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MTSU recruiters ‘Paint Your Future True Blue’ at Motlow College

Middle Tennessee State University continues its “Paint Your Future True Blue” spring tour with upcoming visits to Motlow College’s main campuses.

MTSU recruiters will travel to Tullahoma, Tennessee, Tuesday, April 11, and to Motlow’s Smyrna, Tennessee, campus Wednesday, April 19. In between, a visit is planned for a “paint” event at Chattanooga State Thursday, April 13. All visits are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time.

T-shirts signify Motlow College students made MTSU their choice during the first "Paint the Community College True Blue" tour at the Lynchburg, Tenn., campus, in this March 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by David Foster)

T-shirts signify Motlow College students made MTSU their choice during the first “Paint the Community College True Blue” tour at the Lynchburg, Tenn., campus, in this March 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by David Foster)

University recruiters and other staff have been visiting community colleges across the state in order to recruit students who will be graduating and want to continue their higher education at MTSU.

‘We are hosting these events on the community college campuses in an attempt to bring MTSU to the students,” said Mark Murphy, coordinator of enrollment in the Office of Admissions.

Admissions representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss the transferring process, Murphy added.

“We will also have a representative from the MT One Stop on hand to field questions regarding financial aid, scholarships and more,” he said.

“Our mission is to bridge the gap from the community college and MTSU and hopefully make the transition from their current school to MTSU a smooth one once they have earned their two-year degrees.”

At the event, admitted students can get an MTSU ID card, learn more about Tennessee Transfer Pathways and other programs to help them successfully transfer and register for the Finish Line Scholarship. For more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/transfer-finish-line.php.

MTSU’s other “paint” stops in Tennessee have included Pellissippi State in Knoxville; Nashville State; Volunteer State in Gallatin; and Jackson State.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

 

Feb. 20 Honors open house targets high-ability prospective students

Most public and private secondary schools are closed for the Presidents’ Day Holiday. MTSU happens to be open.

That’s why the University Honors College and the Office of Admissions host public, private and homeschool students for the annual Presidents’ Day Open House.

John Vile, standing right, the Honors College dean, visits with incoming Buchanan Fellows and their families during the Honors College Presidents' Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

John Vile, standing right, the Honors College dean, visits with incoming Buchanan Fellows and their families during the Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo. (MTSU file photos by Andy Heidt)

More than 500 prospective students and their parents will be attending the open house from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, all across the MTSU campus.

For more information about the open house, including the full schedule, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/open-house.php. To register, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php. Parking is available in the Rutherford Lot (http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap), where visitors will be shuttled to campus.

The Honors College offers personalized teaching, smaller classes and a competitive edge in a more interactive learning environment for high-ability scholars. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet people who can answer questions and show you the campus and academic departments, including honors students, financial aid and scholarship staff and academic advisers.

“This has been one of our most popular events during the past few years,” said Honors College Dean John Vile.

Vile said the open house comes early enough for “high school sophomores and juniors to get an idea of MTSU before they begin applying for colleges and universities and late enough for seniors who are trying to decide which of the colleges or universities that have accepted them are the best fit.”

Honors College logoFor Vile, who is a political scientist and presidential historian, the open house provides the opportunity “to give my famous Presidents’ Day Quiz,” he added.

Optional events for attendees include a demonstration by the MTSU Mock Trial team, a “mad science” demonstration by physics and astronomy professor Eric Klumpe and tours of campus housing, recording industry, the Center for Innovation in Media, the Mobile Production Lab, Walker Library and aerospace’s air traffic control lab.

Attendees also are welcome to take in the 3 p.m. Honors Lecture Series led by Nashville’s Keel Hunt with The Strategy Group.

For more information, call 615-898-2152.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Dr. Eric Klumpe performs a physics demonstration for an audience attending the Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo.

Dr. Eric Klumpe performs a physics demonstration for an audience attending the Honors College Presidents’ Day Open House in this February 2016 file photo.

MTSU Honors Transfer Fellowship has Feb. 15 application deadline

A special incentive in the form of a $3,500 scholarship for up to four semesters awaits prospective MTSU transfer students who meet the eligibility criteria and apply by the Feb. 15 deadline.

The MTSU Honors College is offering 30 Honors Transfer Fellowship awards, which are patterned after the highly successful Buchanan Fellows Program.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

To apply, visit http://mtsu.edu/honors/transfer.php.

Chosen applicants will be a part of the fifth class of transfer students. The transfer fellowships began in 2013. In the previous four years, the Honors College awarded 15 such awards.

“In talking to President Sidney A. McPhee, this is two years after implementation of the Tennessee Promise (free community college tuition),” said John Vile, Honors College dean. “We are anticipating that significantly more community college graduates will be benefiting from that this year.”

