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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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 20,140
   Women 10,816 (53.7%)
   Men 9,324 (46.3%)
Graduate Students 2,371
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 73% of 8,164 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.41
SAT Math 450-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 480-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 19-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay       X
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $24,118
Out-of-state: $42,118
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $8,610
Out-of-state: $26,610
  Room and Board $8,850
Average Percent of Need Met 65%
Average Freshman Award $10,478
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Not reported
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 918
Regular Class Size 2-9 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 Population 114,038
Nearest Metropolitan Area Nashville
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 36% of freshmen, 15% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Lightning
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 Students 2.9%
First-Year Students Returning  
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 19.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported