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