Founded September 11, 1911, MTSU is proud of its 111-year commitment to academic excellence and student success. With more than 20,000 students, nearly 1,000 full-time faculty members, and over 2,800 graduate students exploring more than 100 different areas of study, MTSU is really the equivalent of a midsize city on a beautiful 515-acre campus.

From its humble beginnings as a school established to train teachers, MTSU has become recognized throughout the state as Tennessee’s No. 1-ranked comprehensive public university for return on investment and is the institution of choice for the region’s top scholars.

One of MTSU’s biggest selling points is the sense of community that stems from its roots as a small, regional college. Although MTSU has grown over the years, it has maintained a commitment to students, seeking to provide a supportive learning environment, the finest faculty, quality programs, and a learning experience as remarkable and diverse as its students.

Grounded in cherished traditions, MTSU’s future has never been brighter with opportunities for service to the state, the region, the nation, and the world. The University is well positioned to build on past successes and solidify its standing as Tennessee’s best regional comprehensive university.

This guide will help you get familiar with the MTSU campus and the University’s culture and achievements.

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MTSU alumni and faculty boast 15 Grammy winners, with a total of 37 Grammys, including nine repeat recipients, since 2001 in multiple categories and genres. In all, professionals with MTSU connections have been a part of more than 125 Grammy Award nominations in two decades.

One in six college-educated workers in the Nashville area is an MTSU graduate, according to the Business and Economic Research Center at MTSU.

Walker Library’s new Makerspace is equipped with several 3D filament printers, a 3D resin printer, laser etcher, CNC machine, vinyl cutter, virtual reality kits, and kits full of parts to build just about anything imaginable. The Makerspace put MTSU on Newsweek’s list of Best Maker Schools in Higher Education 2021.

Next Step, a program at MTSU since 2008, was the model for a Tennessee law requiring state-funded postsecondary educational institutions to designate a liaison to homeless students and to develop a program to provide them access to housing.