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Morgan State University (MSU) is public, historically Black (HBCU), research university located in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1867, the institution is now that state’s largest HBCU. The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund but is not part of the University System of Maryland.
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Overview of Morgan State University (MSU)
As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, the institution works to address the needs and challenges of the modern urban environment through intense community-level study and pioneering solutions. In fact, Morgan State University was ranked 13th of Best Colleges among all HBCUs in the nation in 2021. It is the only university to have its entire campus designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The area is a safe and inviting learning environment with easy access to cultural exhibits, dining, shopping, sightseeing, and various activities.
The student population is 7,634, with 6,270 pursuing undergraduate degrees. Morgan State University also employs 461 full-time and 153 part-time faculty members. While most provide instructional support, approximately 35 dedicate time to research and public service. The student-to-faculty ratio 13:1, which is significantly better than the national average as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics in 2018.
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||13:1|
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MSU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||February 15|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
MSU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The tuition and fees for the 2022-2023 academic year vary depending on the residency status and the degree sought. In-state students enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) in undergraduate programs will pay approximately $4,004, while out-of-state students will pay $9,240 for the same number of courses. Part-time students with residency will pay $332 per credit hour, while non-residents pay $711 per credit hour. The cost for graduate students is also charged per credit, with in-state students paying $537 each and out-of-state students paying $976 each.
Prospective students will need to pay for more than tuition and fees, however. Morgan State University requires undergraduates pay for health insurance each semester, with the cost fluctuating. For those unable to live off campus, room and board will also be necessary. The university offers various options that range from $3,482 to $6,425. Resident and commuter meal plans range from $2,149 to $2,599, which dining dollar plans as low as $250.
All Morgan State University students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The results will be reviewed before an aid package is sent. The types of aid available include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Institutional scholarship awards are limited and amounts vary. As of the 2020-2021 academic year, 90% of full-time, beginning, undergraduate students received some form of financial aid. The majority of money awarded was in the form of grants and scholarships; however, 56% of students still required loans to attend the university.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$7,890|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||97%|
|Room & Board||$10,114|
- Tuition In-State - $8,008
- Tuition Out-of-State - $18,480
- Books and Supplies - $2,000
- Room & Board - $10,114
- Other - $3,565
Known for its excellence in teaching, intensive research, effective public service, and community engagement, Morgan State University prepares diverse and competitive graduates for success in a global, interdependent society. The university is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than 140 academic programs. Students can choose from degrees at the baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Academic certificates are also available, as are online programs for distance learners.
Morgan State University is one of very few HUBCs that offer a comprehensive range of academic programs in business, engineering, education, architecture, social work, and hospitality management.
Programs are offered by the following schools and departments:
- College of Interdisciplinary and Continuing Studies
- College of Liberal Arts
- School of Architecture and Planning
- School of Business and Management
- School of Community Health and Policy
- School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
- School of Education and Urban Studies
- School of Engineering
- School of Global Journalism and Communication
- School of Social Work
As of fall 2020, Morgan State University had first-year undergraduate retention rate of 74% for full-time students and 70% for part-time students. This indicates that the majority of students enrolled at the university were happy enough with their academic experience to return the following year. Notably, this rate is higher than the national average of 68% throughout the nation.
The overall graduation rate for students who began their studies in 2015 was 44%, with a 27% transfer-out rate. This data shows how frequently students complete their degrees or certificate programs within 150% of standard time. Only 20% of full-time, first-time students graduated within four years, but significantly more were able to meet the graduation requirements within six years.
Morgan State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The university is also authorized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to confer degrees. Additionally, several of the institution’s programs have gained specialized accreditation. Some notable examples include the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB).
Student Population Total
Student Population 7,763
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||225 Total Graduates / 20%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||76 Graduates|
|Finance, General||41 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||31 Graduates|
|Construction Management, General||22 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||215 Total Graduates / 20%|
|Civil Engineering, General||97 Graduates|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||86 Graduates|
|Industrial Engineering||30 Graduates|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities||90 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies||90 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||71 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||33 Graduates|
|Health Teacher Education||20 Graduates|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||18 Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||66 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Broadcast Journalism||25 Graduates|
|Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other||16 Graduates|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||1 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||39%|
Outcome & Salary
Morgan State University has a Center for Career Development that provides assistance to students and alumni throughout the decision-making process. The university offers various types of assistance, including career assessments, counseling, and experiential learning opportunities, as well as access to a career resource center and numerous job fairs. The Center for Career Development also helps many local companies and organizations recruit interns, part-time workers, and full-time employees via a management system called Handshake. Assistance with graduate school planning and preparation is also available.
The university administers and participates in several surveys to better assess the quality of education and students’ overall college experiences. Results from the follow-up survey, which targets graduates to assess their career and continued education endeavors, is provided by the Office of Institutional Research by request.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$54,400|
|College Grads Average Salary||$70,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$85,500|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$700,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,555,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$63,992|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$636,008|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,491,008|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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