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What Makes Us Unique

Morehead State University has been recognized again as one of the top 25 public universities in the South in the 2006 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S.News & World Report.

"We are proud to continue to be recognized as one of the best regional public universities by this widely-used college guide," said MSU President Wayne D. Andrews. "Our faculty and staff are dedicated to making Morehead State the best university it can be to serve our students and this ranking reflects their efforts."

The rankings place emphasis on acceptance rates, graduation rates and small class sizes. Morehead State offers 51 percent of classes with less than 20 students, which earned a third place ranking among the top tier public universities on that important factor of student success. Only 4 percent of MSU classes have 50 or more students.

Overall, Morehead State is ranked as one of the top 25 public institutions which grant bachelor's and master's degrees in 12 states of the South, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana.

MSU moved into the magazine's top tier of ranked institutions in 2005. The rankings are based on research on more than 1,400 institutions nationally.

The magazine notes that 89 percent of MSU faculty members are full-time, a number surpassed by only three other listed public institutions.

"Our students consistently are accepted into professional schools, including medical, dental and pharmacy programs, at rates well above state and national averages, so we know our students have the opportunity to receive a quality education. We are pleased to see others recognize Morehead State's strengths," Dr. Andrews stated.

MSU was founded in 1887 as a private college, became a public institution in 1922, and gained university status in 1966.

Famous Alumni

  • Billie Travis - 2005 Kentucky Teacher of the Year
  • Brian Shimer - Olympic Bronze Medalist (bobsled)
  • Chuck Woolery - Game show host and actor
  • Linda Steiner - Producer, Warner Brothers Animation
  • Mike Gottfried - Football analyst with ESPN
  • Phil Simms - Former Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XXI MVP; football analyst with CBS Sports
  • Steve Inskeep - Co-host of Morning Edition, National Public Radio

Fun Facts

MSU's campus architectural plan was developed by the same firm that designed Central Park, in New York, the Olmsted Brothers of Boston.

Traditions / School Myths

The ghost of Phebe Button is rumored to haunt Button Auditorium. She was the mother of MSU's first president, Frank Button. Together they spent their lives bringing "a light to the mountains" by founding a church-sponsored school to train teachers. The institution came under state control in 1922 and achieved university status in 1966.

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