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Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

Middle Tennessee State University, founded in 1911, is a comprehensive, public university. It is the number-one choice of valedictorians and salutatorians in the midstate area. An increasing emphasis on scholarships reflects a commitment to research and public service, activities which expand human knowledge and enhance the quality of life. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences, Business, Education, Liberal Arts, and Mass Communication. A comprehensive university, MTSU offers an extensive range of programs, including an Honors College that attract students nationally and internationally. The student body includes adult learners as well as persons of traditional college age. Its 500-acre campus is located in Murfreesboro, 30 miles southeast of Nashville.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students20,140
   Women10,816 (53.7%)
   Men9,324 (46.3%)
Graduate Students2,371


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate73% of 8,164 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.41
SAT Math450-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading480-630 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite19-25 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $24,118
Out-of-state: $42,118
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $8,610
Out-of-state: $26,610
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met65%
Average Freshman Award$10,478
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes


Murfreesboro Population114,038
Nearest Metropolitan AreaNashville
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 36% of freshmen, 15% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.8% Asian
22.2% Black/African-American
4.6% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.5% White
0.5% Unknown
International Students2.9%
First-Year Students Returning 
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.26 3.57 430 640 24
Low 1.90 2.80 430 640 14
High 4.00 4.50 430 640 32
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• MTSU's Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia is renowned for identifying and treating dyslexia in children.

• An MTSU professor was one of the few anthropologists asked to examine Kennewick Man, a 9,300-year-old skeleton found in Kennewick, Washington.

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