Get acquainted with our beautiful campus by taking this self-guided tour. This list of highlights, along with the map and signs installed at each numbered stop, will take you on a 1.7-mile path through the core of our 515-acre campus. Feel free to vary from the route and explore. If you get a little lost, don’t be surprised if a student or professor stops to offer help—we’re friendly that way.
Student Services and Admissions Center
The Student Services and Admissions Center houses Admissions, Records and Scheduling, Business, Financial Aid, and MT One Stop. This 58,000-square-foot facility has a skybridge that connects the SSAC and adjacent parking garage to the Student Union. Prospective students may meet with admissions counselors while on campus 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday to check on their applications. Current and newly admitted students can talk to an enrollment counselor at MT One Stop for information about financial aid, scholarships, records and scheduling, bills, transcripts, holds, and more.
Student Involvement on Campus
On the first floor of the Student Union Building are the campus bookstore, a game room, the Farmers Market dining hall, and several other dining options. The second floor features a ballroom, conference rooms, study rooms, and a video theater. The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Student Programming, and Student Government Association offices are on the third floor. MTSU has more than 200 student organizations.
Outside is the Student Union Commons, a space for events such as outdoor movies and picnics or just hanging out with friends.
Walk west along MTSU Boulevard.
Behavioral and Health Sciences
The College of Behavioral and Health Sciences Academic Classroom Building for Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Social Work opened in 2020. The 91,200-square-foot building features EEG, eye tracker, and whisper rooms for research, as well as a simulation center for emergency and security operations.
Business and Aerospace
The Business and Aerospace Building contains the Jones College of Business, the Aerospace Department, and the largest computer lab on campus. The Aerospace Department has extended facilities at the nearby Murfreesboro airport, where there is a hangar, several simulators, a small jet (CRJ-200) flight simulator, and 35 training airplanes.
Flanking Business and Aerospace are Corlew Hall and Cummings Hall, our residence halls exclusively for first-year students. A food court, The Middle at Corlew, includes Chick-fil-A and other favorites.
Nursing and Agriculture
Across the street is Cason-Kennedy Nursing Building, which has state-of-the-art class- rooms, two large computer labs, seven nursing skills training labs, an obstetrics lab, a pediatric lab, an IV skill-specific lab, and a high-fidelity simulation lab.
East of Cason-Kennedy is the Stark Agriculture Center, which houses such programs as Agribusiness, Animal Science, Fermentation Science, Horse Science, and Plant and Soil Science. Off campus, the School of Agriculture has a horse science center, farm laboratories, and a dairy.
Walk north on Champion Way.
Theatre and Dance
Tucker Theatre, part of Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building, is on your left as you walk toward the athletic fields. Tucker hosts many music, dance, theatrical, and television performances each year. Boutwell houses the Theatre and Dance programs and World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
Blue Raider Athletics
Reese Smith Jr. Field is home to Blue Raider baseball. MTSU belongs to Conference USA and has 17 Division I teams. Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium is at the corner of Greenland Drive and Champion Way.
Walk west on Faulkinberry Drive.
Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium is home to Blue Raider football. Behind the football stadium is Murphy Center, or “The Glass House,” the home of our men's and women's basketball teams. (You’ll have to walk farther along Faulkinberry to get a look.) Alumni Memorial Gym is where the women’s volleyball team plays. The softball field is across campus next to the Rec Center and SSAC.
Walk south on Normal Way.
Music and Communication
The buildings in the block to your left are dedicated to the fine arts. Saunders Fine Arts and the Wright Music Building house the School of Music. MTSU’s Band of Blue is one of the largest collegiate marching bands in the nation with over 350 members! Many concerts and other performances take place in Hinton Music Hall in Wright Music Building.Jones Hall, in the next block, is home to Communication Studies and the Office of Education Abroad.
Continue south, veering right onto Old Main Circle.
Original Buildings at MTSU
You are now standing where everything began at MTSU in 1911. In the beginning, Kirksey Old Main was the classroom building, Rutledge Hall was the women’s dormitory, and the Tom H. Jackson Building was the original dining hall. Kirksey now houses the Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences departments.
As you pass Kirksey, look beyond it to see Voorhies Engineering Technology Building, home to the popular Mechatronics Engi-neering program, whose students work with robots, unmanned vehicles, and more.
Around the curve, you’ll see James Union Building, which has the Raider Zone Grill, the Tennessee Room, and several offices.
Use the crosswalk to cross Old Main Circle.