The fellowship is open to students who anticipate having completed 60 hours of college or university coursework with a 3.5 GPA or better by the fall of 2017.

Honors College logoRecipients will gain special consideration for support for study abroad and for making presentations at scholarly conferences. Students who are accepted as fellows will complete a common class together during their first semester at MTSU.

For up to six out of state transfer recipients, the award will be $7,000 per semester because they pay higher tuition and fees, Vile said.

For those who do not receive the Honors Transfer Fellowship, MTSU Financial Aid also offers a guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship of $1,500 a semester to students with a 3.0 GPA who complete their application by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Applications by mail must be postmarked by Feb. 15. Applications must include official transcripts of all college and university work, two letters of recommendation from college professors and/or honors administrators and a personal essay.

For more information, call 615-898-2152.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Nov. 5 MTSU Fall Preview Day features ‘FAFSA Frenzy’ assistance

MTSU’s Fall Preview Day Saturday, Nov. 5, has a new wrinkle for the nearly 600 students and their family members planning to attend.

FAFSA — or Free Application for Federal Student Aid — assistance will be available from noon to 3 p.m. in the Business and Aerospace Building, 1642 MTSU Blvd., as part of preview day activities that start at 8 a.m. in the Student Union, 1768 MTSU Blvd. To find parking and buildings, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Director of Recruitment for Undergraduate Admissions Melinda Thomas.

Melinda Thomas

MTSU’s first “FAFSA Frenzy” is an extension of the College Goal Sunday events held at MTSU in the past when the federal government allowed people to begin the FAFSA online process on Jan. 1.

Now the government allows the process to begin Oct. 1, and MTSU officials thought Fall Preview Day would be a great chance for people touring campus to file their form to be eligible for grants, loans and work-study funds for college offered by the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid.

“This is an opportunity for families to receive hands-on assistance in completing the FAFSA,” said Melinda Thomas, the director of the MT One Stop on the second floor of the Student Services and Admissions Center. The MT One Stop provides services in the areas of financial aid, course registration, tuition and billing and transcripts.

The FAFSA event, open to the public, is free. Several computers will be available in BAS, Thomas said. Additional information regarding the event can be found at www.mtsu.edu/goal.

The Student Services and Admissions Center is located at 1860 Blue Raider Drive.

For the 581 prospective students and nearly 1,130 guests accompanying them Saturday, Fall Preview Day lets them explore campus, tour buildings and meet faculty and staff from academic areas and the Division of Student Affairs. To learn more, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

MTSU initiates recruiting events with Sept. 24, Nov. 5 Fall Preview Days

Middle Tennessee State University will welcome prospective high school students and their families to visit the campus Saturday, Sept. 24, in the first of two Fall Preview Days.

MTSU conducts preview days as a way for prospective students to see the campus, take tours given by student guides, learn about departments, programs and student organizations and meet faculty and staff from academic areas and the Division of Student Affairs.

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Kyle Elliot, front left, a former Blue Elite tour guide member, leads an MTSU campus tour past the Student Union and near the Student Health, Wellness and Recreation Center in this August 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

To register for any preview day or other special events, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php. Events begin in the Student Union.

To find various buildings and parking, visit http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

In addition to the Sept. 24 preview day, other scheduled campus visit days include Saturday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, March 17, 2017.

Saturday’s preview day includes breakfast, lunch and an option to attend the 6 p.m. MTSU-Louisiana Tech football game.

Campus officials urge students to apply by Dec. 1 in order to be considered for scholarship consideration if they meet ACT score, high school GPA and other academic criteria.

To learn about scholarships, visit http://mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.

Linda Olsen

Linda Olsen

“We’re really promoting high school seniors to come out and spend the day with us,” said Linda Olsen, director of undergraduate recruitment.

“This will be their first opportunity to get the full celebration and display of departments and campus tour. … It’s a way to have a full day’s experience of what it means to be True Blue and a Blue Raider.”

MTSU also takes the campus on the road with its annual True Blue Tour. Stops will include:

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee, Oct. 4.
  • Atlanta, Georgia, Oct. 5.
  • Huntsville, Alabama, Oct. 11.
  • Johnson City, Tennessee, Oct. 18.
  • Knoxville, Tennessee, Oct. 19.
  • Franklin, Tennessee, Oct. 26.
  • Nashville, Nov. 1.
  • Memphis, Tennessee, Nov. 9.
  • Jackson, Tennessee, Nov. 10.
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky, Nov. 15.
  • Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 16.

All True Blue Tour student and family receptions will begin at 6 p.m. local time, except for Nashville, which has a 6:30 p.m. start.

MTSU offers daily campus tours at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day the university is open, Olsen said. There also will be one other Saturday tour, scheduled for Nov. 19.

Transfer student tours will be held Friday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Nov. 11.

