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Fax: 615-898-5303

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Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Campus Box 71, 1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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Driving Directions

From Nashville

  1. Take I-24E to Murfreesboro exit 78B.
  2. Merge onto Old Fort Parkway (Hwy 96E) and drive 2.1 miles.
  3. Turn right onto Broad Street (US-41S/70S).
  4. Drive 0.4 miles and turn left onto West Main Street.
  5. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Old Main Circle (MTSU entrance).


  1. Take I-24E to Murfreesboro exit 76.
  2. Turn left onto Medical Center Parkway and proceed for 4 miles to Memorial Blvd.
  3. Turn left on Memorial and go .5 miles to Clark Blvd.
  4. Turn right on E. Clark and drive for 1.1 miles. (Street name changes to Middle Tennessee Blvd.)
  5. Proceed 1.1 miles to East Main Street and turn left.
  6. Make an immediate left onto Old Main Circle (MTSU entrance).

From Knoxville

  1. Take I-40W to Nashville/Lebanon and exit onto 840W.
  2. Take Murfreesboro/Smyrna (US-41S/ 70S) exit 55A.
  3. Merge onto US-41S/ 70S (Broad Street).
  4. Drive 4.5 miles and turn left onto W. Main Street, proceed through the town square to E. Main Street.
  5. Proceed 1.5 miles on E. Main Street, cross Middle Tennessee Blvd., and take the first left onto Old Main Circle ( MTSU entrance).

From Chattanooga

  1. Take I-24W toward Nashville.
  2. Take Murfreesboro exit 81.
  3. At the red light, turn right onto Church Street (US-231N).
  4. Drive 0.9 miles and turn right onto Middle Tennessee Blvd.
  5. Drive 1.9 miles and turn right onto Main Street.
  6. Take an immediate left onto Old Main Circle (MTSU entrance).

From Columbia

  1. Take I-65N to TN 840E exit 59.
  2. Take exit 53A onto I-24E towards Chattanooga.
  3. Take either exit 76 or exit 78B and follow the directions from Nashville above.

From Memphis

  1. Take I-40E to Nashville and then I-440 to I-24E.
  2. Continue using directions from Nashville above to Murfreesboro and MTSU.

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