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Admission Information

Applicable to students under 21 years of age. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education requires the following high school curriculum:

  • 4 UNITS --English (grammar, composition, literature; should include an integrated writing component)

  • 3 UNITS--Mathematics (from algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, math analysis, pre-calculus statistics and probability (must have completed geometry and algebra II) calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics)

  • 3 UNITS--Lab Science (Biology, chemistry, physics or any lab science certified by the school district; General Science with or without a lab may not be used to meet this requirement)

  • 2 UNITS--Additional units of subjects previously listed or selected from: computer science, foreign language, any Advanced Placement course, psychology, sociology, or any liberal arts and sciences course (as defined in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements in the OSRHE policy) taken via concurrent enrollment at a State System institution that is not being utilized to fulfill any area previously listed.

In addition ot the above requirements, the following subjects are recommended for college preparation:

  • 2 ADDITIONAL UNITS--Fine arts - music, art, drama, and speech

  • 1 ADDITIONAL UNIT--Lab science (as described above)

  • 1 ADDITIONAL UNIT--Mathematics (as described above)

  • 4 Recommended Units

Students under 21 years of age and lacking curricular requirements are admissible into Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs, but must remove the deficiencies by one of the following:

  • Demonstrated competency through the National ACT or secondary assessment. Murray State College uses the Accuplacer test for secondary assessment. These tests must have been taken within the last three years.

  • Successful completion of transitional courses (0-level courses) within the first 24 credit hours attempted. Students who are not successful in removing deficiencies within the first 24 credit hours attempted need academic advisor approval to continue taking courses. Reasons for the exception to remediation policy are annually submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

These requirements are also applicable to students in Associate in Applied Science programs with the provision that if collegiate level work in a particular discipline is not required in the degree program, the student is exempt from removing the high school curricular requirement deficiency. Students admitted to AAS programs may not transfer into AA or AS programs without first completing the high school curricular deficiencies.

Individual National ACT sub-scores in English, Math and Science must be 19 or higher in order for students to be eligible to take college level courses in those areas. The Reading National ACT sub-score must be 19 or higher to take college level courses in other areas. Results of the Residual ACT or Pre-ACT may be used only to admit and enroll concurrent high school students.

Students scoring less than 19 in the above National ACT sub-score areas may take a secondary test (the ACCUPLACER) to demonstrate readiness for college level courses. Students who score less than the minimum cut score on the ACCUPLACER will be required to successfully complete zero level courses to remediate skill deficiencies within the first 24 credit hours attempted.

The ACT/SAT or Accuplacer results must be within three years.

A retention grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 is required for graduation from Murray State College. A student who fails to meet the following requirements will be placed on academic probation:

Hours Attempted: 0-29
Retention GPA: 1.7

Hours Attempted: Greater than 29
Retention GPA: 2.0

Students with 29 or fewer credit hours, with a retention GPA of 1.7 to less than 2.0 will be placed on academic notice.

Any student not maintaining satisfactory progress toward their academic objective as indicated above will be placed on probation for one semester. At the end of that probationary semester, the student must have a semester retention GPA of 2.0, not to include activity or performance courses or meet the minimum retention GPA standard required above, in order to continue as a student. Students not meeting either of these criteria will be immediately suspended and may not be readmitted until one regular semester (Fall or Spring) has elapsed.

Students suspended in the Spring semester may attend the Summer session immediately following Spring suspension at the discretion of the Admission Appeals Committee. Such students may enroll only in core academic courses, which meet general education requirements or degree requirements. Students who fail to achieve retention standards after the appealed Summer session will remain on suspension with the phrase “suspension continued” entered on the transcript and may not be readmitted until one regular semester (Fall or Spring) has elapsed. This option is only eligible for first-time suspension students.

A student may appeal academic suspension for immediate reinstatement to the Admissions and Appeals Committee by submitting a written request to the Admissions and Registrar Office. The written appeal must document extraordinary personal circumstances. Students whose appeals are denied and other suspended students may, after one regular semester (Fall or Spring), petition the Admissions Appeals Committee for readmission on probation. Students readmitted on academic probation must maintain a 2.0 retention GPA each semester or meet the minimum standard required as listed or be suspended again.

Should a reinstated student be suspended a second time, he/she cannot return to MSC until such time as he/she has demonstrated, by attending another institution and completing a minimum of 12 collegiate hours, the ability to succeed academically by raising his/her retention GPA to the retention standards.

Any acceptances of admission for students who have been placed on academic probation or academic suspension, either at MSC or another college or university are re-admitted on academic probation. Students admitted on academic probation must meet the minimum retention requirement or be academically suspended.

This minimum requirement is either

  • the next semester’s retention GPA of 2.0 or

  • 1.7 retention GPA with 0-29 hours attempted or

  • 2.0 retention GPA with 30 or more hours attempted.