For admissions questions, email admissions@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-2233. For questions about events and tours, email tours@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5670.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

MTSU, 60 schools recruit students at Rutherford County College Night

Area high school students, their parents and families are invited to attend the upcoming Rutherford County College Night — one of the first college recruiting fairs in the Middle Tennessee region this fall.

The event, hosted by MTSU, features nearly 60 colleges and universities from across the Southeast. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Student Union Ballroom, 1768 MTSU Blvd., on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro. For general information, visit www.mtsu.edu/rccn.

Rutherford County College Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Student Union Building Ballroom. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Rutherford County College Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Student Union Building Ballroom. (MTSU file photo by Randy Weiler)

Anyone planning to attend should park in the Rutherford lot off Rutherford Boulevard on the east side of campus. Shuttles will transport visitors to the Student Union Building and return them when they leave. To find parking and building location, a printable campus map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

Students from Rutherford and surrounding counties are welcome to attend.

Along with MTSU personnel, dozens of colleges and universities will send representatives in their effort to recruit students for the 2017-18 academic year and beyond.

“This year, we will be an automated fair,” said Joey Clark, an admissions recruiter who now works with Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties after previously recruiting Shelby County students.

Students can register at www.gotocollegefairs.com. After registering, the student will be provided a printable barcode or one that can be utilized from their phone. This will allow college recruiters to scan the student’s barcode and instantly receive all necessary information.

“Ultimately, this takes the place of contact cards and truly saves a great deal of time for the students and families,” Clark said. “It allows students to optimize their time with recruiters face to face.”

TACRAO logoKristen Russell, senior admissions counselor, said the event allows area high school students to efficiently maximize interactions with multiple schools, which is ideal for any student in their college search process.

For questions about the event, call 615-898-2233 or email admissions@mtsu.edu.

The Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers endorse the event.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Registration remains open for MTSU Spring Preview Day

Registration remains open for the MTSU Spring Preview Day scheduled Saturday, March 19, as the university awaits a campus visit from hundreds of prospective students and their families.

The recruits will enjoy the full campus experience at the preview day, which will begin at 8 a.m. in the Student Union Building, 1768 Blue Raider Drive, in Murfreesboro. All of the guests will get to see departments from across campus.

MTSU junior Tim Maginn, left, of Bartlett, Tennessee, leads a recent special Saturday tour through the Science Building. Saturday, March 19, will be the Spring Preview Day. Maginn is majoring in aerospace and seeking a minor in military science. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

MTSU junior Tim Maginn, left, of Bartlett, Tennessee, leads a recent special Saturday tour through the Science Building. Saturday, March 19, will be the Spring Preview Day. Maginn is majoring in aerospace and seeking a minor in military science. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Preview Day is MTSU’s signature open house for prospective students and their families. All students are welcome. High school seniors and transfer students are highly encouraged to attend.

To learn more, visit http://tinyurl.com/l5pg7amemail tours@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5670. To find parking near the Student Union, a searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

“This is a great time of year for rising high school seniors to begin their college search,” said Wendi Pelfrey, interim director of undergraduate recruitment. “Attending Preview Day is an easy way to obtain lots of information on MTSU in one easy and fun day.”

In addition to campus tours, visitors can meet with faculty and staff from academic areas and Student Affairs.

Attendees will be able to visit the Student Services and Admission Center and MT One Stop, which is across from the Student Union at 1860 Blue Raider Drive. It houses the offices of admissions, tours and records on the first floor. The second-floor MT One Stop handles student concerns regarding financial aid, scholarships, bills, scheduling, transcripts and more.

The Summer Preview Day will be Saturday, June 4.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Feb. 15 deadline nears for transfer students’ guaranteed scholarships

Prospective students planning to transfer from community colleges or other four-year schools to MTSU need to be aware of an upcoming deadline: Those who are eligible need to apply by Monday, Feb. 15, to receive the MTSU Guaranteed Transfer Promise Scholarship.

Wendi Pelfrey

Wendi Pelfrey

The university is offering $3,000 per academic year, renewable for up to four semesters.

The requirements include:

  • a 3.0 cumulative college GPA.
  • Forty-five to 105 earned hours after the fall semester before enrolling in the summer or fall at MTSU.
  • applying for admission and meeting all scholarship requirements by Feb. 15. No separate scholarship application is required for the Transfer Promise Scholarship.

More information can be found at www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-transfer.php. Other scholarships available to transfer students can be viewed at this site.

“We don’t want first-time transfer students to miss an opportunity to secure scholarship funds by missing the upcoming Feb. 15 deadline,” said Wendi Pelfrey, interim director of undergraduate recruitment.

MTSU transfer recruiters and admissions staff have been emphasizing the deadline during recent “Paint the Community Colleges True Blue” visits across the state and contact with other potential transfers.

