Middle Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University Student Enrollment Information

Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University is a large, public university that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Middle Tennessee State University the School for You?

Middle Tennessee State University offers post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs as well as bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The school holds specialty accreditations for its courses in nursing, dietetics and music. Read on to discover if this is the school for you.


  • Accepts a variety of alternative types of credit including CLEP, IB, DANTES, AP and military service
  • The acceptance rate is 3.2 percentage points higher than average
  • Endowment grew by 23.1% between 2010 and 2011


  • The student-faculty ratio is 20:1, which is higher than the average of 15:1
  • The 4-year graduation rate for students beginning their degrees in 2006 was 24 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

Middle Tennessee State University employs over 900 full-time faculty members, and offers eight types of bachelor's degrees and ten master's degrees in more than 30 fields. Popular majors include business management, visual and performing arts, humanities and communication.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 67% of students who applied to Middle Tennessee State University in 2012 were accepted. This is higher than the national average acceptance rate of 63.8%. Additionally, 70% of full-time, first-year students who began classes at Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 opted to stay for their sophomore year, according to the NCES.

If you are considering attending Middle Tennessee State University, you should know that the student-to-faculty ratio at the school was reported to be 20:1 in 2012, which is higher than the national average of 15:1. The NCES also reported that of those students who began their studies at the school in 2006, only 16% completed their programs within four years, which is lower than the national 4-year graduation rate of 40%.

Getting In & Financial Aid

The application fee is $25, and applicants may apply online or via mail. Students must submit official high school or college transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants who are age 21 or over are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students must provide college transcripts. The most weighted admission factors include standardized test scores, GPA and college preparatory courses. Consideration is also given to first-generation college students. Personal references, extracurricular activities and class rank are also taken into account.

Applications are rolling. The first priority deadline is February 15 for fall semester, second priority deadline for fall is July 1, and the spring deadline is December 15. However, with Middle Tennessee State University's rolling admissions deadline, applications will be considered throughout the year.

Middle Tennessee State University funds multiple financial aid programs for freshmen and transfer students. Freshmen generally do not need to apply for merit scholarships, which are typically awarded for eight semesters. Awards include Chancellor, Academic Service and Presidential Scholarships. Transfer student scholarships, such as the Phi Theta Kappa, typically have an early- to mid-February application deadline. Students could also qualify for one of the many department or alumni-related MTSU Foundation Scholarships.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) Rolling****
Application Fee (2012-2013) $25*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 67%*
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $7,210 (in-state)
$21,826 (out-of-state)***
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $10,541****
% of Students with Full Need Met (2012) 18%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $22,164****
Student Loan Default Rate (2010) 12.8%*

Life at Middle Tennessee State University

Founded in 1911, Middle Tennessee State University earned university status in 1965. This public school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school has residence halls, suites, living-learning communities and apartments if you want to live on campus. Additionally, you can pledge a sorority or fraternity and live in its house. There are also meal plans available to students as well fast food options on campus.

Middle Tennessee State University students can also utilize the Career Development Center, which offers personal and virtual assistance with job acquisition strategies and career advice. Computerized self-assessment programs, such as the Tennessee Career Information Delivery System and FOCUS, help students find potential career paths based on personality and skills. MTSU's Lightning Job Source's online job board posts employment and internship opportunities. Students can take advantage of onsite career fairs, on-campus recruiting events and resume and cover letter workshops.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting City***
Student Population (2012) 22,371 undergraduate students
3,023 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 47% to 53%*
% of Full Time Students (2012) 82%*
% of In-State Students (Fall 2011) 94%*
% of International Students (Fall 2011) 1%*
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 70% full-time student
56% part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 17%***
Extracurricular Activities 250 student clubs and organizations**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Middle Tennessee State University, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1301 E. Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
  • Phone: (615) 898-2300