Murray State University




Campus Facts & Figures

Rating
CAMPUS PRIDE
INDEX
3.5
out of 5
Stars

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: South
City/State: Murray, KY
Locale: Small Town (10,000 to 25,000)
Student Population (FTE): 9,456
In-State Tuition: $4,626.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $7,029.00
Institution Website: http://www.murraystate.edu
Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Public/State University
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities

 

Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
 
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.
 

Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

Murray State University is committed to offering each student a welcoming and inclusive experience. Through the work of the Pride Center and the collaborative efforts with other entities across campus, Murray State works to create an atmosphere of engagement while also challenging bias.

Our Synopsis

The Murray State University Pride Center offers LGBTQ+ Racers a space to find community and connection. Through outreach activities, social events, and services the Pride Center works to enhance the university experience of our students. We offer a wide range of services and activities including: gender-affirming clothings swaps, chest binder assistance, free HIV testing, student groups and support groups, social events and more. The Pride Center also works to enhance allyship across campus through our Safe Zone program.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Murray State University

"The diversity students, faculty and staff bring to Murray, make it a better place. There is support and appreciation in the community for LGBTQ+ Racers."

— - Murray Community Member, 2021 Pride List

"I want members of the Murray State community to know that I am an ally and promote an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for anyone who identifies as a member or ally of the LGBTQA+ community."

— - Murray State Faculty Member, 2021 Pride List

"It's vital that LGBT+ students, faculty, and staff know that they aren't alone in the community. As a transgender staff member, it can be difficult to remember that there are other people like me on campus too. For that reason, I want to extend a feeling of belonging to our community members."

— - Murray State Staff Member, 2021 Pride List

"Everyone at Murray State deserves to feel welcomed and valued. In a society that doesn't always support the LGBTQ+ Community, I stand with Murray State to provide an environment that is all-inclusive. Go Racers, and Happy Pride!"

— - Murray State Student, 2021 Pride List

Highlights & Organizations

Admissions

Admissions Office


Murray State University Admissions Office

Murray State Admissions
Murray State University
1401 KY-121

Murray, KY 42071

Phone: 270-809-3741
Website: murraystate.edu/admissions

Admission Application Deadline:


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Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Murray State University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors


Sexual Orientation Score
3.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
2.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
2.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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