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Middle Tennessee State University

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    Murfreesboro, TN
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  • Summary

    The students, faculty and administration at Middle Tennessee State University work in concert to create a welcoming experience for anyone who sets foot on campus.

    MTSU students get along exceptionally well with the school administration, whom they find to truly care about student needs. Although still largely a commuter school, students agree that there’s plenty to get involved in on campus, if one just takes the time to find the club or team that’s right for them. Academically, MTSU offers exciting programs, unique to the Tennessee area music scene, most notably the

    Recording Industry department. Classes are large and parking is notoriously bad; so students say they have to leave extra time to find a spot, get to class, and find a good seat. Since tuition is relatively affordable, students are able to explore other opportunities such as traveling abroad and taking advantage of living within driving distance of such great American destinations as Nashville and Atlanta.

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    Class of 2014

    The city of Murfreesboro was built around MTSU. It is a fairly large city, in the top 10 by population in the state of TN. Therefore, when you leave campus, you are surrounded by signs, colors, and a variety of people. Also, it is not far from the state capitol, Nashville, and with a short 30-45 minute drive, you can have access to all that it has to offer also. In Murfreesboro, there is a million different places to eat. Most students frequent the movie theaters, bowling alleys, and night clubs. Especially the night clubs. Also, it is amazing at how connected the campus is to the surrounding community. MTSU students are frequently connected by completing various community service and voluntary acts around town. Citizens are constant visitors to the campus for athletic tail gating, games, and key note speakers. It feels like high school but on a bigger scale and with less drama.
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  • Additional Info

    In 1909 the Tennessee Legislature enacted the General Education Bill that established three colleges in the state, including MTSU. The school’s official founding was in 1911 under the name Middle Tennessee Normal School, as a state college.

    It began as a two-year training program for teachers that eventually evolved into a four-year college that granted Bachelors of Science. In 1936 the Bachelor of Arts program was added.

    In 1965 the school advanced to university status and its name likewise changed, to Middle Tennessee State University. In 1986 James McGill Buchanan, class of 1940, received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, becoming the first MTSU alumnus to be awarded the honor.

    Middle Tennessee State University sits on 466 acres east of downtown Murfreesboro. The school’s oldest building, Kirksey Old Main, is at the north end of the quad and features the red brick and white columns often seen on campus buildings.

    The quad is the center of the campus and surrounding it are the school’s key historic buildings. West of it are Rutledge Hall, the James Union Building, and Lyon and Monohan Halls. To the east are Jones Hall, Todd Hall, the Wiser-Patten Science Hall/Davis Science Building, and Smith Hall. The campus is rectangular in shape, and borders the main Murfreesboro roads.

    Newer structures include the Keathley University Center, Photography Building, Ned McWherter Learning Resources Center, John Bragg Mass Communications Building, and the campus’s newest building, the Paul W. Martin, Sr. Honors College.

    Middle Tennessee State is essentially in the center of Tennessee (1.6 km from the state’s geographic center) in the town of Murfreesboro, which has been called one of the fastest growing cities in the country. MTSU is the largest state school in Tennessee and its presence has certainly helped shape the city’s overall character.

    About 30 minutes southeast of Nashville, Murfreesboro offers bars and restaurants for students to visit but generally students say they like to get out and explore beyond the immediate area for entertainment. Nashville is close by, Chattanooga about an hour and a half away, and Atlanta is around three hours from the school. Murfreesboro is, however, one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

    Several MTSU traditions are Greek-sponsored events while others are student-organized. Every year the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity puts on Miss MTSU & Miss Middle Tennessee Blue Raider. It is a scholarship competition that crowns two winners to receive scholarships and is also a preliminary to the Miss American Scholarship Pageant.

    Another fun Greek gradation is the NPHC Step Show, put on by the National Panhellenic Council. Held every Homecoming, people from all over Tennessee attend a step showcase put on by members of the Greek system and local high schools.

    Another time-honored tradition is the Student Government Association’s Homecoming activities. It is a chance for all members of the MTSU community to celebrate their school and show off their Blue Raider Pride. The school is covered in blue and there is a banner competition, horseshoe competition, chili cook-off, parade, and pep rally.

    Bill Boner (1967) is a former mayor of Nashville and US Congressman.

    James M. Buchanan (1940) won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economics.

    George S. Clinton (1969) is a Hollywood composer best known for the music in the Austin Powers films.

    Brice Long (1993) is a country music singer and songwriter.

    Terry Weeks (1972) was the 1988 National Teacher of the Year of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

    The MTSU Blue Raiders are a Division I team in the Sun Belt Conference. In 2001, their football program set the highest-scoring NCAA Division I-A football game in history when they defeated the University of Idaho 70-58. MTSU retained that record until 2003.

    The women’s basketball team brings many fans out to their games. In the 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 seasons they won the Sun Belt Conference and received a bid to the NCAA women’s tournament. They were defeated both seasons in the second round.

    Popular intramurals at MTSU are basketball, dodgeball, football, soccer, and volleyball.

    Muhammad Yunus, a former assistant professor of economics, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

    MTSU has its own police force but is also under the Murfreesboro police’s jurisdiction.

    Middle Tennessee State’s residence halls include Beaseley, Clement, Corlew, Cummings, Deere Felder, Gore, Gracy, Judd, Lyon, Miss Mary, McHenry, Monohan, Nicks, Reynolds, Rutledge, Schardt, Sims, Smith, Wood.