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Scholars Academy

The MTSU Scholars Academy program was created to serve the needs of first generation, Pell-eligible students by providing them with a quality education in a supportive learning environment. In particular, the Scholars Academy seeks to enhance the learning experience by providing the following:

Academic Impact

  • Better preparation for college-level general education courses
  • On-site tutoring and mentoring
  • Student advising and course selection


Social Impact

  • Greater awareness of the benefits and challenges of independence
  • Greater awareness of interpersonal strengths and challenges
  • Increased opportunities to engage collegiate students in serious conversations about college


Long-term Impact

  • Increased retention and graduation rates of minority students
  • Earlier identification of major/career "mismatches" and subsequent educational adjustments
  • Increased satisfaction with major and career selection

For more information on the Scholars Academy and how to get involved please contact Brandon.Chapman@mtsu.edu.

Freshman Summer Institute

The Scholars Academy Freshman Summer Institute is a five-week residential program designed to serve as a bridge to help students transition from high school to college. This year's program will be held July 6 - August 9, 2014. Students are accepted to the Scholars Academy Freshman Summer Institute based on a combination of several factors including, but not limited to: high school GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, a completed application, references, a personal interview, and an evaluation of other variables such as high school involvement and community service. Students participating in the program are housed on the MTSU campus for the duration of the Summer Institute, attend two freshman-level courses, and take part in team-building exercises, leadership training, the summer reading program, and service learning projects. Students who accept an invitation to participate in the program are required to pay a $50 non-reimbursable program fee.

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please complete the 2014 Freshman Summer Institute Application online. Or, if you prefer, you can click here to print the application first and then complete it by hand. The deadline for submission has been extended from March 28, 2014 to May 20, 2014.

Required Summer Courses

  • UNIV 1010 - University Seminar
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication