MURFREESBORO — Jackson will be the sixth stop this 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. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Jackson Country Club, 31 Country Club Drive, in Jackson. To register in advance, visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.
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 the 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 http://www.mtsunews.com/student-success-advantage/.
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 www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.
The Jackson stop will conclude the six-city True Blue Tour. MTSU already has visited Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis.
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 http://tinyurl.com/ndqyvn5or call 615-898-5670.
To register for the Fall Preview Day or True Blue Experience Days, visit www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.
The priority deadline to apply and receive scholarship consideration is Dec. 1.
MTSU True Blue Tour at a glance
Who: MTSU deans and academic personnel
What: True Blue Tour, recruiting prospective students from Jackson and the surrounding area
When: Thursday, Oct. 23
• 11:30 a.m. luncheon for high school counselors/community college advisers
• 6 to 8 p.m. student reception
Where: Jackson Country Club, 31 Country Club Drive, in Jackson
Why: In an effort to attract future students to the MTSU in Murfreesboro, university officials travel by bus and automobiles 155 miles to “bring” the campus — 150-plus academic programs and much more — to Jackson.
Etc.: All public, private, homeschool and potential transfer students from West Tennessee are welcome. … Attendees will be treated to interactive displays including the Electronic Media Communication’s 40-foot, $1.8 million mobile production lab — aka “The Truck” — Concrete Industry Management’s mold to make concrete coasters by hand, an MTSU School of Music CD, food and more.