TAKE A CLOSER LOOK middle tennessee state university


Middle Tennessee State University, situated at the geographic center of the state in Murfreesboro, is a comprehensive university that embraces its role as the destination of choice for Tennessee undergraduates while expanding its reach nationally and internationally through signature programs and select master's and doctoral programs. The University generates, preserves, and disseminates knowledge and innovation and uses scholarship to enhance teaching and public service. The University is committed to preparing students to thrive in their chosen professions and a changing global society. With an enrollment of about 23,000 students, it is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy. It is also the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee.

Kirksey Old Main was the first building constructed on the MTSU campus in 1911. The KOM was one of the five original buildings at MTSU designed by Nashville architect C.K. Colley in Classical Revival style. Legend has it that if you kiss someone on the KOM stairs you will spend the rest of your life with them.
1,000-acre campus is home to over 23,000 students


Now that you've gotten a sneak peek, let's get better acquainted.

On September 11, 1911, Middle Tennessee State Normal School opened as one of three teacher preparatory schools in the state of Tennessee. Today, MTSU is a Carnegie Doctoral Research Intensive University that occupies more than 1,000 acres in Rutherford County including a 500- acre main campus, an agricultural campus, an aerospace facility at the Murfreesboro Airport, and the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.

MTSU houses a wide variety of nationally recognized academic degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. The University is composed of eight undergraduate colleges, with more than 40 departments and more than 140 degree programs. The College of Graduate Studies offers more than 100 degree programs.

MTSU has received regional, national, and international acclaim for a variety of programs and activities including distinctive offerings in programs as diverse as recording industry, horse science, aerospace, and a first-of-its-kind academic program in concrete industry management. Many more traditional programs—agricultural science, nursing, accounting, and education, among others—are considered to be among the best in the region.

Named to Top 25 Music Schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter (2015, 2016)

We have invested more than $700 million in new and renovated facilities on our Murfreesboro campus. A 250,000-square-foot, $147 million Science Building, which opened in the 2014 fall semester, represents one of the most significant investments made by the state of Tennessee toward the enhancement of science and technology education.

MTSU is the second-largest producer of graduates in Tennessee among public universities; the No. 1 producer of adult (25 years old and older) and low-income (Pell Grant-eligible) graduates in the state; and the most efficient producer of graduates among the state's public universities, helping more students reach their educational goals with fewer tax dollars.

MTSU’s University Honors College, the first in the state, offers an Ivy League experience for high-ability students. MTSU is one of just 108 colleges and universities recognized recently by the Chronicle of Higher Education for producing Fulbright Scholars, placing it alongside universities such as Duke, Harvard, and Yale. No other Tennessee institution made the list.

For the fourth year in a row, MTSU has been named a "military-friendly institution" by G.I. Jobs magazine. MTSU also has the state's first federal VetSuccess on Campus program and is home to the state’s largest academic support center dedicated to veterans and military families.

Our ambitious Quest for Student Success, which included the hiring of almost 50 additional academic advisors and course redesign, is reshaping MTSU’s approaches to teaching and learning. It has gained national attention from The Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education for its innovation in improving MTSU’s student retention and graduation rates.

All 17 MTSU athletics programs met or exceeded multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) requirements. On July 1, 2013, MTSU moved to Conference USA from the Sun Belt Conference, in which it had won nine All-Sports trophies and more than 50 conference championships. MTSU athletics will benefit greatly from C-USA's television partnerships, increased bowl tie-ins, and larger national footprint.

Blue Raiders Continue to Exceed Expectations

Photo by Brent Beerends, MT Athletics

MTSU's men's basketball earned their second consecutive Conference USA Tournament Championship in 2017-2018, and exceeded expectations in the NCAA Tournament by defeating No.5-seeded Minnesota to make their second consecutive trip to the second round of the tournament.

Reggie Upshaw (2017 graduate) celebrates with teammates in final seconds before win over Minnesota.

In the 2015-2016 season, MTSU men's and women's basketball posted remarkable seasons. Both teams boasted 20+ wins, took home Conference USA Championship titles, and appeared in the NCAA Tournament. The men's team advanced past Michigan State in what many consider the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history.

Arguably the greatest tournament upset of all-time

Putting the "madness" in March Madness, our Blue Raiders accomplished the remarkable by defeating No. 2 seed Michigan State in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Although we lost to Syracuse in the second round, the win catapulted the basketball program into the national spotlight, reaching over 1 billion people in two weeks' time.

Do you live outside of Middle Tennessee?

No worries! Our 2018 True Blue Tour is bringing MTSU to you!

What's the tour all about?

Meet with representatives from practically every department at MTSU including the President, deans, counselors and advisors. The annual True Blue Tour includes stops in Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Nashville, Williamson County, Memphis, Jackson, Atlanta, Bowling Green, Louisville, Huntsville, Birmingham, with new stops in Clarksville and Murfreesboro.

Speak with helpful advisors, hear from President McPhee and enter to win scholarship money & prizes!

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Student Services & Admissions Center Lobby




Student Union Building
Lobby in Student Union Building
The Student Union includes the bookstore, ballrooms, dining halls, food court, game rooms, theaters, and other venues to enhance student life. The lighted crosswalk leads to our MT One Stop that assists students with financial aid questions, student ID cards and more.
Paul W. Martin, Sr. Honors Building
Small classes, a strong scholarship program, superb opportunities, and personalized service, make this an exceptional place for qualified students. The undergraduate research program provides an incredible learning experience for these students.
Science Corridor of Innovation
The Science Building provides more than 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facilities for science education. With more than 50 laboratories in the new Science Building, students have plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.

