Murray State University looks forward to successful fall semester

Murray State University continues to carry out its Racer Restart initiative as faculty and staff prepare to welcome students back to campus in August for the upcoming fall semester. Progress continues on several campus enhancement projects, including a newly-completed Starbucks in the Curris Center.

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University continues to carry out its Racer Restart initiative as faculty and staff prepare to welcome students back to campus in August for the upcoming fall semester.

The University’s Racer Restart plan, which can be viewed in its entirety at, is guiding the institution while adhering to all state, federal and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

As part of the initiative, Murray State has established guidelines for the campus community with a careful and thoughtful approach. The 12 “Racer Safe and Healthy” guidelines range from social distancing, utilizing Murray State’s on-site Health Services, making good choices, and use of personal protective equipment such as a face covering or mask, among other important health and safety measures.

New proactive health measures on campus include Racer Safe and Healthy signage, the installation of plexiglass shields and hand sanitizing stations, as well as disinfecting wipes for all classrooms and instructional spaces, among other measures. Additionally, the University will provide a Racer Safe and Healthy kit to each student, faculty and staff member. These kits contain cloth face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, a digital thermometer and a hang tag that can be attached to any bag with contact information for Murray State Health Services.

The University will also issue updated RacerCard IDs with a fresh design for students, faculty and staff. These cards improve transaction processing and allow for more contactless use.

As announced earlier this summer, the University will offer a combination of mainly in-person instruction, as well as hybrid (a mixture of in-person and online delivery) and online instruction while maintaining a modified traditional on-campus experience for students.

Registration for the fall 2020 semester remains open; individuals can learn more and apply for admission today at

Additionally, the Murray State Office of Student Financial Services has staff available to assist students who may be encountering financial difficulties. Students are encouraged to fill out the University’s general scholarship application as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. For more information, contact the office at 270-809-2546 or

A partnership with Primary Care Medical Center/Village MD provides on-campus Health Services to students Monday through Friday with on-site physicians, nurses and staff, along with after-hours access.

Progress on planned campus enhancement projects continues inside the Curris Center, including the addition of Steak ‘n Shake and a remodeled Thoroughbred Room. The new Starbucks, which was completed earlier this year, will be fully open as well.

Incoming students continue to successfully complete summer orientation sessions, which began in May through a virtual platform. The final virtual summer orientation session is set for Aug. 6. Admitted students who have not yet participated in Summer O should register as soon as possible at

New and returning students who have not registered for fall classes are asked to contact their academic advisor as soon as possible as well.

Limited in-person campus tour opportunities are available for those interested in attending Murray State, with virtual tours and visits also offered. Learn more at

“As our Racer Restart initiative moves forward, Murray State will continue to follow guidelines set by state and federal authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control,” said University President Dr. Bob Jackson. “This is an exciting time at Murray State. To our returning and incoming students, as well as to prospective students who may be looking for an enriching college experience while remaining closer to home at this time, we remain committed to providing a healthy, safe and welcoming living and learning environment for all. We anticipate a successful fall semester as we welcome our students back to campus.”

Work continues on a newly-remodeled Thoroughbred Room, one of Murray State University’s many dining options.