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Welcome to the ‘Boro!

New students quickly learn that they’re also part of Murfreesboro, whose people reach out to students and make them feel at home. And many students reciprocate by engaging in the civic life of the city.

Living in Murfreesboro means you’re in the middle of it all—at the geographic center of the state. (There’s even a monument to prove it.) The city is within comfortable driving distance of other cities across Tennessee and neighboring states.

Murfreesboro is a growing city of more than 100,000. It offers a vibrant quality of life that led Rolling Stone magazine to call it “a surprisingly hip town.” Murfreesboro is in Rutherford County, the fastest growing county in the state. Its booming economy ranked first in the nation just a few years ago.

WalletHub.com, a digital information resource for consumers and small businesses, recently ranked Murfreesboro number 49 out of 280 municipalities across the nation as part of its recently released “Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America.” Murfreesboro was the highest-rated college town in the state of Tennessee and among the top 20 percent of ranked cities. In a subranking for medium-size cities (population 100,000 to 300,000), Murfreesboro came in at an impressive number 11 out of 149, beating out cities such as Wilmington, North Carolina; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Madison, Wisconsin.

WalletHub.com analyzed 23 metrics such as the quality of higher education, crime rates, and the cost of living in compiling its ranking, which was exclusive to cities and towns with a university or college population of at least 10,000 students. According to WalletHub.com financial writer Richard Barnardo, it’s important for a prospective student to not only look at an institution’s intellectual environment but also the city or town the student will call home away from home for several years.

MTSU by the
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Icon of person's profileThere are three Nobel Prize winners associated with MTSU. The actual Nobel medal awarded to 1940 graduate James M. Buchanan, a pioneering economist, is on permanent loan to the University.


Camera iconAbout 40 College of Media and Entertainment students worked at the internationally acclaimed Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival through a partnership with organizers. Some used MTSU’s $1.7 million mobile production lab to capture video performances, while others filed reports and videos for news outlets.


1 in 4 iconMTSU has one of only four concrete industry management programs named “excellent” by the American Concrete Institute. The program now offers an executive M.B.A. in the field that attracts professionals in the industry from around the world.

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