Tuesday, November 03, 2015

[196] MTSU plans Nov. 19 True Blue Tour trip to Williamson County

MURFREESBORO — The expanded MTSU True Blue Tour has added a 10th stop — Williamson County — in the midst of a busy season to recruit prospective students.

University President Sidney A. McPhee recently said MTSU, which wants to increase its efforts to recruit Williamson County’s high-achieving students, is scheduled to visit there Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd.

MTSU administrators, admissions staff and academic staff including advisers take the university on the road to recruit high school students and community college transfers.

MTSU holds an 11:30 a.m. luncheon to court high school counselors and community college staff and a 6-8 p.m. reception for students and their families.

To register for any MTSU Admissions events, go to www.mtsu.edu/rsvp. Walkups are welcome. All high school and community college students and families are welcome.

It is the first time MTSU will take the tour to Williamson County, which had approximately 2,200 students graduate from nine public and 10 private high schools in May.

“Of all the districts in the state, Williamson County has the most significant number of high-achievers,” McPhee said. “There’s a fierce competition for the limited number of high-ability and high-achievers” on the ACT.

“We are excited about this opportunity to bring MTSU to Williamson County and visit with students, their parents and area counselors,” McPhee added.

The MTSU president said he would like to see Williamson County’s influx of first-time freshmen admitted to MTSU grow to 500-600 students in the coming years.

The True Blue Tour already has made stops in Johnson City, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville in Tennessee, and Atlanta in Georgia, which marked the first time MTSU has taken the tour out of state.

Before coming to Williamson County, the True Blue Tour will visit Huntsville, Alabama, Nov. 4; Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee, Nov. 9-10; and Bowling Green, Kentucky, Nov. 11.

McPhee said plans are in place for MTSU to entertain principals from all of Williamson County’s high schools in December. He wants them to visit the University Honors College and Science Building, learn about the phenomenal growth of mechatronics engineering and see the variety of more than 140 programs.

Williamson County public schools include Brentwood, Centennial, Fairview, Franklin, Independence, Nolensville (opening in 2016), Page, Ravenwood, Renaissance and Summit high schools.

Private schools in Williamson County include Battle Ground Academy, Benton Hall School, Brentwood Academy, Currey Ingram Academy, Faith Apostolic Christian, Franklin Christian Academy, Franklin Classical School, Heritage Covenant School, Limestone Christian Learning Center and Montessori Academy.

For more information, visit www.mtsu.edu or call 615-898-2300 or admissions at 615-898-2233.

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