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About MTSU

About MTSU

Middle Tennessee State University, situated at the geographic center of the state in Murfreesboro, is a comprehensive university that embraces its role as a preferred destination 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 more than 20,000 students, it is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy, has been named to The Princeton Review’s list of the Best 388 Colleges in the U.S. five years in a row, and is also the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee.


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Offering 300+ undergraduate and graduate degrees of study in diverse disciplines that prepare students for high-demand careers.

Many of our programs have earned national and sometimes international recognition for excellence. A highly trained and dedicated group of faculty members not only prepares our students for their first job, but for careers that might not yet exist. Gaining a comprehensive education, instead of only specializing in one skill that could become less important a decade or two from now,  prepares students to handle diverse challenges of the job market.

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Named among the “Best Universities in the Nation” by The Princeton Review

“Overall, students agree: ‘This school is amazing, and it is such a hidden gem.'”

Middle Tennessee State University has been named one of the best places to earn an undergraduate degree in the nation by The Princeton Review, which called it “a go-to choice for those wishing to receive a quality and affordable education.”

In past years, MTSU has been included in The Review’s list of top schools in the Southeast. The University remains on the regional list by virtue of its inclusion on The Review’s top national list. Added Provost Mark Byrnes, the University’s chief academic officer, “This reflects the hard work of our faculty and staff in helping our students succeed, as well as the more than $1.4 billion in improvements and new construction put forward on our campus.”

We understand that “affordability” means different things to different people.  While a university education represents a substantial investment, it is important to find the lowest overall cost that meets your specific objectives.  MTSU is, very simply, the best higher education bargain in the state.  The combination of high-quality programs, student resources, incredible scholarship programs, and low tuition costs are unmatched in Tennessee. MTSU has the lowest tuition rate of any major university in Tennessee.

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Most students spend several years of their lives earning their education. With that type of commitment, in addition to a superior education, you also want to enjoy your experience in as comfortable an environment as possible.  With over 200 student organizations there is always plenty to do. Great facilities on campus are coupled with a college-friendly town, lots of local entertainment, plenty of access to athletic events, and a beautiful physical environment. MTSU has something for everyone and encourages students to get involved to get the most out of their time on campus.

We want you to have a great experience at MTSU. However, we recognize that our goal is to create ready-to-work graduates who enter their careers prepared to succeed. Our student success initiative makes sure that you have access to free tutoring, regular and consistent advising, career training and assessments, and supplemental instruction- ensuring that you have a place to go when you need help.

Many of our programs are developed with industry partners to ensure that our curriculum fits the needs of the job market and provides our students with experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom.  Students often participate in internships to gain hands-on experience which often results in job offers from those same companies. One in six college graduates in greater Nashville holds an MTSU degree, making us the No. 1 provider to the region’s workforce with more than 70,000 alumni living in the region.

Thinking about the next four years of your life after high school can be a daunting task but we want to encourage you to embrace your college education and make the decision that is right for you and your family. Our experienced, responsive staff in Admissions is here to help you through the entire application and enrollment process. Learn about financial aid opportunities, admission requirements, what classes you should be taking if you have a specific career in mind, and more.

We invite you to become a part of our True Blue family.

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