MTSU prides itself on its diversity. There have been no reported hate crimes, and the campus institutes a myriad of racial diversity activities. As you walk across campus, you might pass a person strumming a guitar under a tree, and on your other side, you may see a group playing music and rapping. You'll come across dozens of nationalities. In fact, there are students from more than 70 countries, and around 20 percent of attendees are minorities. The campus sponsors Hispanic, Native American, and Asian/Pacific Islander heritage months, to name a few, but the most recognized and participated in is African American Heritage Month. Workshops, displays, and speakers are available to all students. The University also has a high percentage of nontraditional students who are working parents or are adults returning for a degree. It is also a very accessible campus for people with disabilities. MTSU's Disabled Student Services offers assistance to people with physical and mental disabilities, such as blindness, hearing impairment, and learning disabilities.
According to past Student Affairs surveys, 60 percent of students said they have gained a better appreciation for other cultures, and 98 percent said they expected to make friends with students whose race or ethnicity is different from their own. However you look at it, the campus is a good slice of the real world.