I can promise you that every student who comes to MTSU with the drive to achieve will be met with the best instruction from excellent professors who care about their success.

In an effort to serve even more students, we recently expanded our regional scholarship plan that offers qualifying out-of-state scholars with a discounted tuition rate. Previously under the “radius 250” (r250) plan, qualifying applicants graduating from a high school in a county within 250 miles of MTSU in any direction were eligible to receive almost half off of their out-of-state tuition costs. This geography, which still applies, includes portions of Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, and Ohio (Cincinnati). The board’s recent vote expanded the out-of-state discount program to ALSO include qualifying students from anywhere in the eight states that touch Tennessee: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia.

We also substantially increased the value and broadened the eligibility of our Presidential Scholarship, which more than doubles the amount awarded to some high-ability freshmen. The Presidential Scholarship increased to $18,000 in total value, paid out to eligible incoming freshmen at $4,500 a year for four years. Students must have a 3.5 high school GPA and an ACT score of 25–29 to qualify for this expanded award. With these enhancements, the Presidential Scholarship becomes the largest guaranteed academic award given by any public university in Tennessee to students with these credentials.

True Blue!

Sidney McPhee Signature

President Sidney A. McPhee

I am true blue

MTSU is working to develop a community devoted to learning, growth, and service. The University holds these values dear, and there’s a simple phrase that conveys them: “I am True Blue.”

True Blue Pledge
As a member of this diverse community,
I am a valuable contributor to its progress and success.
I am engaged in the life of this community.
I am a recipient and a giver .
I am a listener and a speaker.
I am honest in word and deed.
I am committed to reason, not violence.
I am a learner, now and forever.
I am a Blue Raider.


Computer Mouse iconHack-MT brings together college students annually for a regional hackathon, where young programmers, software developers, visual designers, and others team up for projects during a 36-hour competition. MTSU offers programs both in Computer Science and in Information Systems.

Profile iconThere 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.

1911 iconFounded in 1911 as a teacher-training school, MTSU is still one of the finest teacher preparation institutions in the Southeast. The newest doctoral program, the first of its kind in Tennessee, is the Doctor of Education in Assessment, Learning, and School Improvement.

98.5 FM iconMTSU is now home to WMOT 89.5 FM Roots Radio, the region’s only station devoted to the burgeoning, singer/ songwriter-friendly Americana format.

Hard hatA $38 million building for MTSU’s College of Behavioral and Health Sciences—providing classroom, lab, and office space for Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Social Work—is under construction for a Summer 2020 opening. Another new building is planned for Engineering Technology and Mechatronics Engineering.