Morehead State University 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 2014 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 10th straight year it has been so recognized. MSU was recognized in 2013 by The Daily Beast as a top underrated school. 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.
Morehead State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 212 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 17. The student body represents 112 Kentucky counties, 43 states and 31 foreign countries. MSU supports its missions of teaching, applied research and public service through an annual budget of more than $153.2 million. 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. 64,000 persons have received degrees from MSU.