Campus News — 19 August 2013

MSU ranked six consecutive years on list

Murray State University (MSU) is once again recognized by Forbes on its “America’s Top Colleges” list. The university has appeared in the Forbes rankings for six consecutive years.

The rankings look at public and private colleges and universities across the country, and consider teaching quality, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low student debt as measurements for a school’s success.

In evaluating the 650 ranked institutions on the list, Forbes focused on the rapidly changing landscape in higher education as the theme of this year’s ratings. Forbes partnered once again with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in the research component.

According to, what separates their rankings from those of their peers is their belief in output over input. “We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank and SAT scores,” the website explains. “Our sights are set directly on ROI [return on investment]: What are students getting out of college.”

Those factors translate into schools that offer interesting classes, low debt load, a structure for graduating in four years and success in finding a good job. With tuition and student debt rising in a stagnant economy, these are the issues that face students and parents when considering which school to attend.

These are areas that Murray State does particularly well in, as evidenced in its improved ranking on the Forbes list in both 2012 and 2013.

“We are very pleased that Murray State has improved over last year in the overall rankings compiled in Forbes America’s Top Colleges,” said Dr. Tim Miller, interim president at MSU. “These rankings challenge us to continually seek substantial improvement in our total educational process. Our entire university community always plans for and expects the very best in all that we do.”


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