Academics


MTSU DIFFERENCE

Middle Tennessee is the number one college choice of mid-state valedictorians and salutatorians for eight years running; entering freshman scores are above state and national averages…
The nation’s first M.F.A. in Recording Arts meets a growing industry demand for administrative professionals and complements our respected Recording Industry major.
Three Nobel Prize winners have served on the MTSU faculty – Dr. James Buchanan, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, and former Vice President Al Gore.
MTSU offers 145-plus undergraduate programs in seven colleges – Basic and Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Behavioral Science, University Honors, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication, and Continuing Education and Distance Learning. The College of Graduate Studies oversees more than 55 programs, including doctoral study.
MTSU boasts some of the nation’s premier programs in aerospace, recording industry, and concrete industry management, attracting students from around the globe. Nursing, business, and mass communication programs also rank among the nation’s elite.
The University Honors College offers talented students the atmosphere of a small select college nestled within a major university. In 2007-08, MTSU unveiled prestigious Buchanan Fellowships – the highest academic
scholarship awarded – named in honor of alumnus James Buchanan (B.S. ’40), a 1986 Nobel Prize in Economic Science recipient.
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APR RATING

The NCAA mandates that every Division I sports team annually calculates its Academic Progress Report (APR) each academic year based on factors of eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete on the team. The NCAA requires that each sports team keeps at least an APR of 925 which projects to an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of approximately 60 percent.
In what is regarded as one of the most impressive turnarounds in college football, Coach Stockstill has taken the Blue Raiders’ APR from 892 when he arrived in 2005 to 991 in just three short years, which ranks as the biggest jump of any school in the country. This score of 991 is just 9 points away from a perfect score of 1,000. The score of 991 is also 66 points higher than the average score for public institutions and 33 points higher than the average score for private institutions.
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GRADUATE EARLY

Middle Tennessee State University’s curriculum requires 120 hrs for all Bachelor’s degrees. Since Coach Stockstill’s 2005 arrival each class of football student-athletes have averaged 38 hours per academic year.  Therefore, Middle Tennessee football players are graduating in 3-3.5 years (38 X 3 =114 hrs) and are able to start working towards a graduate degree before exhausting their eligibility. 
If a player redshirts they should be able to complete a 30 hour Master’s program within the 5 year period which is covered by their scholarship.  If a student-athlete is not able to complete the graduate program in the 5 year period, then the first third of the graduate degree will be covered by scholarship and the last 2/3 may be covered by a graduate assistantship in the department granting the degree or possibly through the athletic department.
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ACADEMIC SUPPORT (SAEC)

7,000 sq. feet Facility
40 computers (25 New)
Plan to add 25 New Laptops
8 New Laptops for checking out
-President Dr. McPhee has personally appropriated funds to completely upgrade the computers & computer
network for the SAEC Building
The Student Athlete Enhancement Center is committed to a comprehensive program of life skills that provides educational
experience and services in order to:
1. assist the student-athlete in meeting the academic requirements established by Middle Tennessee State University and the
National collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
2. to develop well-balanced lifestyles for student-athletes
3. to encourage growth in decision-making, planning and fulfillment of career and life goals
4. to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience with the university setting.
In the process of achieving this mission, the Student-Athlete Enhancement Center will:
* Support efforts of every student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation
* Use athletics as preparation for success in life
* Meet the changing needs of the student-athletes
* Promote respect for diversity among student-athletes
* Enhance interpersonal relationships in the lives of the student-athletes
* Assist student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities
* Promote ownership by the student-athletes of his/her academic, athletic, personal and social responsibilities
* Enhance partnerships between NCAA, Middle Tennessee State University, and the Murfreesboro community for the purpose of
education
The Student Athlete Enhancement Center hours of operation are:
Monday-Thursday 7A.M.-10 P.M.
Friday 7 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Weekends By appointment
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ACADEMIC AWARDS

SUN BELT CONFERENCE COMMISSIONER’S LIST (3.5 GPA)

2003 | Kevin Davis, Chris Gatlin, John Madrick, Joey Montalbano, Brandon Parker, Kevin Pascoe, J.P. Shelly
2004 | Robert Billings, Bill Brasch, Joey Montalbano, Kyle Turnbow
2005 | Jerrin Holt, Hashem Joyner, Gerald Mushi, Devarick Scandret
2006 | Walt Bell, Jonathan Callahan, Chris DeGeorge, Thomas Osteen, Rapheal Ousley, Brandon Roberts, Devarick Scandrett, Kyle Turnbow, Paul Wheeler
2007 | Walt Bell, Paul Cantrell, Clinton Corder, Germayle Franklin, Lucas Paschall, Brandon Roberts, Phillip Tanner

SUN BELT CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL (3.0 – 3.49 GPA)

2002 | Robert Billings, Glen Elarbee, Lucas Frost, Andrico Hines, Ben Howze, Brian Kelly, John Madrick, Chris Matusek, Jamison Palmer, Sean Saylor, Zack Swanson, Paul Wheeler
2003 | Robert Billings, John Crawford, Lucas Frost, Ben Howze,DeLorean Jordan, Brian Kelly, Matt Little, Reggie Polk, Jonathan Proby, Blake Rolan
2004 | Neil Beckham, Clinton Corder, Josh Dutton, Chris Gatlin, Pedro Holiday, Ben Howze, Gerald Mushi, Darren Mustin, Kevin Searcy, Dana Stewart, Sam Sutton
2005 | Devarick Scandrett
2006 | Michael Cannon, Leon Cesar, Clinton Corder, Josh Dutton, Germayle Franklin, Josh Harris, Patrick Honeycutt, Trevor Jenkins, Brodey Mann, Bradley Nix, Brandon Nix, Jonathan Parks, Luke Paschall, David Price, Christopher Sapp, Ronald Steed, Vejin Tahir, Michael Varick
2007 | Danny Carmichael, Joe Craddock, Josh Dutton, Chris Hawkins, Patrick Jackson, Trevor Jenkins, Tavares Jones, Brandon Nix, Bobby Williams
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B.R.A.S.S.

Program Focuses

Personal and professional development
Career services
Internship program
Community service
Scholar-athlete awards banquet
Student athlete advisory committee

In the Community

-The Blue Raider football team is involved in numerous community activities during the course of the academic year. The athletes participate in the Reading Raiders program, work with the Special Olympics, attend Career Day at various schools, help make up the B.R.A.S.S. program, work with the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County.
-The Reading Raiders began in 1993 and is designed to allow MTSU athletes the opportunity to give back to the community by getting involved in the lives of children.
Within this program, MTSU athletes serve as role models and motivators in encouraging the importance of reading and proper study skills to students in the Murfreesboro City
Extended Fox Elementary during the year.
-During the summer of 2007, the football program helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity.
-In April of 2006, a group of 60 student-athletes made up mostly of football and volleyball players traveled to Gallatin, Tenn., to volunteer their time to assist in cleanup efforts
following a devastating tornado on April 7. The group worked for nearly three hours picking up debris and trying to salvage what was left near a farmhouse in Gallatin.