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Future Students

First-Time Freshman Students

A student who has earned no more than six hours of college-level credit after graduation from high school (this excludes credits earned concurrently with high school enrollment and credits earned by examination) or has earned a GED and their high school class has graduated.

To be admitted as a Freshman student:

Students are responsible for submitting to the Admissions Office the appropriate documents listed below:

  • A completed Application for Admission ( There is a $10 admission fee. International students must pay a $50 admission fee. These fees are non-refundable.

  • An official high school transcript with graduation date or a document verifying completion of GED or its equivalent. (Note: To be admissible with GED, the student’s high school class must have graduated). The Registrar may make an exception to the policy requiring that the high school class must have graduated if the Registrar determines that the student is capable of succeeding in college. Murray State College no longer admits students under the Ability to Benefit criteria.

  • National ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores if student is under 21 years of age. The ACT/SAT test must have been taken within the last three years. The residual ACT and Pre-Act may not be used to meet admission requirements for regular students but may be used for concurrent high school students. Regularly admitted students under 21 years of age are required to submit the results of the National ACT.

  • ACCUPLACER test scores are required for course placement for students who did not score 19 or higher on the ACT or an equivalent score on the SAT. The ACCUPLACER is a standardized assessment administered on the Tishomingo or Ardmore campuses. The Accuplacer test must have been taken within the last three years. Contact our Testing Centers for more information.

  • Official transcripts (school and military) from all colleges previously attended. Transcripts from other institutions must be current and must be obtained directly from the institution where they were originally issued. Murray State College must receive the official transcripts directly from the previous college. Official transcripts will only be accepted from the student if the transcript is in a sealed envelope from the prior institution.

  • Documentation of vaccinations against Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR).

After the Admission and Registrar’s office receives the on-line application for admission, students will receive notification of admission status. Students may be provisionally admitted for the first semester at MSC without providing all of the application documents. However, they must be submitted by the end of the first semester of enrollment. First time entering students who did not complete high school or GED may be admissible under the Special Adult Admission criteria.

Students pursuing admission to Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs, may not count transitional/remedial courses used to make up high school deficiencies toward satisfaction of degree program requirements.

High School Curricular Requirements

Applicable to students under 21 years of age. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education requires the following high school curricular requirements:

  • 4 UNITS LANGUAGE ARTS--1 unit of Grammar and Composition and 3 units of Literature, Advanced English or other English courses.
  • 3 UNITS MATHEMATICS--Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus or Advanced Placement Statistics.
  • 3 UNITS SCIENCE--1 unit of Biology and 2 units in the areas of Life, Physical or Earth Science.
  • 3 UNITS SOCIAL STUDIES--1 unit of United States History, ½ to 1 unit of United States Government, ½ unit of Oklahoma History and ½ to 1 additional unit from the subjects of History, Economics, Geography, Government or Non-Western Culture.
  • 2 UNITS ARTS--May include but not limited to Visual Arts and General Music

23 TOTAL REQUIRED UNITS (A Unit equals one year of high school study)

Students under 21 years of age and lacking curricular requirements are admissible into Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs, but must remove the deficiencies by one of the following:

  • Demonstrated competency through the National ACT or secondary assessment. Murray State College uses the Accuplacer test for secondary assessment. These tests must have been taken within the last three years.

  • Successful completion of transitional courses (0-level courses) within the first 24 credit hours attempted. Students who are not successful in removing deficiencies within the first 24 credit hours attempted need academic advisor approval to continue taking courses. Reasons for the exception to remediation policy are annually submitted to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Students are required to participate in College Placement Tests if they have not met high school curricular requirements or have not met the required sub-scores on the ACT or SAT.