Morehead State University

Morehead State University

Morehead State University
Motto Lux
Motto in English
Established 1887
Type Public
Endowment $22.5M
President Wayne D. Andrews[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 10,839 (Fall 2015)[3]
Location Morehead, Kentucky, U.S.
Campus Rural 700 acres (2 km²)
Colors Blue and Gold
Athletics Eagles
Mascot Beaker
Affiliations Ohio Valley Conference, Pioneer Football League
Website .edu.moreheadstatewww

Morehead State University (MSU) is a public, co-educational university located in Morehead, Kentucky, United States, in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, midway between Lexington, Kentucky, and Huntington, West Virginia. 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 1966. The 2016 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report named MSU one of the top 25 public universities in the South, the 12th consecutive year it has been so recognized.[4] MSU was recognized in 2013 by The Daily Beast as a top underrated school.[5] In 2013, G.I. Jobs magazine ranked Morehead State in the top 20 percent of veteran-friendly colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation, for the fifth straight year. The campus is ranked among the safest in the nation.[6]


  • Academics 1
    • Colleges 1.1
      • Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 1.1.1
        • College of Business & Technology
        • College of Education
        • College of Science
  • Campus 2
  • Arts 3
  • Morehead State University Historic District 4
  • Morehead State Public Radio 5
  • Athletics 6
  • Greek life 7
    • Sororities 7.1
    • Fraternities 7.2
  • Residence halls 8
  • Notable alumni 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Morehead State University welcome sign
Fields Hall, Camden-Carroll Library, and Little Bell Tower
Campus view from West Mignon Hall
Howell-McDowell Administration Building
Little Bell Tower
Eagle Lake

Morehead State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[7] 222 degree programs are available on the two-year, four-year and graduate levels through four colleges (Caudill College of Humanities, College of Business and Public Affairs, College of Education, and College of Science and Technology). Two-thirds of the faculty hold doctoral degrees. The average class size is 18. The student body represents 108 Kentucky counties, 44 states and 29 foreign countries. MSU supports its missions of teaching, applied research and public service through an annual budget of more than $153.2 million.[8] Annual private gifts to the University average $3 million annually. It was the first institution in Kentucky to offer a complete degree program online, the Master of Business Administration (MBA). MSU is 1 of 5 institutions in the U.S. with a bachelor's degree in space science. The University has erected a space tracking system in partnership with NASA. The second component of the Space Science Center opened in 2009 — a $16.6 million instruction and research support facility. MSU claims 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.[9] 64,000 persons have received degrees from MSU.


Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Art and Design
  • Music, Theatre and Dance
  • Communication, Media and Languages
  • History, Philosophy, International Studies and Legal Studies
  • English
  • Sociology, Social Work and Criminology
  • Military Science
College of Business & Technology
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Engineering and Technology Management
  • Management and Marketing
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Public Management and Government
College of Education
  • Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education
  • Middle Grades and Secondary Education
  • Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education
  • Child Development Associate
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
College of Science
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biology and Chemistry
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Psychology
  • Kinesiology, Health and Imaging Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant


Morehead State University is located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County. The more than 700-acre main campus within the city limits of Morehead includes more than 50 major structures with a total replacement value of more than $650 million. Beyond the city, the University's real estate holdings include the 320-acre Derrickson Agricultural Complex, Eagle Trace, a par-72, 6,902-yard public golf course, and 166-acres of the Browning Orchard. The instructional plant includes 135 classrooms and 150 laboratories. Housing facilities include space for approximately 2,900 students in a variety of living styles, including traditional residence halls, suites and apartments. The University has erected a space tracking system in partnership with NASA. The second component of the Space Science Center opened in 2009 — a $16.6 million instruction and research support facility.[6]


The Morehead State University Arts and Humanities Council, established in 2003, encourages dialogue and partnerships in the arts. Part of a larger initiative within the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Council works to develop cultural opportunities both on and off campus. Morehead, long known for its patronage of the arts in Kentucky with such organizations as the Kentucky Folk Art Center and the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, was the childhood home of philanthropist Lucille Caudill Little. Named after Lucille Little, MSU's Little Company is a touring troupe of students in the Theatre Department that performs plays and conducts workshops for up to 100 schools in the area each year.

