Motto: Agriculture and Commerce
Type: Public university
Established: September 11, 1911; 110 years ago
Academic affiliations: ORAU Space-grant
President: Sidney A. McPhee
Location Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S. 35.849°N 86.365°W
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU or MT) is a public university in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Founded in 1911 as a normal school, the university consists of eight undergraduate colleges as well as a college of graduate studies, together offering more than 300-degree programs through more than 35 departments.
MTSU is most prominently known for its Recording Industry, Aerospace, Music, and Concrete Industry Management programs.
One of the earliest calls for a normal school occurred in 1855 when a Wilson County, Tennessee, politician wanted to build a normal school in Lebanon, Tennessee. Education efforts collapsed shortly with the breakout of the American Civil War.
Later, state superintendents and teachers traveled around the state giving speeches about the dire need for teacher preparation. In 1909, the Tennessee General Assembly moved “to provide for the improvement of the system of Public Education of the State of Tennessee, that is to say, to establish a General Education Fund.”
The major thrust of this “improvement” embodied in the legislative act that was to become known as the General Education Bill of 1909 was the establishment of three normal teacher-training institutions.
Is Middle Tennessee State University an HBCU?
In 2009, Middle Tennessee State University was ranked among the nation’s top 100 public universities by Forbes magazine. The U.S.
Is Middle Tennessee State University a good school?
Middle Tennessee State University is ranked #288 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.