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First-time Freshmen

Admission to MTSU for first-time freshmen is straightforward; there are two possible paths--guaranteed admission and admission by review:

For guaranteed admission, applicants must have completed the recommended college preparatory courses and must present one of the following:

  • 3.0 GPA, OR
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent), OR
    • Prior to March 2016- SAT score of 1020 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • March 2016 & future tests- SAT score of 1100 (Critical Reading & Math)
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA plus ACT score of 19 (or SAT equivalent)
    • Prior to March 2016- SAT score of 900 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • March 2016 & future tests- SAT score of 980 (Critical Reading & Math)

The student’s diploma/ transcript must reflect a distribution of college preparatory courses, similar to the core elements of the Tennessee High School Diploma. A sample of suggested courses and units are displayed below:

Suggested Academic Units:

Subject Units
English 4
Algebra (Algebra I and Algebra II) 2
Geometry or higher 1
Additional unit of math 1
Natural Science 3
United States History 1
European; World History; or World Geography      1
Single Foreign Language 2
Visual and Performing Arts 1


Admission by review 
- Students who don't meet the requirements for guaranteed admission can still be considered for conditional admission through a review process. Students will be asked to submit a personal statement form. A review committee will assess the personal statement and take into consideration the student's potential for success by evaluating factors such as high school course work, honors or advanced placement, dual credit, and extenuating circumstances.

  • Graduates of Unapproved or Unaccredited High Schools

    Applicants who graduate from unapproved or unaccredited high schools in Tennessee can be considered for admission through the review process. These students must achieve an ACT composite score of 22 or higher (SAT score of 1100) or present a GED test score of 450 or higher or a HiSET test score of 10 or higher. Students under the age of 21 are required to submit a valid ACT or SAT test score. The review will include GED or HiSET credentials as well as other special interests, skills, and non-academic factors as explained on the personal statement form which can be completed at the point of application. 

How to apply

  1. Complete the undergraduate application for admission online by the appropriate deadline.
  2. Submit the $25 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Submit the official ACT or SAT scores.
  4. Transcripts should be sent to MTSU Office of Admissions, 1301 East Main Street, SSAC 120, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.

 

 

Regional Scholars Program

The MTSU Regional Scholars Program allows select non-Tennessee resident students who live within approximately 250 miles and meet specific academic requirements to attend MTSU at a greatly reduced rate and qualify for the Freshman Academic Merit Scholarships. 

Academic Assessment Placement Testing Requirements

As a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system, MTSU administers the Academic Assessment Placement Testing in accordance with the following TBR guidelines:

  • Freshmen applicants who will be 21 years of age or older at the time of admission are required to undergo assessment for each area or may elect to provide official ACT/SAT scores from tests that have been taken within five years prior to the first day of the first term of enrollment.
  • Incoming freshmen will initially be placed in prescribed courses according to valid ACT/SAT scores. Those with ACT scores less than 18 (SAT of 450 or less) in English have the option to verify their academic placement by taking the Accuplacer test. Those who have a test score of less than 19 (SAT of 460 or less) in Mathematics & Reading have the option to verify their academic placement by taking the Accuplacer test for placement purposes; otherwise, these students will be placed in appropriate courses. Permissible test scores are less than three years old on the first day of class. If students choose to verify their academic placement, Accuplacer testing is required before students come to CUSTOMS and before they are allowed to register for classes.
  • Transfer students who have not earned credits in college-level, algebra-based mathematics or college-level English will be assessed based on valid ACT/SAT scores or the MTSU Academic Assessment Placement Test.

If required to take the Accuplacer test for any of the reasons listed above, the Admissions Office will notify you. The Accuplacer test assists in course placement and will require some students to enroll in prescribed courses as additions to their degree programs.

The applicant is responsible for signing up for a Accuplacer test session prior to registration. For more information about the test's content, please contact the MTSU University Studies Office, (615) 898-2568.

Transfer Students

An undergraduate applicant who previously has registered at any college or university since high school graduation must apply as a transfer student

MTSU also offers a Dual Admissions program for students at select Tennessee community colleges. This is a structured pathway for progressing from an associate's degree directly to a bachelor's.

International Students 

 

How to apply

To be considered for international admissions, students must:

  1. Complete the application for admission and pay the $30 application fee.
  2. Send official transcripts from all academic institutions attended to MTSU International Admissions, 1301 East Main Street, MTSU Box 120, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
  3. Send official copy of language scores.
  4. Provide appropriate documents for the following:
      1. Proof of financial support
      2. Proper health forms with proof of vaccinations
      3. Copy of passport showing expiration
      4. Copy of pages 1-3 of your I-20 (if you are currently attending schools in the U.S.)
      5. Transfer Verification Form (if you are currently attending schools in the U.S.)

 

Students with additional questions about International Admissions should contact the Office of International Affairs.

Graduate Students

 To learn more about applying for graduate study, visit the College of Graduate Studies.

Re-Enrolling Students

Undergraduate students previously enrolled at MTSU who are ready to return after an interruption of at least one semester (excluding summer term) will need to submit a re-enrollment application in order to be activated. Details for undergraduates continue below.

Graduate  students who wish to return to MTSU should contact the College of Graduate Studies at (615) 898-2840 or graduate@mtsu.edu for assistance with re-enrollment.

Eligibility standards

Re-admission is not automatic. Whether a person's application for re-admission will be approved depends on whether that individual has attended another college or university since last attending MTSU, as well as the cumulative college GPA. 

The applications of those who have not attended any other college or university since last attending MTSU will be approved if any one of the following statements is true:

  • The individual was not on suspension when he/she left MTSU.
  • The individual was suspended at the end of the last MTSU term, but the term of that suspension has been served.
  • The individual was suspended at the end of the last MTSU term, but has successfully appealed the suspension through the Records Office.

