Why choose MTSU?

students on campusFinding the right university often comes down to four questions:

  • Does it offer what I want to study?
  • Does it have a good reputation?
  • Is it a good value?
  • And is it a good fit for me?

Here’s why Middle Tennessee State University is your best choice.

We embrace our role as the destination of choice for Tennessee undergraduates while expanding our reach nationally and internationally through signature programs and select master’s and doctoral programs.

We have a wide variety of nationally recognized academic degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. The University has eight undergraduate colleges, offering more than 40 departments and more than 140 degree programs. Our College of Graduate Studies offers more than 100 degree programs.

The Princeton Review called MTSU a growing school on the rise, where you get a quality education and aren’t in crippling debt afterwards. We offer the lowest cost of attendance among Tennessee’s three major comprehensive universities.

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We have doubled down on our guaranteed academic scholarships. Our new Presidential Scholarship pays out $18,000 to incoming freshmen with a 3.5 and above high school GPA and ACT scores between 25 and 29. It’s the highest guaranteed award of its kind in Tennessee. And our Trustees Scholarship awards $20,000 to those with a 30 and above on the ACT.

We offer terrific opportunities, exceptional value, and a beautiful campus. Our undergraduates get real-world experiences that other universities offer only to graduate students.

Your classroom may be behind a camera at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, combing an archeological dig site, helping patients on an underwater treadmill, or adjusting a robot just like those used at state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities.

And our ties to universities in places ranging from Bangladesh to Vietnam, with a special emphasis in China, offer the world to you for study and exploration through our Education Abroad opportunities.

Becoming True Blue

Tay Keith graduating

When we say “I am True Blue,” it affirms that we are part of a tight-knit community of fellow students, professors, staff and supporters, all working for your progress and success.

MTSU helped music producer Tay Keith build his career. We assisted Army veteran Jay Strobino complete his mission to graduate. We empowered Chandler Warrick to break barriers. We gave wings to Vernice Armour. We saw stars in Pete Fisher, Luke Laird and William Phillips.

We feature the advantages of a major comprehensive institution, yet we have not forgotten our small-college roots in how we care for our students.

You will have an academic advisor, even before you set foot on our campus, who will help you make the right choices and keep you on track to graduate. You have access to free tutoring

You can join more than 300 student organizations, including a top-notch Greek system. You’ll find a campus with first-rate amenities, like our Rec Center, complete with an indoor pool, fitness center and a rock-climbing wall.

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And you’ll feel at home in our $65-million Student Union Building. It’s three stories tall and has more than 200,000 square feet of space for studying, hanging out with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, or getting involved with student organizations.

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Quality Programs and Facilities

MTSU is the No. 1 choice for our state's transfer students, the No. 1 provider of graduates to the Greater Nashville economy (second-largest producer of graduates in the state) and the No. 1 choice of adults (ages 25 and up) seeking a four-year degree. We pioneered the Adult Degree Completion Program in Tennessee.

Our University Honors College, the first in the state, offers an ivy-league experience for high-ability students. We are among 108 colleges and universities recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education for high production of Fulbright Scholars, placing us alongside universities like Duke, Harvard, and Yale. No other Tennessee institution made the list.

An example of our student-first commitment is our $147 million, state-of-the-art Science Building, the crown jewel of our three-building Science Corridor of Innovation. We have completed almost $1 billion in new construction and improvements on our campus.

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We’ve broken ground on a cutting-edge, $39.6-million building to house three disciplines in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences – criminal justice administration, psychology and social work.

These investments have provided a remarkable combination of top-notch classroom, research, laboratory, study, and gathering spaces designed to encourage faculty and student interaction.

Charlie Daniels

We are home to Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, the state’s largest and the nation’s most comprehensive support facility dedicated to veterans and military families. We were first to host a federal VetSuccess on Campus program office, helping student-veterans navigate the bureaucracy to get the benefits they have earned.

Here are some other recent points of pride:

Finding Your Path

We’re a major comprehensive university with a lot to offer. But, from your first day on campus to your last, we will provide the same level of personal support and care often found at smaller colleges. We have a big campus, but a small-town feel.

Our ambitious Quest for Student Success added almost 50 additional academic advisors and prompted us to redesign many of approaches to teaching and learning. This top-priority effort 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.

Also, keep in mind that being ready for college doesn’t mean being ready for life. At MTSU, we know the difference. Some will arrive on campus determined to succeed – but not exactly sure how. Here’s how we can help.

Each student is assigned an academic advisor. Those without a chosen major will get specific help in finding the right path.

Transfer Student Scholarship Deadline: February 15

And transferring doesn’t have to be tough. At MTSU, we are committed to making your transition to our campus as seamless as possible. Our transfer admissions specialists will help you navigate the most direct path to our Murfreesboro campus.

Our academic advisors will make sure your ambitions stay on track and that your degree choice is the right fit for you.

And there are several opportunities specially geared to aid those transferring, particularly those coming from one of Tennessee’s community colleges.

All of this, and more, helped us become Tennessee’s No. 1 destination for transfers and a leading institution for first-generation college students.

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Root for the Raiders

You may have first heard about MTSU after our bracket-busting win over Michigan State in 2016’s men’s NCAA March Madness, among the greatest upsets in tournament history.

As a member of Conference USA, we compete at the highest level in 17 sports. And your student ID will get you a seat at every regular-season game and match we play on campus.

Many Blue Raiders, like all-pro safety Kevin Byard of the Tennessee Titans and forward Alysha Clark of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, move on the success in the Olympics and the pros.

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We play football at Floyd Stadium. Game days at Middle are awesome, with our huge Band of Blue, tailgating in Walnut Grove, and cheering our Blue Raiders to victory.

Our Reese Smith Jr. Baseball Field has been called “The Showplace of the South” and it’s beautiful! Then there’s our Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium, where the Blue Raiders also host state-championships, marathons and many students volunteer at the Special Olympics. And our Softball field, right next to one of our observatories!

We play basketball in Murphy Center. This place gets intense, with lots of action, rowdy crowds, and Blue Raider teams that compete against some of the best programs in the nation. 

Come Visit Our Campus

On Sept. 11, 1911, we began as Middle Tennessee State Normal School, one of three teacher preparatory schools set up by our state. We remain a leader in teacher training in Tennessee and the region.

Today, we are Carnegie Research Doctoral University, with almost 22,000 students, occupying more than 1,000 acres in Rutherford County: A 500-plus-acre main campus; an agricultural campus; an aerospace facility at the Murfreesboro Airport; and the Miller Horse Science Center.

Visiting our main campus is a great way to take a walk through your future. Whatever you’re dreaming of doing or becoming, you can stroll right up and take a look. Take a closer look!

Maybe you’ll see your destiny in our state-of-the-art science labs or our business college.

Maybe you’ll wander past your career as a communicator, educator, scientist or aviator.

No matter what’s in your stars, they’re bound to look beautiful – and reachable – in the skies above Murfreesboro, where True Blue is waiting for you.

I am True Blue - MTSU Horseshoe