Murfreesboro, TN
Tuition (in-state)
$21,826 ($7,210)
Admission Difficulty
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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Middle Tennessee State University is always filled with something for the students and faculty to participate in. Greek Life is very active on campus and is always providing opportunities for students to be active on campus. The campus has two sides to it, the new and the old. Most of the major study spots for students are new and contemporary, making the campus feel very clean and relaxing to the students. Some of these study spots are the four-story library, including a Starbucks, many computer labs and study rooms and about every book a college student could need and desire. Other study places on campus are the Student Union Building, which includes a bookstore and four or five food options to have while socializing and studying with friends. Murfreesboro is a very flat city, which makes the walk on campus clear-cut and leisurely. Although the campus lacks hills and definitions in landscape, the campus makes up for it with ample amounts of green spaces and many spots for students to be able to claim a "study tree."

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always something to be involved in on campus.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The thing about MTSU is the tuition is very inexpensive. What you get for what you pay is very good. The facilities are somewhat nice, the social scene is pretty decent.

3 College Junior

Facilities: There are usually fraternity or sorority events, sometimes there are concerts or plays, there are organizations for just about anything on campus. It's a lively campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: One thing that caught my attention when touring the campus was the range of things they had to offer. They have so many computers labs and writing centers to help review your papers its great. Not to mention in every building there are places to sit and study and the bigger more popular building have places for everyone. In any kind of weather you will find people outside the more popular building where there are benches and even people sitting under trees enjoying the day.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 15th
    Best Library
  • 48th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 72nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 115th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 943rd
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Some of the facilities available to students include the recreation center, intramural fields, a music library, various dining facilities, post office, and much more. The recreation center—which has an indoor pool with a slide, an outdoor pool, a rock-climbing wall, a weight room, aerobics, fitness testing, and one-on-one training—is very popular. Intramural and club sports are offered, as well as student adventure trips, such as rafting and camping all over the United States and other countries. These trips are usually reasonably priced and are great opportunities. Or, if you prefer to go solo or with a small group of friends, you can rent camping equipment such as tents, canoes, kayaks, and trailers.

The four-story library is a proud point for the campus. It has almost 936,172 volumes and more than 3,500 newspapers and magazines. The Learning Resource Center is a benefit to visual learners because it has video and audio materials on many topics to improve students' learning experience. It also has many films and other amenities. Currently, the roads on campus and around town are undergoing construction, and new campus buildings are cropping up.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
466 acres
Student Centers
Keathley University Center (KUC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
James E. Walker Library
Popular Places to Chill
Under the tree in front of the KUC
Bar on Campus
No, MTSU is a dry campus.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes, in the KUC
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes, in the KUC
"Green" Initiatives
MTSU has e-waste recycling events where students and friends are encouraged to drop off their used and broken electronic equipment to be recycled.
School Slang
  • Boro: Murfreesboro
  • Circle: A concrete area between the library, mass comm, and business buildings
  • Dive: A dark, smoky bar with at least one pool table
  • Grill: The KUC grill
  • Knoll: The grassy area in front of the KUC where students often gather
  • POD: Permission of Department Form, which many students run into when trying to register for upper-division classes
  • Square: Downtown Murfreesboro's central square on Main Street
  • The Ville: Nashville
Urban Legends
Davis Market, across from campus on the corner of Main Street and Middle Tennessee Boulevard, is believed by some to be the center of the universe. Due to the alleged magnetic pull from the center of the universe, it is said that once you enter the store, you'll never be able to move from Murfreesboro. And if you do manage to leave, you'll eventually end up returning for good. It is said that the only way to reverse this is by urinating on the stones that mark the geographical center of Tennessee, which is about a half mile from campus on Lascassas Pike. But be warned: The cops will bust you if you're spotted trying to break the curse.
Favorite Things To Do
Movies at the KUC, open mic night The rec center is a popular spot in the evenings as students wind down from their day of classes and prepare for a night of studying. The movie theater in the KUC is improving the movies it shows and only charges a couple of dollars. Students get together and play music near the KUC and the Mass Communication Building. Student services and the athletics department hold free cookouts and concerts on campus for student appreciation and to boost morale and team spirit. Unfortunately, the general consensus is that there really isn't that much to do on campus, but aren't students supposed to be studying and not focusing so much on partying?
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 109 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 29% Talk with peers
  • 29% Hang out in the Student Union
  • 18% Go to the Rec Center
  • 12% Hang out in the RIM studios
  • 12% Go to the Horse Science Center

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% Library
  • 33% Desk assistant
  • 25% Resident assistant
  • 8% MT Dining

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 69% Football games
  • 15% Greek shows
  • 8% MTSU After Dark
  • 8% Intermedial sports

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 11 responses

  • 33% The new student union.
  • 33% Library
  • 24% Under the tree in front of the KUC
  • 10% The Game Room in the SUB

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 115 responses

  • 3% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 30% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 54% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 107 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 10% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Kiss on KOM stairs
  • 40% The curse of Davis Market.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 78% Parking services
  • 22% Dining services



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