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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
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.