Middle Tennessee State Universityit is admissions the team, top administrators and campus partners are gearing up for another True Blue Tourcriss-crossing Tennessee and the bordering states of Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia to recruit future students.
Kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 17in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with the Rutherford County welcoming students to the campus Student Union Ballroom1768 MTSU Blvd., the tour includes nightly receptions to meet students and their parents and noon lunches to engage community college counselors and staff.
Recruiting high school and transfer students for 2023 and beyond, MTSU is traveling to eight more Tennessee cities – more birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama (October 11-12); Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, (1-2 Nov); and Atlanta (November 16) — to share about academic programs, financial aid, guaranteed scholarships, housing and more.
In Tennessee, MTSU visits clarksville (September 28), Nashville (October 5), Town of Johnson (October 19), Knoxville (October 20), Memphis (8 November), Jackson (November 9), Williamson County (November 14) and Chattanooga (Nov 17).
All True Blue Tour events and other special recruitment events are free, but admissions officers ask prospective students and their families to pre-register. Passers-by are welcome. Masks are optional, but not required.
President Sidney A. McPhee and Deb sellsvice president of Student Affairs and vice-provost for Registration and Academic serviceslead the team which includes staff, deans and other administrators, as well as representatives from more than 20 departments ready to answer questions and provide information to guests.
McPhee said he “looks forward to meeting outstanding students and their parents on the tour this fall.”
“By going on the road each year to personally meet these prospective students and their families, MTSU hopes to reinforce how much we want them to become part of our growing Blue Raider family,” he said.
Sells said MTSU is “delighted to be taking many outstanding faculty and administrators on the road again this year to meet prospective students and their families.” The True Blue Tour is the best opportunity to meet locally with academic advisors, admissions and financial aid representatives, and other departments to discuss whether MTSU might be your best fit for a college education.
Sells added that “Any high school student starting their college search, as well as seniors finalizing their decision are welcome to join us. President McPhee will lead the program and we will bring a video to introduce you to our beautiful campus, in case you haven’t visited Murfreesboro recently.
“Come see for yourself why the Princeton Review has named MTSU one of America’s Top Universities for three consecutive years.”
Sharing McPhee and Sells’ enthusiasm for the upcoming tour, Tony StrodeAssociate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, said, “We look forward to being in a city near you and sharing all the great things MTSU has to offer, and very excited for the True Blue Tour and all of the events. recruitment that we are organizing this fall.
“The recruiting staff is excited to be back on the road and meeting future Blue Raiders across Tennessee and surrounding states. The tour is a unique event we have at MTSU where prospective students can get answers all their questions about college without having to leave their hometown.
Strode said one of the best parts is that prospective students “have the opportunity to win presidential scholarships just for showing up. We love seeing the excitement on students’ faces when they win a scholarship and get to take the stage and share their story.
McPhee also awards prizes and scholarships at advisor luncheons.
Rutherford County College Night
MTSU annually hosts Rutherford County College Night, where about 50 colleges and universities come together to recruit prospective students. The free event will take place from 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 7in the student union ballroom.
Preview True Blue
This fall, MTSU will hold Preview True Blue events Saturday October 1and Saturday November 5. Hundreds of prospective students attend to get a hands-on view of all the campus has to offer. Go here to register for free events.
The 2022 True Blue Tour Schedule
August 17 – MTSU Student Union Ballroom, 1768 MTSU Blvd., Murfreesboro
September 14 – Community College Advisors/Staff Luncheon, SUB, Murfreesboro
September 28 – Wilma Rudolph Event Center, 8 Champions Way, Clarksville, Tennessee
October 5 – Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee
October 11 – Marriott Birmingham, 3590 Grandview Pkwy., Birmingham, Alabama
October 12 – The Westin Huntsville, 6800 Governors West NW, Huntsville. Alabama
October 19 — Carnegie Hotel, 1216 W. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, Tennessee*
October 20 — The Foundry at the Fair Site, 747 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee
November 1 — Origin Hotel Lexington, 4174 Rowan, Lexington, Ky.
November 2 — Louisville Marriott East, 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., Louisville, Kentucky
November 8 – Esplande Memphis, 901 Cordova Station Ave., Cordova, Tennessee
November 9 – Jackson Country Club, 31 Jackson Country Club Lane, Jackson, Tennessee
November 14 – Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN
November 16 – The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Pkwy. NE, Atlanta, Georgia
November 17 – Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, Tennessee
To note: Lunches for counselors and community college staff begin at 12:30 p.m. local time; student reception begins at 6 p.m. local time
*— Students welcome only