The applications of those who have attended another college or university since last attending will be approved if any of the following statements is true:

  • The cumulative college GPA on all college work attempted is at least a 2.00.
  • The individual was suspended at the end of the last MTSU term, but since then has completed a minimum of 12 hours at another college/university with at least a 2.00 GPA on those hours. If the cumulative GPA on all work remains below a 2.00, the individual will be re-admitted on probation.
  • The cumulative college GPA on all college work is less than a 2.00, but the individual has not enrolled in any college/university for the twelve preceding months. If this is the case, you are eligible for re-admission on probation.

How to apply

  1. Complete the re-enrollment application for admission online by the appropriate deadline.
  2. If you have attended any college or university since leaving MTSU, request to have your OFFICIAL transcripts sent to MTSU Office of Admissions, 1301 East Main Street, SSAC 120, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
  3. No application fee is required.

Dual Enrollment

The MTSU Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to take college classes before they graduate. Learn more about this program at their website!

Transient Students

A student enrolled at another institution who intends to visit MTSU for one semester’s worth of coursework with intentions of transferring back to their home institution.

To meet Guaranteed Admission requirements, transient students must currently have a 2.0 or higher overall GPA. 

Applicants who do not meet the standards above, but who wish to be considered for admission to MTSU can fill out a personal statement form for consideration by the Admissions Review Board.

How to apply

To be considered for admission, transient students must:

  1. Complete the application for admission and pay the $25 application fee. Students who have previously applied and paid the application fee do not need to submit a second application fee. These students need to contact the Undergraduate Admissions office to update their application. Students should select the Bachelor Degree Transfer application and indicate that their planned course of study is “Non-Degree Undergraduate” as a Transient student.
  2. Send official transcript from home institution to MTSU Office of Admissions, 1301 East Main Street,SSAC 120,Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
    1. Registration at MTSU includes pre-requisite checking which may require validation of course completion. The submission of a college transcript provides proof of successful completion of pre-requisite course(s) so any course completed prior to current college(s) may need a transcript to be provided as well for registration. 
    2. Send Personal Statement if applicable

It will take 2-3 weeks from the date the last piece of documentation is received for a decision to be made on the student's file. 


Make sure you complete the Transient Student Checklist to complete the enrollment process!

Notes

Students should check with their home institution to confirm transfer of credits.

Post Baccalaureate Students

Students wishing to seek an additional bachelor degree or take undergraduate coursework need to apply as transfer students.

 

Adult Degree Completion Program

MTSU offers the largest Adult Degree Completion Program in Tennessee. You can finish your degree, go to college for the first time, and many more options through this program, as well as earning University credit for what you've already learned. 

 

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Types of non-degree students include the following:

Adult Special

Students 21 or older who do not wish to seek a degree but do seek academic credit. Maximum of 16 hours; other restrictions apply; see catalog.

Audit

Any person over 18 years of age who wishes to take courses but receive no credit. 

60+/Disabled Audit

Students who are 60 or older or are permanently disabled can audit courses for no charge. Additional details provided in the catalog.

65+/Disabled Credit

Students who are 65 or older or are permanently disabled can take courses for credit at a minimum registration fee not to exceed $70. Students can also seek a degree with this program. Additional details provided in the catalog.

Early Admission

High ability high school students (3.5 GPA & 27 ACT) and/ or on Individualized Education Program. 

How to apply

To be considered for admissions, students must:

  1. Complete the application for admission and pay the $25 application fee. Students who have previously applied and paid the application fee do not need to submit a second application by the appropriate deadline. These students need to contact the Undergraduate Admissions office to update their application.
  2. Send official transcripts from high school and all colleges/universities attended to MTSU Office of Admissions, 1301 East Main Street,SSAC 120, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
    1. The high school transcript requirement will be waived if the student graduated prior to 1989 or has earned a bachelor's degree.
    2. Concealment of previous college or university attendance may be cause for rejection, cancellation of admissions, or dismissal of the student.
    3. Send Personal Statement if applicable

It will take 2-3 weeks from the date the last piece of documentation is received for a decision to be made on the student's file.

Honors College Admission

Applicants who meet the conditions outlined below and are accepted into the University receive Honors Admission status and are eligible to enroll in classes through the University's Honors College:

First Time Freshman

  • ACT composite score of 25 (or SAT equivalent) AND
    • Prior to March 2016- SAT score of 1130 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • March 2016 & future tests- SAT score of 1220 (Critical Reading & Math)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5.  

Transfer

  • A minimum college GPA of 3.25 (minimum 12 hours)

Students who receive Honors Admission status may choose to register for special Honors courses or Honors sections of general studies classes. They may also choose to participate in the Honors Student Association and related extracurricular activities.

Students who are granted Honors Admission status are also eligible to file for formal status within the Honors College, which will qualify the student for priority registration and other privileges of the Honors College. To pursue this formal status within the Honors College, the student must file the Honors College Priority Registration Request Form, must participate in Honors Advising each semester, must complete two or more Honors Courses each term, and must participate in the writing of an Honors Thesis in the senior year. Formal admission to the Honors College does not automatically qualify out-of-state students a scholarship to cover their out-of-state tuition and fees.

For more information about the Honors College at MTSU and about Honors College scholarship opportunities, please contact the Dean of the Honors College, Box 267, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, or call (615) 898-2152.

Homeschool Students

MTSU offers a variety of resources and involvement opportunities for homeschool students to be successful in their college career. 

 

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E-mail | admissions@mtsu.edu
Phone | 615-898-2233

Student Services & Admissions Center, Room 120
1301 E. Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132