Middle Tennessee State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Middle Tennessee State University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 94%. Located southeast of Nashville in Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee State University first opened its doors in 1911. MTSU was the first university in the state to establish an Honors College, an option for high achieving students. The university has an 17-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and the programs in aerospace and the recording industry are both popular and well-regarded. In athletics, the MTSU Blue Raiders compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

Considering applying to Middle Tennessee State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Middle Tennessee State University had an acceptance rate of 94%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 94 students were admitted, making MTSU's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 8,973
Percent Admitted 94%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 39%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Middle Tennessee State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 2% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 640
Math 500 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Middle Tennessee State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to MTSU scored between 510 and 640, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 500 and 620, while 25% scored below 500 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1260 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Middle Tennessee State University.

Requirements

Middle Tennessee State does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that MTSU does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Middle Tennessee State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 93% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 27
Math 18 25
Composite 20 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Middle Tennessee State University's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to MTSU received a composite ACT score between 20 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

Note that MTSU does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Middle Tennessee State does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Middle Tennessee State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.54, and over 57% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to MTSU have primarily high B grades.

Admissions Chances

Middle Tennessee State University, which accepts over 90% of applicants, has a less selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's required range, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Middle Tennessee State also uses a holistic admission approach that considers academic achievement in rigorous coursework. Potential applicants should have a minimum of four units of English; two units of algebra (algebra I and algebra II); one unit of geometry or higher; one additional unit of math; three units of natural science; one unit of United States history; one unit of European history, world history, or world geography; two units of a single foreign language; and one unit of visual and performing arts.

In order to receive guaranteed admission, applicants must complete the recommended coursework and have at least one of the following: a 3.0 GPA or minimum composite ACT score of 22 (or the SAT equivalent), or a minimum GPA of 2.7 with a composite ACT score of 19 (or the SAT equivalent). Applicants who do note meet the criteria for guaranteed admission may be admitted to MTSU by review. All applicants who are not offered guaranteed admission are considered for conditional admission through a review process. Students being considered by review will be asked to submit a personal statement form. The admissions office will consider high school coursework, AP, honors, or dual enrollment classes, and any extenuating circumstances cited in the application.

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