To contact admissions, call 615-898-2233 or email admissions@mtsu.edu.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

MTSU’s ‘Paint the Community Colleges True Blue’ tour nears

MTSU soon will add a personal touch as it courts community college students at campuses across the Tennessee.

The university’s second “Paint the Community Colleges True Blue” tour runs from Jan. 26 through Feb. 11, as teams of admissions counselors and representatives assist students who want to declare dual admissions and plan to transfer to the four-year institution in Murfreesboro.

T-shirts signify Motlow College students made MTSU their choice during the first "Paint the Community College True Blue" tour at the Lynchburg, Tenn., campus, in this March 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by David Foster)

T-shirts signify Motlow College students made MTSU their choice during the first “Paint the Community College True Blue” tour at the Lynchburg, Tenn., campus, in this March 2015 file photo. (MTSU file photo by David Foster)

Dates and college campuses include:

  • Jan. 26 — Motlow State Community College’s Lynchburg campus.
  • Jan. 27 — Motlow State’s Smyrna campus.
  • Jan. 28 — Chattanooga State Community College.
  • Feb. 2 — Jackson State Community College.
  • Feb. 4 — Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.
  • Feb. 10 — Nashville State Community College.
  • Feb. 11 — Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville.

No registration is required. Free food and giveaways are planned.

Workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time. They will be free and, while geared to community college students, will be open to the public.

Dr. Laurie Witherow

Dr. Laurie Witherow

“We’re excited about the opportunity to meet with future MTSU students wanting to transfer to earn their undergraduate and perhaps even graduate degrees,” said Dr. Laurie Witherow, associate vice provost for undergraduate recruitment.

“Our transfer admissions staff and other team members are committed to providing a smooth transition from their community college to our university.”

In addition to declaring dual admissions and meeting with MTSU personnel, the community college students can obtain an MTSU ID card, learn more about Tennessee Transfer Pathways to help them successfully transfer and register for the Finish Line Scholarship to offset any tuition increases while they are enrolled at MTSU.

Agreements signed between MTSU and Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges in recent years allow two-year students to enroll as MTSU students while still pursuing an associate degree. If the students transfer before getting an associate degree, the pacts allow the “reverse transfer” of MTSU credits back to the colleges to earn a two-year credential.

MTSU, which has more than 140 academic programs for students to choose from, offers guaranteed scholarships to transfers who meet academic requirements and are from the TBR system’s 14 community colleges.

For more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php or call 615-898-2233.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Registration remains open for MTSU Spring Preview Day March 21

Registration remains open for the first of two MTSU Spring Preview Days as MTSU admissions, enrollment and academic officials prepare for what will be one of the university’s largest preview days.

More than 1,000 people have preregistered and are expected to attend the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, Spring Preview Day.

In this March 2014 file photo, MTSU senior professional chemistry major Phillip Pulley caught prospective students' attention when a chemical reaction between soap bubbles and fire created a colorful result in a Wiser-Patten Science Hall classroom during Spring Preview Day. This year’s preview day will be Saturday, March 21. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

In this March 2014 file photo, MTSU senior professional chemistry major Phillip Pulley caught prospective students’ attention when a chemical reaction between soap bubbles and fire created a colorful result in a Wiser-Patten Science Hall classroom during Spring Preview Day. This year’s preview day will be Saturday, March 21. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

Spring Preview Day is the university’s signature open house for prospective students and their families. This campus visit program includes department presentations, opportunities to meet faculty and staff from academic areas and student affairs, and take campus tours.

The preview day will begin in the Student Union. To find parking and campus buildings, view a printable campus map at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

The Science Building, which opened in August 2014, will be one of the featured facilities. Others will include Business and Aerospace Building, College of Education Building, James E. Walker Library and more.

To register for the preview day or for more information, visit www.mtsu.edu/RSVP.

true blue spring preview day 2014 graphic croppedAttendees will be able to visit the Student Services and Admission Center and MT One Stop, which sits across from the Student Union on Blue Raider Drive. It houses admissions, tours and records on the first floor. The second-floor MT One Stop handles student concerns regarding financial aid, scholarships, bills, scheduling, transcripts and more.

The second MTSU Spring Preview Day will be held Saturday, June 6.

To contact admissions, call 615-898-2111 or email admissions@mtsu.edu. For questions about tours, call 615-898-5670 or email tours@mtsu.edu.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

 

In this 2014 file photo, prospective students and their families file past the then- under construction MTSU Science Building during Spring Preview Day. Along with daily campus tours, the next admissions special event will be the Saturday, March 21, preview day. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

In this 2014 file photo, prospective students and their families file past the then- under construction MTSU Science Building during Spring Preview Day. Along with daily campus tours, the next admissions special event will be the Saturday, March 21, preview day. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

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