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Morehead State University is a public, co-educational university located in Morehead, Kentuckymarker in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forestmarker in Rowan Countymarker, midway between Lexington, Kentuckymarker, and Huntington, West Virginiamarker. The 2005 and 2006 editions of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report named MSU one of the top 25 public universities in the South. MSU has also become one of only four universities in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in space science.The school newspaper is The Trail Blazer.

The school was founded in 1887 as Morehead Normal School, a church-supported teacher-training school. It was taken over by the state in 1922. The school's name changed as its mission broadened—to Morehead State Normal School and Teachers College in 1926, Morehead State Teachers College in 1930, Morehead State College in 1948 and Morehead State University in 1968.


Little Tower on the Campus of Morehead State.
The words around the tower read "Love," "Wisdom," "Justice," and "Service."

Nearly 50,000 persons have received degrees from MSU. Nearly 80 degree programs are available on the two-year, four-year and graduate levels through four colleges (Caudill College of Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Science and Technology). Recently the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy (IRAPP) also joined as one of the MSU degree options. Two-thirds of the faculty hold doctoral degrees. MSU supports its missions of teaching, applied research and public service through an annual budget of more than $92 million. MSU has claimed the state's best computer-student ratio in its computer laboratories, as well as offering students a program to lease university owned laptops while enrolled. The campus is ranked among the safest in the nation.

Caudill College of Humanities

  • Art
  • Communication and Theatre
  • English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy
  • Geography, Government, and History
  • Military Science
  • Music
  • Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology

College of Business

  • Accounting, Economics, and Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management, Marketing, and Real Estate

College of Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Health, Physical Education, and Sport Sciences
  • Professional Programs in Education

College of Science and Technology

  • Agricultural and Human Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Imaging Sciences
  • Industrial and Engineering Techonology
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Nursing
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Space Science & Astrophysics


Morehead State Eagles logo
MSU is a charter member of the Ohio Valley Conference in NCAA Division I and sponsors 18 intercollegiate sports for men and women. The football Eagles compete in the Pioneer Football League of the Football Championship Subdivision. The basketball Eagles won the 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, sending them to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1984. The coed cheerleading squad has won 19 national championships and the all-girl squad has six national titles. The baseball team has won 7 Ohio Valley Conference Titles and the women's volleyball team has won the conference 5 times.

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