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 1110 (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 990 (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 or present a GED test score of 450 or higher or a HiSET test score of 10 or higher. 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.


Honors Admissions

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:

  • 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.  

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.

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 COMPASS 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 COMPASS 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, COMPASS 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 COMPASS test for any of the reasons listed above, the Admissions Office will notify you. The COMPASS 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 COMPASS test session prior to registration. For more information about the test's content, please contact the MTSU University Studies Office, (615) 898-2568.

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