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Founded on September 11, 1911, Middle Tennessee State University is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing public university in central Tennessee. For the past six years, MTSU has been the number one college choice of midstate high school valedictorians and salutatorians in an independent survey.

The University has a
long history of and commitment to educating middle Tennesseans. With a current enrollment of over 21,000 students, MTSU educates more people in this region than any other school. More than 90 percent of students are Tennessee residents, and the majority remain in middle Tennessee after graduation. Of almost 70,000 alumni, approximately 77 percent live in Tennessee.

Since its establishment, the University has changed considerably, growing from a 100-acre campus with 125 students and 19 faculty to a 500-acre campus with more than 750 faculty members.

A comprehensive university, MTSU offers more than 140 undergraduate programs in its five academic colleges Basic and Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts, and Mass Communication and some 65 graduate programs, including doctoral degrees.

Middle Tennessee State University has revised its comprehensive, institution-wide Academic Master Plan to achieve three primary objectives: attainment of notable academic quality, development of a student-centered learning environment, and establishment of partnerships with institutions and businesses.

A teachers college in its earliest days, MTSU still educates more teachers than any other school in Tennessee. The University also has one of the largest recording industry programs in the nation; strong programs in business, aerospace, and agriscience; and a nationally recognized graduate program in public history.

Among the University's graduates are a Nobel Laureate; a National Teacher of the Year; a U.S. Senator; U.S. Congress members; state legislators; scientists; artists; engineers; and Grammy, Emmy, and Peabody award winners.

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