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Murray State University at highest enrollment ever

Murray State University experiences a six percent increase over the past two years

Preliminary figures for Fall 2011 show MSU up overall, and in new freshmen, transfers and international

MURRAY, Ky. — Increases in first-time freshmen and transfer students combined to raise Murray State University’s overall enrollment to an estimated 10,617 students. Together with last year’s increase, Murray’s larger numbers represent a six percent rise in students enrolled over the past two years. 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, Murray State president. “I have every confidence that if this trajectory continues, we will reach 11,000 students by next fall. 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.”

Murray State’s Fall 2011 enrollment showed a very respectable 8.5 percent growth in freshmen and a 10 percent increase in transfer students. Overall international student enrollment jumped 15 percent on campus, an indication of the university’s commitment to building on its already-strong international reputation. 

“The enrollment growth can be attributed to everyone’s hard work,” said Fred Dietz, executive director of enrollment management at MSU. “Our ability to offer high quality programs at an affordable price is being noticed by more and more students.” 

Final enrollment numbers were reported to the Council on Postsecondary Education Nov. 1.

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