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Middle Tennessee State University 
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Founded September 11, 1911, Middle Tennessee State University is proud of its more than 110-year commitment to academic excellence and student success. A large regional university with a national reputation, MTSU is a top choice for transfer students, veterans and adult learners in Tennessee.  


MTSU is located on more than 500 acres in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, just 35 miles from downtown Nashville, and offers more than 300 programs of study ( at the bachelor’s, master's, specialist and doctoral levels and hundreds of student organizations and clubs. It's also the largest contributor to the workforce in Middle Tennessee.  


With more than $1.5 billion invested in new and remodeled infrastructure in the last decade, MTSU students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and resources that can't be matched. 

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From a 500-acre agriculture lab minutes away from campus to new state-of-the-art recording studios to a multi-million-dollar School of Concrete and Construction Management building, MTSU has it all.  


The university also offers guaranteed academic scholarships for first-time freshmen and incoming transfer students (  

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Devoted to Student Success

With around 20,000 students, MTSU prides itself on its small-town feel.  


"It sounds really cliche,́ but MTSU really is a large school that provides a small school atmosphere," explained University Registrar Dr. Tyler Henson. "We pride ourselves in providing as much personal attention to students as possible so they don't feel like a number or get lost in the crowd." 


In its continued dedication to student success, the university has developed a range of integrated initiatives that ensure every student who comes to MTSU with the drive to succeed will be met with the best instruction from professors and services from dedicated administrators who care about their success. 



For example, the MT One Stop is a one-stop shop where students can get help with enrollment, registration, financial aid, tutoring, billing, transcripts and more.  

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Located on the second floor of the Student Services and Admissions Center, students and potential students can schedule an in-person appointment or meet with an enrollment coordinator virtually.  


Besides the MT One Stop, MTSU offers free tutoring, a student food pantry, counseling services and more.  


"Students have enough to worry about on a daily basis, so anywhere we can cut down on their time and stress, we like to do so. That's why free tutoring and counseling are important resources to have on campus," Henson said.  

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Academic Excellence and Affordability 

In 2023, for a fifth consecutive year, MTSU was named one of the top 389 universities in the United States by The Princeton Review, only one of five institutions in the state to make the list.  


"We are pleased that The Princeton Review continues to acknowledge the sustained excellence of our university, as well as the exceptional work by our faculty and staff in serving our students," MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said of the honor.  


When interviewed by The Princeton Review, students noted things like: 


■ MTSU takes the time to "foster an environment of care for each and every student."  

■ "At a school as large as MTSU, you see all types (of students) from different ends of the spectrum," and everyone "is very open to whoever comes into the school." 

 ■ Another student noted the university's friendliness. "No matter who they are," people at MTSU are "extremely friendly and inclusive."  


 As one of the most affordable universities across Tennessee, MTSU's tuition is just under $10,000 per year for full-time, in-state students. More than 75% of MTSU’s students receive financial aid, 53% of students graduate debt-free and 1 in 6 graduates in the greater Nashville area are MTSU alums, making the university the top provider to the region's workforce with more than 70,000 alumni living in the region. Since its founding, MTSU has welcomed more than 165,000 people into its alumni family.  


"MTSU offers a fantastic opportunity for people in Middle Tennessee to get a world-class education in their own backyard. Keeping tuition affordable is key to that opportunity and important to the local economy because so many of our students end up staying right here in the area once they graduate,” Henson said. “We have students who come from all over the world to take part in our signature programs, but serving the Middle Tennessee area is a core component of the university. It's important to make sure getting an education at MTSU is accessible to those who live here." 


If you're interested in learning more about MTSU, you can schedule a visit online at or speak to someone in the MT One Stop by calling 615-898-2111 or visiting

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Institution Overview 


Type of Institution: Public 
Undergraduate Enrollment: 17,668 
Total Enrollment: 20,183 
Student Faculty Ratio: 17:1 
Average Freshman Retention Rate: 77% 
Application Deadline: Rolling 
2023-2024 Tuition: $9,754 in-state, $29,946 out-of-state 

*Special discounted tuition for out-of-state students who live within a 250-mile radius of MTSU or anywhere within the eight states bordering Tennessee. Guaranteed academic scholarships are available. 


Middle Tennessee State University 
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132 

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