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Home to two award-winning school systems, the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee and a wide array of professional and technical education offerings, Rutherford County has it all in terms of education.

Rutherford County School System

Full list of K-12 Rutherford County Schools

Rutherford County Schools consistently ranks among the best school districts in Tennessee and has outpaced national rankings on a number of measures. It’s the fifth largest district in the state, behind those in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. 

Since the 2000-2001 school year, Rutherford County Schools has added more than 15,000 students for a total enrollment of more than 41,000. During that time, the district has opened 17 new schools and completed additions / renovations at nine other schools.

Despite the county's tremendous growth-rate and the accompanying challenges, Rutherford County Schools has served as a model for many other districts in the areas of academics, planning and safety measures. 

For more information, access the Rutherford County Schools fact book.

Murfreesboro City Schools

Full list of K-12 Murfreesboro City Schools

Murfreesboro City Schools focuses on prekindergarten through sixth grade learning, meeting the needs of the whole child by achieving synergy between the school community and the community as a whole through partnerships in learning. Educators in the 12 schools represented concentrate on research-based, effective instructional strategies allowing children to succeed in their education.

Additionally, MCS children are given many opportunities to learn outside the classroom.  Whether performing in our arts academy, learning science through horticulture or achieving success through one of our many hands-on learning camps, MCS children are excelling.

For more information, visit the Murfreesboro City Schools website.

For the Murfreesboro City Schools Annual Report, click here.  

Higher Education Highlights

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)

Founded in 1911, Middle Tennessee State University has seen over a hundred years of educating and over 90,000 graduates. MTSU is a university that understands its important role as the main destination for Tennessee undergraduates, but also aims to expand its reach nationally and internationally by the many degree programs offered at the college. MTSU promises to generates, preserves and disseminate knowledge and innovation. The University is dedicated to preparing its students to flourish in their chosen field of profession and be able to grow and change society throughout the world.


CLICK HERE for a complete list of academic programs offered by MTSU.

Motlow State Community College

Students of all ages come to Motlow to complete two years of college prior to transferring to a 4-year school, to complete career programs that allow them to immediately enter the workforce, or for personal growth and enjoyment. The College serves full-time, part-time, traditional, and non-traditional students, who are from various socio-economic populations with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Motlow, with four campuses and multiple teaching locations throughout Middle Tennessee, has an enrollment of approximately 4,300 students.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of academic programs offered by Motlow State Community College.

Motlow also offers workforce training and employee development programs geared towards existing industries. Those programs include:

  • One-Stop-Shop training
  • Continuing Education Unit Certificates (CEU’s) retained on college data base for future reference
  • Customized on-site training
  • Consulting in every area of business and industry
  • Transition programs for companies who are downsizing or laying-off workers
  • Partnering with other state agencies and public training companies

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Murfreesboro

Through the years the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology have served as the leading providers for workforce development throughout the state of Tennessee. The colleges accomplish this by offering high quality training and retraining of employed workers, as well as, providing competency-based training in various types of instructional delivery systems, which will allow individuals opportunities for employment or advancement in jobs. The colleges’ offers high quality training that is economical and accessible to all residents of Tennessee, thereby adding to the economic and community development of the districts we serve.

Click here to visit our website for a complete list of academic programs offered by Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

Fulltime Programs offered are:

  • Administrative Office Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Drafting & CAD Technology - (Distance Education Program)
  • Graphic Design & Web Development Technology
  • Heating, Air-Conditioning, & Refrigeration
  • Industrial Electrical Maintenance
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Practical Nursing
  • Surgical Technology
  • Technology Foundations