MTSU announces 6-city ‘True Blue Tour’ of Tennesse...

MTSU announces 6-city ‘True Blue Tour’ of Tennessee

Administrators, deans and admissions counselors from Middle Tennessee State University will kick off a six-city tour this week to recruit prospective students for the state’s No. 1 choice for undergraduates.

MTSU admissions personnel greet an interested visitor at the Memphis open house event in November 2011 in Germantown. (MTSU file photo)

The “True Blue Tour,” MTSU’s cross-state effort to recruit the best and brightest students for the 2013-14 academic year, includes stops in Johnson City, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Jackson and Memphis, as well as events on the Murfreesboro campus, said Dr. Deb Sells, vice president for student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services.

MTSU’s Johnson City stop will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Millennium Place, 2001 Millennium Place. Admission is free and open to all interested undergraduate and graduate students, as well as prospective transfer students, alumni and others wanting to learn more about the university.

On Wednesday, the tour will move to Knoxville, where MTSU officials will be at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Sells will speak at the gatherings.

College deans and representatives, financial aid counselors and admissions personnel will be attending. They will answer questions from prospective students and their parents about the university and share MTSU’s many student-centered qualities.

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“The True Blue Tour is always a highlight of the fall recruitment season,” Sells said. “It’s a chance for us to take our message directly to high school students and their families and to expose them to the faculty and staff that make MTSU the great university that it is.

“This year we’ll also be targeting potential community college transfers,” she continued, “and we’ll be interested in talking with alumni and others who may have an interest in our graduate programs.”

The university will host a lunch with area high school counselors at both the Johnson City and Knoxville sites, starting at 11:30 a.m. Sells said the counselor luncheons are used to communicate the university’s major programs, concentrations and offerings that the counselors then can share with their students.

The schedule for the other tour stops include:

  • Oct. 2 — Chattanooga, Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza;
  • Oct. 8 — Nashville, LP Field Club Level Concourse, One Titans Way;
  • Oct. 24 — Memphis, The Great Hall in Germantown, 1900 S. Germantown
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  • Oct. 25 — Jackson, The Aeneas Building, 405 E. College St.

To learn more about the admissions process or apply to MTSU, visit Applying by Dec. 1 receives priority consideration for scholarship funding.

MTSU’s admissions staff also has several additional special events set for the Murfreesboro campus this fall, including:

  • “True Blue Experience” days on Oct. 5 and Nov. 16 for students meeting guaranteed admissions requirements; and
  • Fall Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 20.