Murray State College gears up for new semester and new students


The 2017 fall semester at Murray State College gets underway on Monday, August 14.  The college will hold a new student symposium on Friday, August 11, 2017 in Tishomingo from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

“Attendance at the new student symposium is mandatory, but it’s a really fun event for students and parents,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

Highlights of the day include a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, convocation ceremony and Rock-the-Block celebration.  All events will take place on MSC’s campus in Tishomingo.

The University Center of Southern Oklahoma (UCSO) in Ardmore is planning its own Back-to-School Bash for Thursday, August 3.  The Back-to-School Bash will last from 4-8 p.m. at 2901 Mt. and feature food, prizes, a tour of the new building and enrollment assistance for new students.  New students who attend the UCSO event are still required to participate in the symposium on August 11 in Tishomingo.

“We’re looking forward to a great year at Murray State College on both Tishomingo and Ardmore campuses. Our new Health Science building is open in Tishomingo and UCSO has a beautiful new location in Ardmore.  This year we’re looking forward, but also looking back to focus on our roots and how the college came to be,” McDaniel said.

“We’ll be looking back at our founding father Alfalfa Bill Murray and focusing on customer service and vintage values of personal service and student outcomes.  We began with a vision of the family farm and a college intertwined.  A place where students could learn to support themselves while pursuing education and agricultural ambitions of growth and sustainability.  In my opinion, those values are still vitally important today,” McDaniel said.

Students currently enrolled at campuses in Tishomingo and Ardmore have signed up for close to 20,000 credit hours during the 2017 fall semester.

For information on enrolling at Murray State College or upcoming back-to-school events, please visit the Murray State College website at or call the college at 580-387-7000.


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