More Information About Applying to MTSU
Our Best Advice
The sooner you submit the admission application, fee, and required documents, the
sooner we can notify you about your admission status. Freshman applicants can apply
as early as the beginning of their senior year and many will receive tentative acceptance
based on their grades through the end of their junior year. Transfer applicants can
apply the semester before they intend to transfer, with tentative acceptance decisions
being made based on grades through the previous semester.
Plan ahead and follow through to make sure all of your documents arrive in a timely manner; it makes the process much easier for YOU as well as for us. (The Financial Aid and Housing Offices would also encourage you to submit their applications as early as possible!)
Read the directions.
First, read the admission requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog and the instructions that are included on the Admission Application. Second, refer to the schedule of classes for that semester. In particular, read the introductory information which includes how to register, when to register, how and when to pay your bill, and much more. A little reading will answer a lot of your questions!
Fill out the necessary paperwork.
We can't tell you if you're admitted or not without having your completed application, any necessary test scores, and official copies of your transcript(s). Likewise, we won't guess about your residency status if you haven't submitted a residency application and supporting documents. Additionally, the financial aid office will not tell you how much aid you will be eligible for if you have not provided the appropriate paperwork.
Don't be afraid to ask questions!
University faculty and staff are here to assist you. If you've read the directions but still aren't clear on how something works, call the office that handles that area and ask for clarification. MTSU is a large campus, so be prepared that not every staff member can answer every question, especially when it's a question about an activity managed by another office. If you're not sure who to ask, try calling the campus switchboard (615-898-2300) for the number of the appropriate office. Your facultyadvisor will also be an important source of information so get to know him or her.
How do I apply for admissions?
First, submit the Undergraduate Application for Admission along with the application fee.
Second, using the instructions displayed on the application for each type of student, request official transcripts and test scores for all schools or colleges you have attended. Transcripts are to be submitted to the Admissions Office address provided on the Contact Us webpage. (see “What is an official transcript” below).
Instructions are available online for freshmen, transfers, and other applicant categories. We recommend that you submit the APPLICATION FIRST before transcripts and test scores so that we can create your admission file and match all your documents to your application.
When do I apply for admission?
We recommend that students apply as early as possible. Please see Important Dates and Deadlines for Students webpage for complete information on application deadlines. Scholarships may be available to you and require earlier application deadlines.
Freshman applicants are encouraged to apply during their senior year in high school and to submit their official transcript as it stands at the point of application for admission. A final official transcript will need to be sent after you graduate.
Transfer applicants can apply during their last semester at the current college and you can request an official transcript be sent to us at that time. This will show grades earned through the previous semester and work in progress. A final official transcript will need to be sent when your grades are posted.
I previously applied, but never enrolled in classes at MTSU. Do I need to reapply?
If you previously applied to MTSU but did not actually enroll in classes, please submit a NEW application. You will not be required to pay the undergraduate application fee again.
When you get to the payment screen on your new application, stop and save your application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and date of birth to let us know you have created an application and previously paid. We will apply your previous payment to your new application.
What are the requirements for admission?
I can't check my admission status in PipelineMT. What do I do next?
Once an application for admission is submitted and processed students are able to create a PipelineMT account. Students should create their PipelineMT account as soon as possible, so they can access important information about their admission process.
Students who have not yet been accepted can also contact the Admissions Office for assistance from one of our counselors.
What is an "official" transcript?
MTSU requires official copies of transcripts and other documents as part of the admission process. An “official transcript” is one that is submitted directly to MTSU from the granting institution under that school’s sign or seal.
Transcripts issued to the student or another third party in paper, email, or fax transmission cannot be accepted as an official transcript.
Each institution has a method for requesting a transcript – please refer to your school’s website for specific instructions. Paper transcripts must come in an envelope sealed by the granting institution and opened only by our Admissions office staff. Official electronic documents can be emailed by the High School or College Registrar or through an official transcript service using the email address of email@example.com.
What is a letter of Non-Attendance?
Registration information to any college you planned to attend is reported to the National Student Clearinghouse.
If you were admitted to a college but never enrolled in classes, or you withdrew from classes prior to the start of school, a letter of nonattendance must be obtained.
