Thursday, October 23, 2014

[154] MTSU touts new ‘Student Success Advantage,’ Science Building during Oct. 22 Memphis True Blue Tour visit

MURFREESBORO — Memphis will be the fifth stop next week on the statewide Middle Tennessee State University True Blue Tour to recruit outstanding students from West Tennessee.

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. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, in Memphis. To register in advance, visit

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.

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 Student Affairs Vice President Deb Sells’ agenda when MTSU representatives talk to prospective students, their parents or guardians and alumni.

MTSU officials will be pitching the recently announced “Graduate in Four (years) and Get More” program that highlights the Student Success Advantage for students starting in fall 2015. The program adds a total of $1,000 back to eligible Hope Scholarship recipients during the first two years ($500 each year), 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

Details about the new Science Building, which was officially dedicated Oct. 15, and other major changes regarding future scholarship and financial aid opportunities for MTSU students will be shared with prospective students and their families.

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

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

• A Fall Preview Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, starting in the Student Union;

• True Blue Experience Days will be held 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; and

• Along with daily campus tours, there will be special Saturday fall visit days Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. All start in the Student Services and Admissions Center. To register, visit call 615-898-5670.

To register for the Fall Preview Day or True Blue Experience Days, visit

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

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