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Murray State College was established in 1908 by Oklahoma SB 100. It opened its doors to 100 students, primarily of Chickasaw and Choctaw heritage.
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In 1916 Murray added college level courses, was officially named the Murray State School of Agriculture in 1924 and began granting associate degrees. The workforce demands of WWII reduced enrollment but bounced back with the return of veterans financed through the GI Bill. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, young women were interested in home economics and commerce, while agriculture and engineering were popular for young men. Arts and Sciences programs attracted both men and women.

The Oklahoma Legislature has changed the institution’s name three times since 1908. In 1955, it became Murray State Agricultural College, and then the Murray State College of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1967. In 1971, the college was vested with its own governing board and  became known as Murray State  College in 1972. 

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, the institution added programs like Computer Science, Gunsmithing, Nursing, and Veterinary  Technology to its list of offerings. The Nursing  program quickly became one of Murray State’s fastest-growing programs and continues to attract students in southern  Oklahoma and online. 

In the 1990s and 2000s, Occupational  Therapy Assistant and Physical  Therapist programs  were added. New construction  included the Student Services building. In the early 2000s,  Murray State experienced record enrollment and began offering online courses. Concurrent  enrollment also expanded to  allow many high school students  an opportunity for higher  education. 


Murray State College is the fastest growing college or university in the State of Oklahoma.

Today, Murray State has  two campuses serving a  10-county service area. The College offers a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Gunsmithing; 26 associate degrees with 54 available options and 14 certificate opportunities. 

The expansion of the Applied Science programs and general  education led to renovating the Health Science building and  adding a new Agriculture and  Science building.

In 2023 Tishomingo campus broke ground on the Chickasaw Hall project. This project transforms one of the oldest buildings on campus into a boutique hotel. This hotel will be operated by the Business Hospitality program and house the Chickasaw recruitment and retention office.