Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University

Founded in 1911, Middle Tennessee State University is an American university located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents System, one of the two higher education systems in Tennessee. The MTSU campus sits on an area of 466 acres and has more than 100 buildings.

MTSU offers various degrees programs and certificates in diverse areas of study. The university is divided into seven colleges, which include:

  • College of Basic and Applied Sciences
  • College of Education and Behavioral Science
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Mass Communication
  • Jennings A. Jones College of Business
  • University Honors College

MTSU's sports teams are known as Blue Raiders. Their official mascot is a blue winged horse named Lightning.

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Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro , TN 37132
General Phone: (615) 898-2300

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Middle Tennessee State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts876foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, international relations, ...
Business and Management808business management, accounting, accounting and related services, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, finance, MIS, marketing, fashion merchandising ...
Education and Teaching432curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, early childhood education, teacher education, art education, business teaching, foreign language teaching, ...
Media316mass communication, recording arts tech
Music315music, music management
Science209biology, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling199psychology, organizational psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy166parks and recreation management, health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer
Nursing and Emergency Medicine137registered nursing
Family and Social Work133family and consumer science, family resource management, food and nutrition, social work
Transportation127aviation tech, aviation operations
Security and Law Enforcement94criminal justice and administration
Engineering73engineering management
Drama and Performing Arts46drama
Construction Trades44apparel and textiles
Engineering Technician43engineering technology, electronics tech, industrial tech
Art Studies42art studies
Animal Science and Care40animal science
Computer Science and Engineering27computer science
Agricultural Science and Management26agricultural operations
Design20interior design
Landscaping and Horticulture15plant sciences
Real Estate and Construction Management13construction management
Office and Administration9office management
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy
Fine Arts6art history and criticism
Medical Administration0health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for Middle Tennessee State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,54761
Master's degree60633
Post-master's certificate822
Postbaccalaureate certificate44
Doctor's degree156

Middle Tennessee State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Middle Tennessee State University had a total enrollment of 23,246 students (20,662 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 14%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 23%
20-21 26%
22-24 25%
25-29 13%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Middle Tennessee State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 68 %

Middle Tennessee State University Room and Board (2007)

Middle Tennessee State University offers campus housing for 2,925 of its 20,662 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Murfreesboro, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Middle Tennessee State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450580
SAT Math450580
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Middle Tennessee State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,700
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,592
Room and board $ 6,453
Room charge $ 3,876
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,577
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,800

Financial Aid:
Middle Tennessee State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 351000)

Middle Tennessee State University Faculty

Middle Tennessee State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track8291
Non-tenured and not on tenure track8398

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year3$76,9071*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year192$84,070104$79,096
Associate professoracademic year142$66,58494$60,991
Assistant professoracademic year108$52,521124$52,643
Instructoracademic year35$33,35855$36,445
All faculty totalacademic year477$68,000377$59,659

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Middle Tennessee State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Sun Belt Conference
Basketball Sun Belt Conference
Baseball Sun Belt Conference
Track Sun Belt Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports237093

Middle Tennessee State University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Engineering/Industrial Management

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies
Recording Arts Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management


Music Management and Merchandising
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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