New to Blue: Get Started at MTSU!
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Congratulations on your admission to MTSU and welcome to the True Blue Family! Below are a few important steps we encourage you to take.
Step 1: Set Up Your PipelineMT and MTMail Accounts
PipelineMT is the student portal that you'll use to register for classes, view financial aid, pay your bill, and so much more. Your MTSU email account is the required method of communication on campus. You are expected to use this for all school related matters and will need to get in the habit of checking this email account on a daily basis beginning today.
For you to retrieve and setup your MTSU username and password, which is used for both PipelineMT and MTMail account logins, you will need to follow these steps:
- Go to https://mtsu.edu/changepw
- Follow the prompts to create a password and take note of your username listed in the
body of that email surrounded by parentheses
- It is usually your initials followed by a number and a letter (abc1a)
- Your MTMail address and account login will be firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have any trouble setting up or accessing your accounts, please contact the ITD Help Desk at email@example.com or 615-898-5345.
- Visit the MTMail FAQ page for common questions, instructions on how to set up a mobile device, and more.
Step 2: Complete Missing Requirements
Send in missing Admissions items
You may still be missing some items we need in Admissions, like a final high school transcript or a college transcript if you attended dual enrollment somewhere. Students also have to show proof of citizenship, which you can do at mtsu.edu/evea. You'll receive letters and emails about missing Admissions requirements if applicable. Get those items to us at the earliest possible time.
Transcripts issued to the student or sent via email cannot be accepted. High school and college officials can use our secure Dynamic Form to send transcripts or we accept any electronic transcript services. Official Transcripts can also be mailed to:MTSU Undergraduate Admissions SSAC 120 1301 E. Main St. Murfreesboro, TN 37132
If you need to submit new official test scores, please contact the testing agency directly to have the scores sent directly to MTSU. ACT scores can be ordered at www.act.org while SAT Scores can be ordered at www.collegeboard.org.
Provide Immunization Documents
Tennessee state law requires that all students have the following vaccinations to be a full-time college student: Varicella (Chicken Pox) – 2 doses or proof of disease and Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – 2 doses. Furthermore, all students under age 22 who will be living in on-campus housing must show proof of adequate immunization (after your 16th birthday) against meningitis prior to moving into on-campus housing. For more information, visit the mtsu.edu/healthservices.
Submit Residency Paperwork If Applicable (Out-of-State Students)
If you are classified as an out-of-state student upon admission and would like to seek options for becoming an in-state student, participating in the Academic Common Market Program, or enrolling in our Part-Time/Full-Time program, please visit https://mtsu.edu/residency. Applications for these programs should be submitted as early as possible to account for processing times (especially Academic Common Market).
Step 3: Apply for Everything!
Apply for Financial Aid by Completing the FAFSA
You'll want to do this as early as possible to be eligible for the greatest amount of funds, and you can start the FAFSA for the next school year on October 1. Visit http://fafsa.gov to get started and make sure you list MTSU as your number one school with our school code 003510. The priority deadline to complete the FAFSA for federal aid is February 1st each year. Visit the Financial Aid website at https://mtsu.edu/financial-aid/fafsa.php for more information about completing the FAFSA and verification. Once you have done your FAFSA you can complete missing requirements and view financial aid awards on PipelineMT under the Financial Aid menu.
Apply for Scholarships
Scholarships are a great way to help defray the cost of tuition, and there are many scholarship opportunities available. You can find more information about scholarships at mtsu.edu/scholarships. Scholarship deadlines vary so be sure to check the specific dates for each individual scholarship. If you have questions about scholarships contact the MT One Stop.
Apply for Housing
If you want to live on campus, which is always suggested for first-year students, make sure you apply for Housing early to get your preferred residence hall. There is a $350 pre-payment required with the application, which will be split and applied to your fall and spring bills. Visit mtsu.edu/housing for more information and to apply today.
Apply for a Meal Plan
MTSU has a variety of meal plans available to all students. You can see more about our dining options, menus, and plans at https://mtsu.campusdish.com/. Please note that first-time freshmen living on campus are automatically charged for a freshman meal plan along with Housing, so they do not need to purchase a meal plan separately.
Step 4: What Happens Next?
Attend CUSTOMS, our New Student Orientation Program
The next BIG step in your college career is to register for classes. This occurs at our new student orientation sessions called CUSTOMS. Information about CUSTOMS will be sent out in March for incoming fall students, while sessions start in late May and run through July. For students starting in the spring you'll receive information starting in October. At CUSTOMS, you meet with your academic advisor, register for classes, and learn a TON about life as a Blue Raider. Visit mtsu.edu/customs for more information.
Join the Partner in Education (PIE) Program
The Partners In Education (PIE) program is designed to strengthen the three-way partnership among the student, the family, and the University so as to maximize support of the academic success of the student. By signing up for the PIE program, students may allow designated persons access to specific academic information otherwise protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These designated persons will have access to grades and progress reports of their student members, letters concerning certain types of disciplinary dispensations, and may email the MT One Stop for other information related to their students. The program is optional, and students may withdraw permission to release information at any time. More information regarding the PIE program, including how to add PIE partners on PipelineMT, may be found at https://mtsu.edu/pie.
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What does it mean to be "True Blue"?
MTSU is 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. These words express not only the ideals the University wishes to share with its students but also our devotion to student success.