MTSU True Blue Tour Heads To Chattanooga

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
A crowd of area high school students and their families attend the True Blue Tour event last year in Chattanooga
A crowd of area high school students and their families attend the True Blue Tour event last year in Chattanooga
- photo by Randy Weiler

Middle Tennessee State University’s admissions team, administrators and staff from multiple departments will continue the 2017 True Blue Tour with a visit next week to Chattanooga. 

Chattanooga will be the ninth stop on the 12-city tour as MTSU goes on the road to recruit prospective undergraduate, graduate and transfer students at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. At 11:30 a.m., the university hosts area counselors and community college staff for a luncheon. 

The event is free. Public, private and homeschool students and their guests from Hamilton, Bradley, Marion, Polk, Franklin, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Grundy and other southeast Tennessee counties are welcome to attend. 

To register, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php.  

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Provost Mark Byrnes are scheduled to join other administrators and deans from the university’s eight academic colleges, advisers and counselors from the admissions and financial aid offices on the tour. They will be on hand to answer questions from prospective students, potential transfer students and their parents at the events. 

This year, the 2017 True Blue Tour has expanded to 12 cities across Tennessee and the region. MTSU added Birmingham as a recruiting stop — Wednesday, Nov. 8, the final destination as the university prepares to add students for 2018 and beyond. 

In addition to Chattanooga, the tour will visit Johnson City Wednesday and Knoxville Thursday, Atlanta Nov. 2 and Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama, Nov. 7-8. The True Blue Tour already has traveled to Memphis, Jackson, Franklin, and Nashville in Tennessee and to Bowling Green and Louisville, Ky. 

Linda Olsen, director of undergraduate recruitment, encourages prospective students and their families to “plan to join MTSU as we visit a city near you. We will be traveling from our campus in Murfreesboro to share our True Blue spirit with those who want to learn more about MTSU.” 

“The True Blue Tour is a great opportunity to come out and meet President McPhee, our college deans, departmental advisers and enrollment staff who can help show you how to join our MTSU family,” Ms. Olsen added. 

President McPhee calls the True Blue Tours “the highlight of our recruitment events.”  Last year, MTSU’s contingent “traveled to these tour stops to present information about admissions, scholarships, financial aid and academic programs to nearly 3,000 prospective students and family members,” he said.

President McPhee said alumni and friends of the university from across Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky are welcome to attend the student reception. 

For more information, call email admissions@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-2233.
 

Emily Fisher, right, a Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences senior last year, and others learn about MTSU College of Education program offerings from university advisers Alicia Abney and Bryanna Licciardi during the True Blue Tour visit at the Chattanooga Convention Center last October. Ms. Fisher is a freshman this fall in the MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.
Emily Fisher, right, a Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences senior last year, and others learn about MTSU College of Education program offerings from university advisers Alicia Abney and Bryanna Licciardi during the True Blue Tour visit at the Chattanooga Convention Center last October. Ms. Fisher is a freshman this fall in the MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.
- Photo2 by Randy Weiler


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