Top 10 Things About MTSU

  1. Middle Tennessee State University, situated at the geographic center of the state in Murfreesboro, is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy and vital partner in the state’s goal of 55 percent of its citizens having a post-secondary credential by 2025. It is also the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee and the No. 1 choice for the state’s adult learners.

  2. 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 Research Doctoral 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 Miller Horse Science Center.

  3. 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, offering more than 40 departments and more than 140 degree programs. The College of Graduate Studies offers more than 100 degree programs.

  4. 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, accounting, aerospace, management and a first-of-its-kind academic program in concrete industry management. Many more programs—agricultural science, nursing and education, among others—are considered to be among the best in the region.

  5. We have invested more than $800 million in new facilities on our Murfreesboro campus. Most noticeably, our three-building Science Corridor of Innovation, with our 250,000-square-foot, $147 million Science Building as its centerpiece, represents one of the most significant investments made by the state of Tennessee toward the enhancement of science and technology education.

  6. MTSU is the second-largest producer of graduates in the state 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.

  7. 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 its high production of Fulbright Scholars, placing it alongside universities such as Duke, Harvard, and Yale. No other Tennessee institution made the list.

  8. MTSU continues to be recognized as a "military-friendly institution" by G.I. Jobs magazine, as well as a “Best for Vets” overall honor from Military Times. The Times also named the Jones College of Business as the No. 39 best business school for veterans in the nation. MTSU also has the state's first federal VetSuccess on Campus program and is home to Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center,  the state’s largest academic support center dedicated to veterans and military families.

  9. 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.

  10. All 17 MTSU athletics programs met or exceeded multiyear 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.  

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Some of MTSU’s most notable alumni include Senator Albert Gore Sr. (’32); Nobel Prize–winning economist James M. Buchanan (’40); Dot Records founder Randy Wood (’41); Hollywood movie composer (of the Austin Powers trilogy, among many others) George S. Clinton (’69); former U.S. congressman and past chair of the House Science Committee Bart Gordon (’71); 1988 National Teacher of the Year Terry Weeks (’72, ’74); and former CNN producer Jeffrey Reid (’81).

Also: journalist Karla Winfrey (’82), Academy of Country Music CEO Pete Fisher (’87); former NFL quarterback Kelly Holcomb (’94); chart-topping country music songwriter Eric Paslay (’05); current NFL players Erik Walden (’07) and Phillip Tanner (’10); and WNBA players Alysha Clark (’09) and Amber Holt (’11). Country music artists Chris Young and Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum) attended MTSU.


Grounded in its Academic Master Plan, our University has developed a blueprint for the individual success of each student that can be defined by these three primary objectives:

  • Maintaining our commitment to quality. Quality students engaged with distinguished faculty in an embracing, nurturing community;
  • Fostering a student-centered environment. Where the academic, cultural and societal needs of our students are at the forefront of all that we do; and;
  • Promoting strategic partnerships and alliances. Establishing relationships that support our educational efforts and provide breadth and relevance to our academic offerings.

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I am True Blue

As we look to the future, MTSU is working to develop a community committed to learning, growth, and service. We hold these values dear, and there’s a simple phrase that conveys them:  “I am True Blue.”

New students at convocation take the True Blue Pledge. It underscores our core values of honesty and integrity; respect for diversity; engagement in the community; and committing to reason, not violence. Each time these words are repeated, they express not only the ideals the University wishes to share with its students but also our devotion to student success.

True Blue stands for the very best of what Blue Raiders expect from one another.

The MTSU community has been overwhelmed by the passion and attachment that True Blue has received on campus since it was introduced at the August 2011 convocation exercises. The Student Government Association adopted it as its official motto and redesigned its seal to emphasize True Blue. The pledge was incorporated into numerous student events, rallies, and other activities. Find out more at