Middle Tennessee State University Reviews
I was incredibly grateful for my time at Middle Tennessee State University. It taught me a lot about life outside of school as well as how to work hard towards my degree. It definitely prepared me to now further my education in a new Master's program.
Overall MTSU was OK. Someone else mentioned it being a suitcase school-most people going home on the weekends. This is absolutely the case. So weekends are hit or miss. I even knew several people from neighboring states who commuted daily from those states. One great thing about this school is the academic common market program. If you come from out of state you can get in-state tuition if your selected major isn't available at any of the school from your home state. Saved me a ton of money. I was a student in the school of mass communications. MTSU touts it's Mass Comm program as one of the best in the nation. It especially pushes the importance of it's Recording Industry program. The staff and faculty make it seem as though a Rec Ind degree from MTSU will cement a fast track job in the music industry for the lucky ones who graduate. My friends and I all referred to this as "the great lie." If you're considering working in the recording industry, try to talk with some people working in the industry...A&R types, promoters, agents, etc. They will all tell you that a degree is not going to open any doors for you. My circle of recording industry friends at graduation was around 20-25 people. Of that group, not one person has ever worked in the recording industry except for one friend who opened his own recording studio. However, that's a part time nights and weekends thing as he has a day job that has nothing to do with this industry. I did two internships in Nashville. Most everyone I knew did at least two internships. We were all told the same thing "You want a job? Get experience." These days, I work in the same field I worked in while in the military (I joined after graduating from MTSU.) Luckily my company sees a degree as a checklist item as in it's just something that shows you can see something through to the end. Overall, it's not a bad school. My issue is more with the school of mass communications and the great lie they tell about the importance of their school. If you want to pursue a career in the recording industry; just get out there and do it. If you insist on taking college classes, study business, marketing, etc. This will help you a great deal more than MTSU's recording industry program.
I would definitely recommend this degree program to anyone who is looking to work in the recording industry. It's a very difficult field to enter, and the path is far foggier than standard majors, but commitment to this program, at Middle Tennessee, pays dividends.
It was a big suit case school so most people went home on the weekend. As far as academics I think I would have chosen another school as it just reminded me of high school. I did not really learn how to get a job in my field.
The History Department at MTSU is very involved in the student's progress over the course of study and goes above and beyond in writing strong letters of recommendation upon graduation. Professors were flexible in the event that their office hours did not fit the student's schedule. This flexibility helped me tremendously during Historian's Craft, arguably the toughest history course. A daunting 20 page essay was due in Historian's Craft, but the professor was kind enough to meet us individually at the library to review our outlines and make recommendations. He wanted us to succeed and went the extra mile to support us. This helped alleviate the pressure and made it a fun investigation assignment. History requires excessive research and writing. For a student that gradually chips away at long term essays, it was very reassuring knowing the professors were willing to review my rough drafts. By the deadline, I felt confident handing in my paper knowing it had already been analyzed, critiqued and improved. Only thing I might discourage is the 3 hour classes offered once on Monday. Avoid the 3 hour classes, if you can, because it is tough to maintain focus in a lecture structured instruction, particularly during the evening. Otherwise, enjoy the experience. Get to know your advisor really well and make sure to take advantage of office hours. The professors will notice you are doing your best and will be more than willing to help you succeed. Also keep in touch with professors after graduation, because they have always been willing to write letters of recommendation. Best of luck!
MTSU was a great school. I loved the professors, student activities and the local area.
MTSU is a decent school. The science program however was mediocre at best. Facility was outdated and professors all seemed burned out. However, I have heard that the new science building is "amazing."
Middle Tennessee State University is a very diverse school and the College of Education does prepare future teachers for jobs in the school system. Candidates see a wide range of schools environments and are able to observe many teachers that are professional and proficient in their field of expertise.
MTSU has grown in the 7 years I was there for both undergraduate and graduate school. Most of the administrative staff is helpful. Faculty is touch and go depending on the department. Student excitement and involvement is lacking compared to other big public universities in the state.
I went here because it was local and I had a full scholarship. The college experience is really what you make it, though. The one problem was that the administration didn't care enough about students and spent a lot more money on fundraising and campus aesthetics than the actual programs.