Welcome to the ‘Boro!
New MTSU students quickly learn that they’re also part of Murfreesboro, whose residents reach out to students and make them feel at home. 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 an ever-expanding city of more than 135,000 that ranks as the fastest-growing large city in Tennessee and among the top 15 in the U.S. The booming economy of Rutherford County, which is the fastest-growing county in the state, rated first in the nation just a few years ago.
The ’Boro offers a vibrant quality of life that led Rolling Stone magazine to call it “a surprisingly hip town,” and Time Magazine lists the city among the top 20 “Best Places to Live in America.” Time spotlighted MTSU as a highly-respected institution of higher learning, the annual Main Street JazzFest downtown, a top-notch parks and greenway system, the city’s charm, and a low cost of living.
Murfreesboro also was named one of the “South’s Best College Towns” by Southern Living magazine recently, with 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.
Referencing MTSU’s renowned music business and recording program, Southern Living notes that music is also king in Murfreesboro, located just a half-hour from musical industry hub Nashville. Students can find plenty of flavorful food around town as well, from Mexican to Greek cuisine, barbecue to Southern Cajun, and even Tolkien-inspired fare at the Green Dragon Public House.
MTSU is located about 30 miles from Nashville, ranked the No. 4 “best place to start a business in America” by INC. and in the “top 20 happiest cities to work in right now” by Forbes. Nashville-Franklin-Murfreesboro is the No. 1 fastest-growing metro economy in the U.S.
The Jones College of Business at MTSU has embedded “soft skills” training, such as communication and problem-solving, in the curriculum through an exclusive partnership with the Dale Carnegie professional development organization.
MTSU boasts the Center for Chinese Culture and Music, the only one in North America. The center includes a gallery of Chinese musical instruments and promotes language, business, and trade.