Renovations of Wiser-Patten and Davis Science buildings

To accompany the $147 million Science Building that opened in fall 2014, MTSU now possesses some of the finest science facilities — being branded as the Science Corridor of Innovation — in the South and nation.
MTSU’s Aerospace program has more than 37 airplanes, including a Boeing 727, making our air fleet larger than Albania’s (and 24 other countries around the world).
Our $3.4 million Air Traffic Control Training and Research Facility includes a seamless, 360-degree virtual control tower, the only one like it in the world. The MTSU Aerospace Department also operates a NASA FOCUS Lab and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration prepares students for thousands of emerging jobs in the aviation industry.
Our Town. Our Team. We are True Blue.


Set on the northwest end of campus, Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium has undergone a multimillion dollar renovation over the past few years to make it one of the premier facilities in the region and Conference USA.

Built in 1973, the Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center serves as home of the Blue Raiders men's and women's basketball teams, who play their home games in the 11,520-seat Monte Hale Arena. It recently underwent a $12 million renovation to enhance fan experience.

Our new $5.8 million, 70,000-square foot Adams Tennis Complex includes eight indoor tennis courts, two electronic scoreboards, pro shop, and lounge area with a mezzanine for spectator viewing.

Our Reese Smith Jr. Field, often called the "Showplace of the South," is one of the finest collegiate baseball fields in the nation.

MTSU game days are an exciting experience for the whole family, with tailgating in Walnut Grove and Blue Raider traditions like Raider Walk and Raider Town. You do not want to miss out on the #TrueBlue experience!
MTSU Mobile Production Truck

Along with our own record label, two radio stations, two television stations, an animation lab, and a production center that brings all of these areas together, we also partner with Bonnaroo to provide the music festival's onsite media.

Students in the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment are provided opportunities to gain industry experience and produce professional events. The mobile production lab provides a high-quality, real-world learning experience to our students.
State-of-the-art studios close to Music City
The Department of Recording Industry at MTSU is one of the largest programs of its kind in the world. Boasting world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, renowned internship programs and an average enrollment of 1200-1700 students, the Department of Recording Industry's quality is unmatched in recording industry schools worldwide.

WMOT-FM, MTSU's 100,000-watt public radio station at 89.5 FM, is now 100-percent-pure Americana. WMOT is the region's only station devoted to the unique amalgam of bluegrass, folk, gospel, soul, country and blues music defined as Americana by the music industry.

The Campus Recreation center boasts weight rooms, cardio equipment, exercise classes, a rock climbing wall, an indoor pool, and five basketball courts.
The 500-acre farm laboratory provides hands-on learning opportunities for our students and features a dairy, from which we get all of our own milk, and beehives where we get MTSU honey.
We offer programs leading to B.S. degrees in Agribusiness, Animal Science, Horse Science, and Plant and Soil Science. A Master of Science (M.S.) degree is offered in Horse Science with a choice among three concentrations: Equine Education, Equine Management, or Equine Physiology. We invite you to explore the variety of programs available at MTSU.
MTSU Arts: Enrich Your Life

Interested in learning more about the MTSU Arts Patrons Society?

MTSU Arts was established to provide a singular brand through which we as a university community deliver our many outstanding art offerings to Murfreesboro and the surrounding community.
Hundreds of performances and shows are held annually through MTSU Arts in our music, theater, art, and dance programs. Our students’ artistic work demonstrates the great things that happen when gifted teachers engage with enthusiastic students.
Explore the world. Earn college credit.
Students enjoy studies of Machu Picchu.
MTSU Office of Education Abroad is the starting point for students who want to learn more about their options for studying outside of the US. You can also earn scholarship money for traveling the world! Start the journey toward making memories of a lifetime.
Red, White and True Blue.
The MTSU Charlie & Hazel Daniels Veterans & Military Family Center is the newest and largest in the state, and serves as a home to our state's soldier scholars who we are proud to serve. MTSU has been selected by Military Times as a "Best for Vets: College" for three consecutive years.
From short-term-study certificate programs to doctoral degrees, MTSU has something for everyone. Niche programs in recording arts and technologies, aviation administration, and public history attract top scholars from around the world. The University routinely hosts students who participate in renowned programs such as the Fulbright and Muskie Fellowships. We are a leader in graduate education in Tennessee.
Changing stereotypes of the Concrete industry
A joint initiative between MTSU and leaders from the concrete industry, the Concrete Industry Management program provides students opportunities to enter a broad field that has an urgent need for skilled professionals. Changing to meet a need, MTSU is the first university to integrate a technical education in concrete with business and communication skills needed to advance in the industry.
College of Education
We are proud of MTSU's rich history in teacher education and the many contributions our graduates have made to young people over the past 100 years. Today, preparing future teachers and school leaders is still central to our mission.
MTSU's School of Nursing provides excellence in nursing education by preparing individuals to meet the dynamic and complex health care needs of today's society.

To better serve our students, we created the MT One Stop that provides integrated services in the areas of financial aid, course registration, tuition and billing, and transcripts.

MTSU is devoted to student success. We have more than 100 advisors to help guide you through your college experience from your first class to commencement.

MTSU graduates more than 4,000 students per year and is the largest provider of graduates to the middle Tennessee workforce.

Thanks for spending time with us!

We hope to see you on campus soon.


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