospective students who apply for admission for fall 2021.

This admission requirement change also includes new transfer students who apply to the university with fewer than 24 college credit hours earned.

Students are encouraged to continue to submit test scores if available, as these will be used in the advising process and for certain scholarships.

“This change to our admission policy further emphasizes the importance in assessing the holistic accomplishments and performance by students throughout their high school career,” Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson said. “No longer requiring standardized test scores for prospective undergraduate students for admissions will better serve future Racers and their families as they consider the high-quality, total college experience that Murray State offers.

“Additionally, we continue to see many high school seniors who are applying for admission to Murray State as part of this fall’s freshman class. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this measure will also reduce anxiety for these individuals who cannot complete standardized tests in the weeks to come.”

The university will maintain its undergraduate admission requirements of a 2.0 high school grade-point-average or higher, provided the student has achieved an 18 or higher ACT composite score. Students with a 3.0 or higher high school grade-point-average are admitted without ACT or SAT test scores. Students who do not meet these benchmarks may have other admission options, and are encouraged to call 270-809-3350 or email

Prospective students can continue to remain in touch with the university in many ways throughout the pandemic. Virtual campus visits are available by calling 270-809-2896 or emailing Individuals and their families can meet one-on-one with a Murray State staff member virtually through Zoom or by phone. The university continues to offer multiple virtual events and resources through Facebook and other online resources. Individuals are encouraged to follow the university through various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedln.

Students interested in attending Murray State can learn more, schedule a virtual campus visit and apply for fall 2020 admission at

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