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Industry partnerships. Outreach. Service to community. These are the key components of MTSU’s community-centered approach to higher education that results not only in greater student success but also an enhanced quality of life for residents across middle Tennessee. Here are a couple examples.

MTSU’s partnership with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will not only be a boon for the Aerospace Department’s Professional Pilot majors, including student veterans, but also for prospective students, the department’s growth, and potentially Delta’s major hubs in Nashville, Atlanta, and Cincinnati.

Delta announced plans in 2018 to hire more than 8,000 pilots during the next decade to replace current pilots reaching retirement age and to support planned growth in its fleet and network. Simultaneously, the airline launched the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program with eight universities nationwide to reach out to the next generation of pilots, including MTSU Pro Pilot majors. The Pilot Career Path provides successful candidates a qualified job offer, detailing a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot.

“The fact that MTSU is only one of eight selected by Delta for the rollout of this program speaks to the high regard the industry extends to graduates of our Aerospace Department,” MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. “We’re uniquely positioned to supply Delta with talented and extremely capable pilots to fill its anticipated needs.”

MTSU’s other partnerships include the new Fermentation Science program using Steel Barrel Brewery’s fermentation and sensory labs at the developing Hop Springs agritourism complex. Parent company Life is Brewing is co-owned by famed chef and Nashville restaurateur Maneet Chauhan, a judge on Food Network’s Chopped.


Data Science iconMTSU recently created a Data Science Institute to promote funded interdisciplinary research and develop public and private collaborations around the emerging field of “big data.” In one of its first projects, the Data Science Institute dug deep into data provided by mid-state social impact technology company Hytch to see how users of its app-based rewards program are affecting traffic throughout the region. MTSU recently announced plans to develop a bachelor’s degree in Data Science to build upon many of the attributes of the new institute.

Stethoscope iconMeharry Medical College and MTSU have developed an accelerated pathway for talented students to graduate as physicians to serve in rural areas of the state. MTSU has entered into a similar agreement for qualifying students’ direct admission into Union University’s College of Pharmacy.

Tie IconJones College of Business students in MTSU’s new Professional Selling concentration now have access to an innovative sales laboratory to hone their selling skills in efforts to become ready-to-hire graduates. The Mel Adams State Farm Agent Sales Lab allows students to record mock interviews and sales presentations.

Graduation Cap iconAlumni from MTSU generate more than $9 billion in extended total revenue annually for Tennessee businesses. This contributes significantly to state, regional, and local economies, according to the 2018 MTSU Alumni Impact study by the Business at Economic Research Center at MTSU. Alumni and their employees account for $6.8 billion of economic activity in the Nashville metro area, providing business revenue of $1.7 billion to Davidson County, $1.3 billion to Williamson County, and $1 billion to Rutherford County.

Light bulb iconMTSU rates 17th among the nation’s top schools that support aspiring entrepreneurs, outranking universities such as Penn State, Duke, USC, Ohio State, and Johns Hopkins. MTSU was the only Tennessee public university ranked by LendEDU.