In the interior of Old Main Circle are Peck Hall and Walnut Grove, a place for tailgating before football games. The walnut trees were grown from nuts brought from George Washington’s Mount Vernon home in Virginia. The Blue Horseshoe in Walnut Grove is a symbol of luck. A penny from 1911, the year the institution was founded, is buried beneath it. Before home games, the football team greets fans lining Raider Walk next to Peck Hall. Peck Hall has many nicknames, such as the “freshman maze” and Bermuda Square, due to the layout of the classroom building.
Cope Administration Building, at the other end of Walnut Grove, houses offices for the University president, provost, and others.
Science Corridor of Innovation
The Science Corridor of Innovation comprises the recently renovated Wiser-Patten Science Hall and Davis Science Building as well as our state-of-the-art Science Building. With more than 250,000 square feet of classrooms, research laboratories, faculty offices, and collaborative learning spaces for biology, chemistry, and other science courses, the Science Building is the biggest improvement ever for science education and research at MTSU. Davis and Wiser-Patten house offices for Geosciences, Physics, Astronomy, and Forensic Science.
Head east on the sidewalk after you pass Wiser-Patten.
Todd Hall houses the Art and Design and the Sociology and Anthropology departments. The building has dedicated areas for various visual arts disciplines, a student gallery, Todd Art Gallery, and the Albert Gore Research Center, which curates the University archives.
Next door is Keathley University Center, which contains various offices, including the Disability and Access Center, Housing, and CUSTOMS; the post office; McCallie Dining Hall; and the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. MTSU’s Army ROTC (Military Science) program is located in buildings just north of the KUC. The grassy area south of Keathley is known as the KUC Knoll.
The next building on your left is McWherter Learning Resources Center, home to the Department of Human Sciences and the Center for Educational Media, which includes our own True Blue TV.
From this vantage point, you have a great view of the Science Building to the south.
To the right of the Science Building, you can see the colorful “Famous Friends” mural on the side of the Chris Young Café, a new performance venue and production lab named in honor of the entertainer's continued support of his alma mater.
Library and the Quad
The Quad in front of James E. Walker Library is a place for students to study and socialize. (A popular superstition says that walking across the MTSU seal means you’ll need more than four years to graduate.)
Walker Library, named after the University’s eighth president, contains more than 600,000 books and periodicals and provides access to over 500 databases. The University Writing Center assists students in writing and editing papers. In the Makerspace, students from all disciplines can access computer-aided design technology and fabrication equipment to find innovative ways of bringing their ideas to life.
Media and Entertainment
The College of Media and Entertainment is one of the largest of its kind in the country. The John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building includes offices for Sidelines, the student-run news outlet; WMTS-FM, a student-run radio station; Match Records,a student-run record label; MT10, a student-operated cable television station; and WMOT-FM, a 100,000-watt public radio station.
If you venture to the south side of the building, you may see the Mobile Production Lab, “The Truck,” if it is not away covering an event. The high-definition video production lab is professional grade and one of the most advanced mobile production labs independently operated by a university.
Continue east on the sidewalk.
The College of Education Building is home to Early Childhood Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Students can use TeamSpot/ClassSpot, collaborative software that allows the sharing of documents wirelessly. The building’s atrium features the Tennessee Teachers Hall of Fame.
School of Concrete and Construction Building
Head south to see the new home of the School of Concrete and Construction Management. This 54,000-square-foot structure showcases building materials throughout to be a living, learning example of what the students in Concrete and Construction Management will be doing for their careers. Seven laboratories (one large enough to build a tiny house in), an outdoor classroom, a VR/AR room for virtual jobsite tours, and a concrete ping-pong table made by our students are some of the highlights.
As you return to the Student Union Commons, you’ll arrive at the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building, with its stately bell tower. In the Martin Building, students study, work on Honors publications, enjoy a free cup of coffee or newspaper, or just relax by the fireplace in the common area. Honors courses are capped at 15–20 students. When an Honors thesis or creative project is completed, bells peal to announce the achievement. The Honors College offers Buchanan Fellowships, the highest award given to entering freshmen.
Continue east across Blue Raider Drive.
The Health, Wellness, and Recreation Center contains six racquetball courts, six basketball courts, an indoor track, cardio and weight rooms, two aerobic rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a rock-climbing wall, an outdoor ropes course, and an indoor soccer facility. A variety of activities are offered almost year-round: aquatics, fitness, intramurals, sport clubs, adaptive recreation, and outdoor adventures. Health Services, also in the building, provides medical care for students and has a full-service pharmacy.