On a campus that’s always growing and changing, there is True Blue pride in everything we do. We are united by loyalty to MTSU traditions, and we’re excited about the future. Here are just a few of the traditions that make MTSU special.

The Horseshoe. The blue horseshoe in Walnut Grove has a penny from 1911 (the year the University was founded) buried beneath it. Alumni, students, and fans are encouraged to touch the horseshoe for good luck before events like a big game, a performance, or even a test.

Homecoming. Don’t miss game-day tailgating, club reunions, the chili cook-off, Tent
City, and more.

The tradition of game-day activities includes students going to the Recreation Center for Bash the Rec. Roughly 10,000 fans ll Walnut Grove for pregame tailgating and other events before home football games. Raider Walk features football players and coaches making their way through the crowd to Floyd Stadium. Each year, one home football game is designated as the Blackout Game: fans set aside MTSU’s blue and white and wear all black. The football team salutes the student body to the music of “The Tennessee Waltz” at the end of every home football game.

You did the work on a big class project. Now, show it off at Scholars Week. Once a year, students have the opportunity to showcase individual and collaborative research, scholarship, and creativity—from science projects to dance and theater productions.

The bells in the tower of Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building peal every time a student completes an Honors thesis.

Student volunteerism is common at MTSU. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the University’s annual Big Event is part of the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation. Also, thousands of students participate in programs such as Alternative Fall Break and Make-a-Difference Day, sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

Convocation opens each academic year. It’s followed by the President’s Picnic, which most members of the freshman class and their families attend.

More than 4,000 students, faculty and staff members, and neighbors ll Murphy Center during Week of Welcome to enjoy a performance by a famous comedian or celebrity.

Bells in the Tower at MT
Blue Horseshoes at MT
Homecoming parade at MT


MTSU has a long tradition of aiding veterans in their transition from military to civilian life.

Year after year, MTSU has been recognized by national publications such as Military Times and G.I. Jobs magazine as being one of the top universities in the U.S. for veteran education. (Military Times also named the Jennings A. Jones College of Business among its 64 Best for Vets Business Schools in 2014.)

In 2011, MTSU became the first institution of higher education in the state (and one of the first in the country) to partner with the Veterans Administration’s new VetSuccess on Campus program. The recent creation of a full-blown Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center on campus is just the latest step in MTSU becoming the most military-friendly university in America.

The 2,600-square-foot center constitutes the largest and most comprehensive Veterans and Military Family Center at a university in Tennessee. The center provides service and support for the more than 1,000 student veterans and their family members at MTSU. Everything a student veteran needs to succeed is available in this single location, from scheduling courses and completing government paperwork to getting questions answered about benefits and employment opportunities.

MTSU’s new senior advisor for Veterans and Leadership Initiatives, retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, now leads MTSU’s ongoing push to help student-veterans be successful at college. Huber joined the University after nearly 40 years on active duty as an infantry and Special Forces officer.

MTSU’s support of student-veterans has touched the hearts of many who wish to do their part to support this student population as well. Gov. Haslam recently announced that MTSU would receive a $91,000 state grant to support its vet-success efforts. The Journey Home Project, co-founded by country music legend Charlie Daniels and his longtime manager David Corlew, recently committed $120,000 to help equip the new center, which has since been renamed in honor of Daniels and his wife, Hazel.