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  • Founded: 1887 as Morehead Normal School
  • Enrollment: Nearly 11,000 students from 110 Kentucky counties, 41 states and 31 nations
  • Type of institution: public, coed
  • Average class size: 19
  • Student-faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • More than half of the faculty hold doctoral degrees.
  • More than 80% of our classes have fewer than 30 students.
  • MSU offers 140 undergraduate degree programs including associate and baccalaureate degrees, 70 graduate degree programs and five education specialist programs (Ed.S.) in five specialty areas, as well as an Ed.D program.
  • Classes offered: on campus, at regional campus centers in Ashland, Mount Sterling, Prestonsburg and several other locations in Eastern Kentucky, such as the University Center of the Mountains, and online.
  • MSU has the state’s best computer-student ratio in its computer laboratories.
  • Residence halls: 13 coed residence halls
  • The campus is ranked among the safest in the nation.
  • Student activities: more than 100 clubs and organizations; 15 percent of the MSU student body participates in Greek life.
  • 64,000 alumni
  • Colors: blue and gold
  • Mascot: eagle (aka Beaker)
  • Athletics: charter member of Ohio Valley Conference in NCAA Division I
  • MSU sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women.
  • Football Eagles compete in the Pioneer Football League.
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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.

Major in YOU

More than 64,000 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 Aug. 2016) 

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