Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[125] MTSU touts new ‘Student Success Advantage,’ Science Building during Sept. 30 Nashville True Blue Tour visit

MURFREESBORO — Nashville will be the fourth stop next week on the statewide Middle Tennessee State University True Blue Tour to recruit outstanding students from the Midstate.

MTSU will hold the True Blue Tour reception for all area high school and potential transfer students and their families from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Rocketown, 601 4th Ave. S., in Nashville. To register in advance, visit

In addition to the recently announced MTSU Student Success Advantage, which is full of incentives for future students to graduate in four years, the $147 million Science Building will be at the forefront of President Sidney A. McPhee’s agenda when talking to prospective students, their parents or guardians and alumni.

The event — where deans and personnel from admissions and other academic departments share options and answer questions — also will feature interactive displays including the 40-foot, $1.8 million Electronic Media Communication mobile production truck and Concrete Industry Management’s mold to make concrete coasters by hand. A music CD will be available at the School of Music table.

McPhee will be pitching the recently announced “Graduate in 4 (years) and Get More” program that highlights the Student Success Advantage for students starting in fall 2015. The program adds $1,000 back to eligible Hope Scholarship recipients during the first two years, guarantees scholarships to eligible transfer students and returns tuition increases to eligible students who stay on track to graduate in four years.

To learn more, visit

The Science Building, which officially will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, and other major changes regarding future scholarship and financial aid opportunities for MTSU students will top McPhee’s remarks.

“The building is already helping MTSU create more science graduates to fill high-tech jobs,” McPhee said. “It immediately makes MTSU more competitive for research projects, science scholarship and entrepreneurial efforts.”

MTSU will treat area high school counselors and community college representatives to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. To register in advance, visit

After Nashville, the caravan will finish the tour with stops in Memphis Oct. 22 and Jackson Oct. 23. Before coming to Nashville, MTSU visited Chattanooga, Johnson City and Knoxville.

Prospective students have multiple opportunities for a firsthand look at campus.

Fall Preview Days will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 and Nov. 1. True Blue Experience Days will be held Oct. 17 for prospective students in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences; Jan. 23, 2015, for prospective students in the Colleges of Behavioral and Health Sciences and Liberal Arts; and Jan. 30 for prospective students in the Colleges of Mass Communication, Business and Education. To register, visit

The priority deadline to apply and receive scholarship consideration is Dec. 1.

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