Morehead State University Historic District

Morehead State University
Morehead State University is located in Kentucky
Location Bounded by University Blvd., Battson Ave. and Ward Oates Dr., Morehead, Kentucky
Area 12 acres (4.9 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other, Collegiate Gothic
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 94001381[10]
Added to NRHP November 25, 1994

A portion of the campus was named as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The contributing properties include the following buildings: the President's Home, Senff Natatorium (demolished in 2008),[11] Button Auditorium, Fields Hall, Camden-Carroll Library, Allie Young Hall, Rader Hall, Grote-Thompson Hall, and the Breckenridge Training School.

Morehead State Public Radio

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) is governed by the Board of Regents at Morehead State University. MSPR is operated by its flagship station WMKY at 90.3 FM in Morehead. WMKY in Morehead is licensed for 50,000 watts and serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The WMKY studios are located in Breckinridge Hall on the campus of Morehead State University. Since 1965, WMKY has served the communities of eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and western West Virginia. MSPR's mission to the region is to provide programming that is educational, informative and entertaining. Through the work provided by a staff consisting of full-time directors, student interns, work studies and community volunteers, MSPR offers regional news, public affairs and documentary programming, as well as a variety of regional music programs consisting of classical, jazz and Americana. MSPR produces regular daily newscasts and in-depth features on people, places and events in the region.[12]


Morehead State Eagles logo
Jayne Stadium
Jayne Stadium Visitors Section
Ellis T. Johnson Arena

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 as the only public university 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. At the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, 13th-seeded Morehead State upset Louisville 62-61. It was the second NCAA Tournament win for Morehead State in a three-year span. The Eagles also beat Alabama State in the 2009 Opening Round game. The Eagles then faced 12th-seeded Richmond in the third round, which was only the ninth time in tournament history that a 12–13 match-up occurred in the round of 32. The coed cheerleading squad has won 23 national championships and the all-girl squad has won 10 national titles.[13] The baseball team has won 7 Ohio Valley Conference Titles and the women's volleyball team has won the conference title 5 times.

Greek life



Residence halls

  • Alumni Tower
  • Butler Hall
  • Cartmell Hall
  • Cooper Hall
  • Eagle Lake Apartments
  • East Mignon Hall
  • Fields Hall
  • Mays Hall Apartments
  • Mignon Hall
  • Mignon Tower
  • Normal Hall Apartments
  • Nunn Hall
  • Grote-Thompson Hall
  • West Mignon Hall[23]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Morehead State University – President's Biography, retrieved December 26, 2014 
  2. ^ a b "2013–2014 Profile". Office of Institutional Research & Analysis. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "BOR holds quarterly meeting". Morehead State University. September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ "MSU Top Ranked College For 12th Straight Year". WMKY. September 9, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Daily Beast Readers Offer More Overlooked Colleges & Programs". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Morehead State University :: About MSU". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Morehead State University :: University Assessment and Testing :: Accreditation". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Board of Regents Meeting" (PDF). Morehead State University. June 5, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Morehead State University :: About MSU". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  11. ^ "Senff building demolished". The Morehead News. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "About Us". Morehead State Public Radio. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "All-Girl Cheer Wins Second Straight National Title". Morehead State Athletics. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ Epsilon Theta Chapter, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on October 10, 2008, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  15. ^ Welcome to our DZ website, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  16. ^ Home, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  17. ^ Home @ – A Hosted Site, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  18. ^ Morehead State University – Greek Affairs: Pi Kappa Phi, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  19. ^ Morehead State University: Sigma Phi Epsilon, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  20. ^ Sigma Pi Fraternity, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  21. ^ Sigma Pi Fraternity >> Morehead State Chapter, retrieved 2007-09-27 
  22. ^ Main, retrieved 2007-09-02 
  23. ^ Morehead State University – Residence Halls, retrieved 2014-06-04 

External links

  • Official website
  • Morehead State Athletics website