Students admitted on academic probation must meet the minimum retention requirement or be academically suspended.

All students who enroll as a full-time or part-time student in an Oklahoma public or private post-secondary institution must provide documentation of vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR). (Law requires verification of vaccinations.)

Oklahoma Statute, Title 3244, permits exemption if:

  • the vaccine is contraindicated and a licensed physician provides a signed written statement of verification or

  • if the student or minor student’s parent or other legal representative signs a written waiver stating the administration of the vaccine is in conflict with the student’s moral or religious tenets.

An exemption form may be obtained in the Admission and Registrar’s Office.

Murray State College takes into consideration the following nonacademic criteria in admitting first-time or transfer students:

  • Whether applicants have been expelled, suspended, denied admission or re-admission by any other college or university.

  • Whether applicants have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving violence or drug abuse (see Criminal Activity Disclosure).

MSC reserves the right to refuse admission or re-admission to any applicant who does not comply with admissions requirements or when evidence exists that the applicant would be incompatible with the aims and objectives of the College or when in the judgment of the MSC Officials, the applicant’s presence on campus would not be in the best interest of the applicant or MSC. Applicants who are denied admission may make a written appeal to the Admissions and Appeal Committee by submitting a letter of appeal with documentation (if applicable) to the Registrar Office.

Murray State College is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of the College community. Murray State requires applicants with felony convictions or harmful behavior to disclose this information. Criminal history won't necessarily bar admission but does require review.

Full disclosure is vital for admission. Omitting details may result in denial. Explanation, location, dates, and court outcome must be provided. Proof must be submitted to the Registrar. Authorization to access criminal records is required.

Violent and sexual convictions will be reviewed by committee. Denied students can appeal with written documentation.

Prospective students must show English proficiency to enroll, ensuring fair chances for success through language skills assessment.

Students must demonstrate English competency by meeting these criteria:

First-Time Undergraduate Students

  • Score 500+ on paper-based TOEFL, 173+ on computer-based TOEFL, 61+ on internet-based TOEFL, or 5.5+ on IELTS.
  • Score 460+ on paper-based TOEFL, 140+ on computer-based TOEFL, 48+ on internet-based TOEFL at a special or international testing center, or 5.0+ on IELTS. Also, complete a minimum of 12 weeks of study at an approved Intensive English Program after achieving the required score, with at least two-thirds involving advanced level instruction.
  • Fulfill high school core requirements or graduate from an English primary language high school, meeting High School Curricular Requirements.

Undergraduate Transfer Students

  • Attend a US accredited college or university, complete 24+ semester credit hours with passing grades, and meet other transfer prerequisites.

Please note that admission to Murray State College does not guarantee admission to the following specific programs:

  • Gunsmithing

  • Nursing

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Veterinary Technology

These programs have a separate application process with additional admission criteria. Refer to the MSC Catalog or our website for more information on these programs.

Under Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education policy, a resident of Oklahoma is defined as someone who has lived in the state for at least 12 months as a permanent resident, not primarily as a student. Dependent students' residency is determined by their parent's or legal guardian's residence.

Criteria for in-state classification include:

  1. Individuals and dependents with over 30 days of full-time active military duty stationed in Oklahoma.
  2. Dependents of full-time active duty military with Oklahoma as their home of record.
  3. Veterans Educational benefits recipients residing in Oklahoma and intending to establish residency, based on active duty duration.
  4. Residents of Oklahoma for over 12 months for non-student purposes.
  5. U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents coming to Oklahoma for full-time employment, along with their family.
  6. Non-residents marrying established Oklahoma residents.
  7. Transfer students from outside Oklahoma presumed non-resident unless proven otherwise.
  8. Foreign nationals with appropriate visas eligible for in-state status upon becoming lawful permanent residents and meeting resident requirements.

Undocumented students, meeting specific criteria, can enroll but will be classified as non-residents and should contact the Registrar for details.

Proof of residency lies with the student, with each case assessed individually by the Murray State College Registrar. For more details or to contest residency status, contact the Admissions or Registrar Office.

Murray State College assesses and awards credit for prior learning experiences through its Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program. Here's what you need to know:

  • PLA covers learning outside traditional educational settings, including work experience, independent study, and formal courses from various sources.
  • Murray State's content specialists, like the Registrar and Program Chairs, evaluate prior learning for credit eligibility towards degrees.
  • Students interested in PLA credit should contact the Registrar or Admissions Office to start the process.
  • Eligibility criteria include enrollment at Murray State, submission of official transcripts (from schools and military), and providing necessary documentation.
  • PLA credits are evaluated per course and may take several weeks to process.
  • To receive PLA credit, students must complete at least 12 semester hours at Murray State, excluding transitional or non-credit courses.
  • Murray State awards credit only for courses relevant to the student's major and within the approved curriculum.
  • The maximum PLA credit allowed is typically 25% of the degree program, around 15 credit hours.
  • Students may be charged a supplemental off-campus fee, depending on the type of prior learning assessment.
  • PLA credits are listed as "pass" on transcripts and are not graded.
  • Murray State accepts various publications and methods for validating prior learning credits, including ACE guides, standardized exams, certifications, portfolios, and institutional examinations.

