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Middle Tennessee State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree programs Middle Tennessee State University offers. Research its academics and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Middle Tennessee State University

Located in Murfreesboro, TN, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was founded in 1911 as a normal school for the training of teachers. It became a 4-year college in 1925 and was granted university status in 1965. MTSU has several nationally recognized programs, including those in concrete management, aerospace engineering, and the recording industry. The university houses one of the largest sheet music collections in the country in its Center for Popular Music and also sponsors the Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame.


MTSU's 6 degree-granting colleges include the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Mass Communication, College of Education, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, and the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. The College of Basic and Applied Sciences is the largest of the undergraduate colleges in declared majors; it also offers 6 master's programs and 1 doctoral program. Its 10 departments cover the basic sciences as well as applied programs, such as computer science, agriculture, and aerospace technology.

The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences is the newest of MTSU's colleges, conferring degrees in health, mental health, and human services. Within this college are programs in criminal justice administration, health and human performance, psychology, social work, nursing, and human sciences. Since MTSU's founding as a school for teachers, the commitment to preparing instructors has remained in the College of Education. The Jennings A. Jones College of Business received accreditation from AACSB International in 2004 and boasts one of the largest full-time faculty staffs in the country.

The College of Liberal Arts hosts a majority of the general education core as well as 10 departments with more than 3,600 undergraduate students. Several centers are part of this college, including the Center for Historic Preservation; the Albert Gore Research Center; the University Writing Center; the Mineral, Gem, and Fossil Museum; and the Forensic Institute for Research and Education. The College of Mass Communication is the only such school in the U.S. to offer a recording industry program and mass communication programs in the same institution. This provides students interested in the music industry access to training in other fields, such as public relations.


MTSU recognizes credit from AP and CLEP exams as well as military service; interested applicants can check the website for a listing of other accepted tests. The deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1, and first priority deadline for fall admittance is February 15; second priority deadline is July 1. The spring semester deadline is December 15.

Graduate students have different admission requirements, including GPA requirements. Each graduate applicant should submit his or her college transcripts, graduate admissions test scores, and 3 letters of recommendation along with his or her online application and $35 application fee.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As a public university, MTSU has different tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students. It also has different rates for undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers scholarships; students can contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn about other financial resources.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, post-graduate certificate, master's degree, doctoral degree**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize city**
Student Body 26,442 students (23,415 undergraduate)**
Student Housing 21 residence halls and apartment buildings available on campus*
Schools 6 degree-conferring colleges*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
- Bachelor's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (305)
- Master's: Education curriculum and instruction (199)
- Doctoral: Health and physical education/fitness, general (8)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates - 16% in 4 years
- 46% in 6 years
- 51% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 70% of fall 2011 applicants**
Entering Class Size 5,948 (fall 2011)**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2010-11:
- 70% of full-time students
- 58% of part-time students**
SAT Range of Middle 50% of Admitted Students In 2011:
- 400-510 in critical reading
- 360-570 in math**
Undergraduate Application Due Date - For fall admittance, first priority deadline: February 15
- For spring admittance, general application deadline: December 15*
Decision Notification Date Within 1 month of application*
Tuition - $6,754 for in-state undergraduate students
- $20,458 for out-of-state undergraduate students
(per year for 2011-12; figure includes tuition and accompanying fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11:
- Federal grants (49%)
- State and local grants (80%)
- Institutional grants/scholarships (21%)
- Federal loans (51%)
- Other student loans (1%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 95% in 2010-11**

Sources: *Middle Tennessee State University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

Contact Information

  • Address: 209 Cope Administration Building, 1301 E. Main Street, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
  • Phone Number: (615) 898-2111 or (800) 331-MTSU
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