Founded in 1908, Murray State College is a public, co-ed community college with a main campus located in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. This college offers diverse transfer, associate’s degree, certificate and diploma programs, in addition to vocational training, transitional coursework, training for businesses, and public service activities. Some of the popular areas of study offered at Murray State College include Art, Child Development, Pre-Law, Criminal Justice, Conservation & Wildlife Management, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Psychology, Business Management, Computer Science & Information Systems, Engineering, and Veterinary Technology. The college also has one of the only gunsmithing programs in the United States. Certificate programs include Medical Office Coding, Medical Office Transcription, and Secretarial / Office Administration.
Sponsored by the Berks County Commissioners, the college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, through the Higher Learning Commission. Specialized programs at Murray State College are also accredited by organizations such as the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
Murray State College uses both traditional methods of instruction such as lectures and discussions, laboratory experiments, educational field trips, clinical rotations for allied health and veterinary medicine students, and more modern methods such as the use of Interactive Television Technology. Murray State College also offers flexible learning options that include evening classes, weekend classes, and a distance learning program.
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Students who wish to apply to Murray State College must complete the online or print application form along with all additional forms, such as any health forms. There is a nonrefundable application fee to apply to this university. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (if applicable). Students may also need to schedule placement tests. Certain programs also have additional requirements. While the university admits students all year long, prospective students should contact the school for specific deadline dates.
Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics and dates are listed on the college’s website.
The majority of the students at Murray State College receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students at Murray State College include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students who wish to pay the in-state tuition rate may also need to provide documentation establishing their residency.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Murray State College also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.
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Murray State College has a very diverse student body with students from different states and countries. While most of the students who attend Murray State College are in-state students, most live on campus in the university’s independent living halls. The college’s newest residence hall is known as The Aggie Suites, which features four-bedroom suites with spacious living rooms, bathrooms, cable television, telephone service, and Internet access. Most of the college’s students are required to live on campus. Exceptions to this rule must be made by the Director of Student Life, and are only granted for students living with parents or legal guardians, students who are over the age of 21, students who are married or who have children, and students with medical conditions that would be aggravated by living on campus. Exceptions for other extreme circumstances may be made at the discretion of the Department of Housing and Residence Life.
There are plenty of academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are plenty of diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Popular organizations include the Delta Psi Omega honor fraternity for theater students, the “M” Club for students interested in recreational athletics, the M.A.D. Scientists, the Murray State College Association of Veterinary Technicians, the Nurses Alumni Association, the Occupational Therapy Student Association, and the Student Government Association.There are also interesting recreational and cultural events held on campus throughout the year. A complete list of clubs and events is available on the university’s website.
The career development center at Murray State College offers a variety of programs and resources that help students find jobs and careers. The Student Affairs Division offers different services and is split into a number of departments that include Student Life, Public Information, Student Support Services, Academic Advisement, Athletics, Registration and Admissions, Campus Security, Outreach, and the Horse Center. Students also have access to the college’s huge library with its expansive print and electronic collections and helpful staff.
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Known as the Aggies, Murray State College’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete at the NJCAA Division III level. Men’s intercollegiate sports that are offered at this school include baseball and basketball. Women’s sports intercollegiate include softball and basketball.
Students are also encouraged to participate in any of Murray State College’s intramural sports programs. For a complete list of sports activities, students should contact the school directly as programs vary slightly from year to year.
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