International Affairs

About MTSU

The Rankings of Middle Tennessee State University
  • Ranked #47 by Forbes in their ranking of America's College Best Buys among all institutions, both public and private.
  • Ranked #1 among public universities in Tennessee
  • Ranked in the top 250 among American universities in U.S News & World Report
  • 2nd largest and fastest growing in Tennessee with a student body of over 25,000.

Brief History

  • Founded in 1911 as one of three state normal schools for teacher training.
  • Became State Teachers College in 1925 and Bachelor of Science degree was offered.
  • In 1936, Bachelor of Arts degree was added.
  • Became State College in 1943. Graduate school added in 1951. Advanced to university status in 1965.
  • MTSU is a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution.
  • There are 36 academic departments and over 74% of the faculties have terminal degrees.
  • MTSU is a comprehensive, public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Basic and Applied Sciences, Behavioral & Health Sciences, Business,  Education,Liberal Arts, and Mass Communication.


  • 137 permanent buildings (not including rentals, farm buildings, airport buildings, foundation buildings, farm manager home, and housing home)
  • 4.1 Million square feet
  • 504 acres
  • one mile from the geographic center of Tennessee

Famous Alumni

  • James M. Buchanan, Ph.D. ('40)
    1986 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences
    George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Rep. Bart Gordon ('71)
    Washington, DC
  • Terry Weeks ('72, '74)
    National Teacher of the Year, 1988
    Currently an MTSU faculty member
  • The late, former Sen. Albert Gore Sr. ('32)
    Carthage, TN

About Murfreesboro

  • Murfreesboro is located just 30 minutes southeast of Nashville and is convenient to many places. It is the geographic center of Tennessee, east to west and north to south.
  • MTSU is the second largest employer in Murfreesboro.
  • The city is blessed with a pleasant, moderate weather. The average summer temperature is 25°C, and the average winter temperature is 2°C.
  • Established as the town of Cannonsburgh, the city was renamed Murfreesboro after the Revolutionary War hero, Colonel Hardy Murfree. The city was the capital of Tennessee from 1818 to 1826.
  • Murfreesboro's rich history is its biggest attraction and is evident in the many historical landmarks, especially the Stones River National Battlefield. The old structures blend with the modern buildings giving visitors a taste of the Old Southern charm with the amenities of a modern city.