Murfreesboro, TN
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$21,826 ($7,210)
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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I have yet to notice anything different from how people are treated off campus then on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Living in the bible belt comes with a wide spread conservative feel. However, the diversity at MTSU is not phased by this religious tone. Everyone respects the beliefs of all students.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: I love the diversity on campus. You get the opportunity to meet so many people from so many different background. I feel as though I have gotten a very good world view from attending MTSU.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: As an older student, I have a different take on my time in college. As far as the diversity on campus, I think its great. I had been out of school for 20 + years. When I was in school back in 1989, diversity was low. Here its great. Everybody seems to get along and interact well together. I am enjoying my time back in school and also think the students here at MTSU are really enjoying their time on campus.

As far as the issue of political beliefs, I think its great. This is the time when most kids begin to form their political beliefs. I see and hear many of the students doing just that. They are becoming the next wave of constituants who will power the political machine that will shape our future.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: theirs a rainbow of people here!!

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  • 535th
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  • 867th
    Most Conservative Schools
  • 1049th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 26%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is 100 percent tolerance here. The gay community is not isolated and is seen throughout the campus community.
Political Activity
Political activity at MTSU is primarily liberal.
Economic Status
Most students are middle class and from the Tennessee area. Lower-income students have additional financial aid options that give them the resources needed to continue their education.
Most Common Religions
Catholic, Protestant
Minority Clubs on Campus
Lambda Theta Alpha (Latin sorority), Minority Graduate Student Association, and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) are just a few of the many minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 116 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 16% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 116 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 38% Not sure
  • 21% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 116 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 115 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 117 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 53% Very accepting.



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