Morehead State University quickly adapted and made changes to how it educated MSU students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University moved up in overall national rankings and our academic programs continue to earn national recognition. This year MSU was also recognized for its COVID-19 response.  

For the 17th consecutive year, MSU was recognized as one of the top public universities in the South in the 2021 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. MSU became a Top 20 institution after ranking 19th in the Top Public Regional Universities-South division in 2020. For 2021, MSU moved up two spots, ranking 17th on that list. MSU also made the publication’s list as one of the top public regional universities in the South for social mobility.  

Educate To Career (ETC) ranked MSU in its College Rankings Results for the COVID-19 Economic Crisis. The University earned the distinction of being declared a Tier 1 institution and is among 1,200 institutions ranked by their ability to offer a quality education under any conceivable scenario, including in-classroom, online and hybrid instruction formats. To view MSU’s COVID-19 planning and information, visit      

MSU has long been nationally recognized for its commitment to student-veterans and putting them on a path to success by publications like Military Times. In 2020, the University earned high marks as an employer of veterans after the publication named MSU to its Best for Vets: Employers 2020 list. Learn more about MSU resources for student veterans and military families at  

This year MSU’s RN to BSN program was nationally ranked by, earning a top 5 (#4) ranking out of 169 accredited programs in the Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia). MSU’s RN to BSN program trains students with the knowledge, skills and professional attitude to take nursing careers to the next level. Students who possess an unrestricted RN license are eligible, and the curriculum is delivered entirely online in an interactive web-based platform. For more information about MSU’s nursing programs, visit  

For the second consecutive year, Morehead State University’s Master of Arts in Sport Management program has garnered a national ranking after being named one of the 25 Best Online Master’s in Sports Management programs for 2021 by Best Masters Programs ( Visit for more details. 

For a full list of MSU rankings, visit