Middle Tennessee State University

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School Overview

Middle Tennessee State University is a public university located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Commonly known as MT or MTSU, the school is highly regarded for its programs in music, the recording industry, aerospace and various fields of research and development. MTSU has research partnerships with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, as well as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

With eight different colleges and 35 academic departments, MTSU provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 80 fields of study. The 460-acre campus in Murfreesboro includes two apartment complexes and 13 student-housing buildings. MTSU also hosts four fraternities with chapter houses on Greek Row.

In 2009, Forbes Magazine included MTSU in the top 100 public universities in the United States. MTSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Through its online portal, MTSU now offers its students the ability to complete degrees and courses online via the Internet. The university offers various online degrees at both the bachelor’s and master’s level. It also offers teacher training, teacher certification, teacher licensure and professional development courses online.

General Information

Admission Office

1301 East Main Street

Cope Administration Building 208

Murfreesboro, TN 37132

(615) 898-2111

Fax: (615) 898-5478

Contact: Lynn Palmer

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1301 East Main Street

Murfreesboro, TN 37132

(615) 898-2300


Total undergrads: 21,252

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,456

Degree-seeking undergrads: 21,252

Graduate enrollment: 2,620


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Animal Sciences B
Plant Sciences B
Soil Science and Agronomy B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music Management/Merchandising B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B,C
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B
Purchasing/Procurement/Contracts B
Sales and Distribution B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Sales/Marketing Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology B
Engineering Technology – General B
Engineering/Industrial Management B
Environmental Engineering Technology B
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family Resource Management Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Health System Administration C
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B,C
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B
Police Science A

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Middle Tennessee State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (615) 898-2300
Website: www.mtsu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.mtsu.edu/applynow/
Address: 1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 21,721
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 44%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 13,801 (64% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,070
Out-of-state Tuition: $27,742
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,832

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Middle Tennessee State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Middle Tennessee State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 41
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 21
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 221
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 113
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 41
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12
Education 3693
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 31
English Language and Literature/Letters 111
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 241
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 23
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 23
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 331
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 31
Psychology 21
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 531
Transportation and Materials Moving 11
Visual and Performing Arts 191
Grand total 1078409

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Middle Tennessee State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,070
Out-of-state $27,742
Books and supplies $1,260

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,350
Out-of-state $26,172

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,736 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,611 91% $8,832
Student loan aid 1,340 47% $5,768

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 14,738 77% $8,064
Federal student loans 8,649 45% $6,339

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Middle Tennessee State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Middle Tennessee State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 8,973 4,160 4,813
Percent admitted 100% 93% 94%
Percent admitted who enrolled 37% 40% 34%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Middle Tennessee State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 21,721
Undergraduate enrollment 19,461
Graduate enrollment 2,260

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Middle Tennessee State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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