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Student Affairs

Mission Statement: Murray State College Provides Opportunities for Student Learning, Personal Growth, Professional Success, and Community Enhancement.

The Student Affairs Division supports the Murray State College mission statement and we are dedicated to making your educational and personal journey a great experience. For over 100 years MSC faculty and staff have been dedicated to assisting students as they obtain their academic and personal goals. The Student Affairs Division is committed to providing excellent customer service to our students and we consider you a member of the MSC family. Our purpose is to serve you in a professional capacity while making you feel at home. As a new college student you may wish to participate in student senate, campus activities, athletic events, volunteer opportunities, and clubs and organizations. We exist to serve our students and are always willing to provide support and guidance as you pursue success. When you select a community college as your initial step into higher education, you have made a wise choice to belong to something special.

The Student Affairs Division includes: Academic Advisement, Student Life, Registration and Admissions, Student Support Services, Athletics, Campus Security, Outreach, Public Information, and the Horse Center.

Welcome to Murray State College, I hope you enjoy being part of our institution and our community.

Michaelle Gray 
Vice President for Student Affairs

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Student Support Services

The Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a federally funded program committed to meeting the needs of students seeking a two-year degree at Murray State College. 

The mission of Student Support Services at Murray State College is to enhance academic skills, increase retention, graduation and transfer rates for eligible first-generation, low-income or disabled students who have an academic need for program services.  The SSS program also encourages participants to recognize their unique potential by providing services in a caring and supportive environment.

Approximately 50 percent of college freshmen drop out during their first year.  Nationally, students in TRIO Student Support Services are more than twice as likely to remain in college as students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.

To meet the eligibility requirements, a student must be enrolled at Murray State College and have a need for academic support.  In addition, a student must belong to one of these student groups:

  • First generation college student (neither parent has a 4-year college degree)

  • Financially disadvantaged (as determined by federal guidelines)

  • Documented disability

Two-thirds of SSS participants must be first generation and financially disadvantaged or disabled according to federal guidelines.

Services provided by the Program May Include:

  • Academic Advisement and Planning

  • Career Counseling/Planning

  • Tutorial Assistance

  • Financial Aid Information

  • Assistance in Filling Out Financial Aid Forms

  • Assistance in Applying for Admission to 4 Year Colleges/Universities and Obtaining Federal Student Aid

  • Area College Transfer Day Transportation

  • Study Skills Development

  • Financial Literacy

  • Cultural Events

  • And Much More!

All program services are provided at no cost to participants.

For more information, contact the Student Support Services office at 580-367-7260 or come by the SSS office in the North Annex on the Tishomingo Campus.

Have a Question? Let us know!

Student Support Services Staff:

Ronda Pickens,  Executive Director
rpickens@mscok.edu
580-387-7262
580-319-0300 (Ardmore campus)

Trish Harding, Academic Coach/Coordinator
tharding@mscok.edu
580-387-7264

Laney Tibbs
Student Support Services Counselor
lledford@mscok.edu
580-387-7263