MTSU announces six-city ‘True Blue Tour’ of Tennes...

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

Middle Tennessee State University’s top administrators and deans will meet with prospective students in six Tennessee cities in September and October as part of the university’s annual True Blue Tour.

Parent Lisa Hanson, left, and her 17-year-old daughter, Melanie, a Chester County High School student, talk to University Honors College Dean John Vile, second from right, and Laura Clippard, director of the Honors College’s Undergraduate Fellowships Office, during the Oct. 25, 2012, True Blue Tour recruitment trip in Jackson, Tenn. Jackson was the final stop on the 2012 six-city statewide tour. (MTSU file photo by News and Media Relations)

The statewide tour, organized by the university’s Admissions Office, will include student receptions in Chattanooga on Tuesday, Sept. 17; Johnson City on Monday, Sept. 23; Knoxville on Tuesday, Sept. 24; Nashville on Tuesday, Oct. 8; Memphis on Monday, Oct. 21; and Jackson on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and other administrators will join deans of the university’s eight academic colleges and counselors from the financial aid and admissions offices to answer questions from prospective students and their parents.

Prospective transfer students are also invited to attend.

“We look forward to these trips each year,” McPhee said. “They allow us to meet top-notch students across the state and tell them about all our university has to offer.”

MTSU’s admissions counselors will also meet with high school counselors at each tour stop and provide them with campus and program updates, said Dr. Deb Sells, vice president for student affairs and vice provost for enrollment and academic services.

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Each True Blue Tour reception starts at 6 p.m. local time. The events are free, but students should register in advance at

Fall True Blue Tour reception sites are:

  • Sept. 17: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga;
  • Sept. 23: The Millennium Place, 2001 Millennium Place, Johnson City;
  • Sept. 24: Club LeConte, 800 S. Gay St., Knoxville;
  • Oct. 8: Music City Center, 150 4th Ave. N., Nashville;
  • Oct. 21: Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis;
  • Oct. 22: The Jackson Country Club, 31 Jackson Country Club Drive, Jackson.

Students who apply for MTSU admission by Dec. 1 receive priority consideration for scholarships, Sells said.

Dr. Debra Sells

MTSU is also reaching out to about 15,000 Tennessee high school seniors with ACT scores of 19 and higher by mailing a brochure inviting them to attend a tour stop and visit the Murfreesboro campus, Sells said.

“We’re hoping to see many of them at our recruiting events across the state, as well as at our special preview days on campus,” she said.

Sells said special events on the Murfreesboro campus for prospective students and counselors this fall include:

  • True Blue Experience Days, which will be held Friday, Sept. 6, for high ability students and Friday, Nov. 22, for transfer students. Each event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building.
  • Fall Preview Days, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 9, both starting at 8 a.m. in the Student Union Building.

High school and community college students and counselors, as well as parents, can register to attend any MTSU Admissions events by going to

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