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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.
Citing its “small-town charm,” impressive growth, and a university in MTSU that is beloved by its alumni and supporters, Murfreesboro also recently was named by Southern Living magazine as one of the “South’s Best College Towns.” Murfreesboro was among 21 towns described as “some true hidden gems of the South.” The magazine highlighted cities with 350,000 people or fewer where “the college is a driving force in the character of the town.” Knoxville was the only other Tennessee town listed.
WalletHub.com, a resource for consumers and small businesses, ranked Murfreesboro No. 49 out of 280 “best and worst college cities and towns” across America. Murfreesboro was the highest-rated college town in Tennessee; in the top 20 percent of ranked cities; and an impressive No. 11 out of 149 medium-size cities, beating out the likes of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Madison, Wisconsin. Crime rates and cost of living were among 23 metrics analyzed. According to 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 the student will call home away from home.
MTSU is located about 30 miles from Nashville, ranked in the 13 “hottest American cities” by Business Insider and in the top 10 for growth and prosperity by Brookings Institute.
MTSU boasts the Center for Chinese Culture and Music, the only center of its kind in North America. The center, which includes a gallery of Chinese musical instruments, also promotes language, business, and trade. The 3,200-square-foot center on Bell Street is part of MTSU’s Confucius Institute.
About 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.