MTSU is Thankful For....

We are thankful. We are True Blue

As one of the oldest universities in Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University has so much to be thankful for. From 125 faculty, staff, and students in 1911 to more than 20,000 students and 3,000 employees in 2022, we are now and forever True Blue. 


Students are at the top of our list. They make MTSU the great University it is. With students from all around the world, we really are the University of Opportunity. While the road to graduation may seem long, we’re here to support them and cheer them on to success. 

 Faculty and staff  

In the face of the pandemic and beyond, our faculty and staff have accomplished things that once seemed impossible. From teaching in Peck Hall to working Bonnaroo alongside our students, our faculty and staff served our students in the best possible way. We are a top University because of them. 


We’re thankful for the leadership of Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, who has led the University since 2001. Under his leadership, MTSU has added more than 40 degree programs, raised admission standards, and added more than $1.3 billion in construction and renovations.   


We’re thankful for our alumni – all 159,095 of them. Whether they turned their tassels recently or decades ago, we’re proud of their success and accomplishments. As the saying goes, once a Blue Raider, always a Blue Raider.  

A ‘W’ in Miami  

And we’d be remiss not to include the victory of our Blue Raider football team over the University of Miami on the road in Miami, Florida.   

We are thankful. We are True Blue.   

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