Middle Tennessee State University is a Carnegie Doctoral Research Intensive University with over 25,000 students located 30 miles southeast of Nashville. The University offers, through nine colleges and thirty-seven academic departments, baccalaureate instruction in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, education, business, mass communication, and a variety of other fields. Graduate programs are offered at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. As one of the fastest growing universities in the south, Middle Tennessee State University is a dynamic institution with a commitment to diversity, and a strong promotion of excellence in teaching and initiatives in research/creative activity and public service. Murfreesboro offers a rich cultural and recreational life and easy access to a variety of attractions within the state and region.