For evidence that you have no transcript at any college, the Registrar at the college you were reported to have attended will issue a letter to MTSU indicating you did not attend that college during the period in question.
All letters of nonattendance must be submitted directly to MTSU from the granting institution, just like an official transcript.
Note: If you attended classes but withdrew after the start of school, you would need to request an official transcript.
I've been denied admissions, but I really want to attend MTSU. What do I do next?
If you do not understand why your application was denied, you can call the Admissions Office and speak to one of the Admission Counselors.
If you do not meet the guaranteed admission standards, you will be asked to complete a personal statement form to give us more information about your academic, extracurricular, and work histories. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell the Admissions Review Board about any factors that you would like to be considered in addition to your formal academic record when reviewing your application. The decision of the Admissions Review Board is final, but it is possible for an applicant who has been denied to re-apply at a later time after making some improvements academically.
Freshman still in high school can consider retaking the ACT or SAT to meet the guaranteed admission requirements. Depending on timing and your academic history, you may have time to raise your high school GPA to meet the requirements before the priority deadline.
Transfer applicants are encouraged to return to their current college or to a community college to work on raising their GPA (grade point average). See guaranteed admission requirements for Transfer Students. Showing improvement in the next semester will be a positive factor in reviewing your application the next time. One of the best ways to raise your GPA is to re-take classes which you previously failed -- by repeating the class and passing it, the new grade replaces the failing grade when your GPA is calculated. Consult your current college's catalog or handbook for information on repeating courses.
How do you evaluate my transfer credit from previous schools?
The Admissions Office only assesses coursework completed at other colleges or universities if no previous bachelor's degree has been earned.
After initial review of your transcripts, the Admissions Office will send you an email with instructions to view your "Transfer Evaluation" on Pipeline showing each of your courses and their equivalent MTSU courses. Our academic departments assist us in determining whether another school's course is equivalent to one at MTSU.
T.E.A.M. (Transfer Equivalencies at Middle) is a helpful guide for students and advisors which shows MTSU course equivalencies from hundreds of colleges and universities across the country. This guide is subject to change as course content changes over time. It is important for students to understand that while courses will transfer, they may or may not apply toward your degree program.
If a course does not appear in the list, then an official course equivalency has not been determined by the department yet. Courses and schools will be added to the list as official equivalencies are determined. A class listing on the T.E.A.M. website does not guarantee that it is currently offered at either school.
Can I get credit for AP, CLEP, or other tests I have taken?
How do I get credit for my military experience?
Middle Tennessee State University awards military credit two ways:
Submit a DD214 indicating time served and honorable discharge. This may give a student up to 8 elective credits. Students who have not separated from military service may submit their most recent LES statement instead of the DD214.
Submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST). Students who submit a JST are eligible for up to 52 elective credits.
Students who attended the Community College of the Air Force are required to submit an official copy of their CCAF transcript.
I have been charged out-of-state fees, but I live in Tennessee. What do I do?
The Admissions Office is charged with classifying new undergraduate students as in-state or out-of-state for fee-paying purposes, according to the guidelines established by the state legislature and the MTSU Board of Trustees. If there is any reason to question your status as a permanent resident of Tennessee, we will classify you out-of-state until we receive a completed in-state classification application and supporting documents. You can obtain a copy of the in-state classification application online or by calling the Admissions Office. The in-state classification application should be filed with the Admissions Office at least 10 days in advance of the fee payment deadline so that we will have time to process it before your fees are due.
My residency application was denied. Can I appeal that decision?
Yes, you can contact the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership at (615) 898-5812 to schedule an appeal before the In-State Classification Appeals Committee. Students appealing their residency decision have the option of meeting in person with the committee to explain their situation. You cannot contact the Appeals Committee until after your in-state classification application has been denied by the Admissions Office.
Does MTSU participate in Academic Common Market?
MTSU participates in Academic Common Market, a program that enables students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at discounted tuition rates through agreements among the states and colleges and universities. Click here to find out what programs are available through the Academic Common Market at MTSU. To learn more about the Academic Common Market program, please visit www.mtsu.edu/acm.
How can I find out more details about establishing residency in Tennessee for in-state tuition?