For more information or to initiate the PLA process, contact the Registrar or Admissions Offices.

Murray State College grants credit for CLEP exams conducted at a national testing center. Southeastern Oklahoma State University serves as the CLEP center for southern Oklahoma. Students must schedule their test date independently. For details, contact the Southeastern OSU testing center at 580-745-3022.

CLEP Course Equivalencies
Subject Examination MSC Course Equivalence Minimum Score Number of Credit Hours
Calculus with Elem Functions MTH2215 61 5
College Algebra MTH1513 52 3
College Mathematics MTH1413 55 3
College Spanish I SPA1114 & SPA1214 55 8
English Comp with Essay ENG1113 50 3
Financial Accounting ACC2103 55 3
General Biology BIO1114, ZOO1114 or BOT1114 60 4
General Chemistry CHM1114 & CHM1214 50 8
Intro Psychology PSY1113 50 3
Intro Sociology SOC1113 50 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECO2113 50 3
Principles of Microeconomics ECO2123 50 3

As listed in the table below, Murray State College will award credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) program for high school students. Advanced Placement courses allow students to take college-level course work in high school and receive credit from Oklahoma state colleges and universities. For more information on Advanced Placement, visit the College Board website.

AP Course Equivalencies
Subject Examination MSC Course Equivalence Minimum Score Number of Credit Hours
Art History ART1113 3 3
Biology BIO1114 3 4
Calculus AB MTH2215 3 5
Calculus BC MTH2315 3 5
Calculus BC MTH2215 & MTH2315 4 10
Chemistry CHM1114 3 4
Computer Science A CS1313 3 3
English Language ENG1113 3 3
English Literature ENG1213 3 3
English Literature ENG1113 & ENG1213 4 6
Government & Politics-US GVT1113 3 3
Human Geography GEO2443 3 3
Macroeconomics ECO2113 3 3
Microeconomics ECO2123 3 3
Music Theory MU1202 3 2
Physics B PHY1114 & PHY1214 3 8
Physics C – Electrical & Magnetism PSY1214 3 4
Physics C – Mechanics PHY1114 3 4
Psychology PSY1113 3 3
Spanish Language SPA1114 & SPA1214 3 8
Studio Art 2-D Design ART1123 3 3
Studio Art 3-D Design ART1133 3 3
Studio Art Drawing ART1213 3 3
US History HST1483 & HST1493 3 6
World History HST 1423 & HST1433 4 6

Murray State College offers academic credit to military veterans honorably discharged within the past three years for relevant education, training, and experience gained during their service, aligning with their area of study. Courses must meet American Council on Education standards or equivalent.

Transfer students must provide official transcripts (institutional and military) from all prior colleges.

A military transcript transfer guide assists veterans in understanding the process of converting military training and experience into college credit. It addresses transfer policies and offers guidance for a smoother transition.

For validating a Service Member’s military experience and training with corresponding ACE college credit recommendations, refer to the following websites:

Veteran’s Responsibilities:

  1. Contact the VA Office in Muskogee to sign up for benefits and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. VA Regional Office P.O. Box 8888 Muskogee, OK 74402-8888 Toll-free Phone: (800) 827-1000 About GI Bill ® benefits

  2. Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar Office for certification.

  3. Provide a copy of your DD214 to the Registrar Office. After completing 12 credit hours at Murray State College, you'll receive 3 hours of credit for the Personal Health course.

  4. Enroll early to ensure timely certification. Early certifications have tuition and fees set to zero, with adjustments made after the census date.

  5. Notify the Registrar of any enrollment changes or major changes. Adding or dropping courses affects certification and payments.

  6. Take advantage of academic resources for success. Grades such as AW’s, W’s, I’s, and N’s will be reported to the VA regional office.

  7. Avoid duplicate reimbursement by Tuition Assistance and VA benefits for the same course.

  8. Plan ahead financially, as VA housing benefits start a month after classes begin. Book stipends may also take at least a month.

  9. Only students with federal aid exceeding tuition and fees can charge books at the Murray State Bookstore.

Tuition Waivers:

  • National Guard Tuition Waiver: Eligible recipients are awarded by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Non-resident tuition waiver: Automatically awarded by the Financial Aid Office for veterans not qualifying for in-state tuition.

Vocational Rehabilitation:

  • Apply for vocational rehabilitation through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

VA Benefits Process:

  • VA processing and issuance of benefits take approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the start of school.
  • Benefits cover only courses required for degree completion as shown on official degree plans.
  • Comply with Murray State's academic progress standards and class attendance requirements.