Colleges & Universities in Middle Tennessee

World Class Higher Education Institutions in Middle Tennessee

Home to Middle Tennessee State University, Motlow State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Rutherford County offers our residents a wide range of higher education opportunities.

The Middle Tennessee region is home to over 30 colleges and universities, 12 of which are within a 45-minute drive of Rutherford County, TN and more than 125,000 students are enrolled in higher education in our area, the largest concentration in a four-state region.

Middle Tennessee State University

#1 Largest Computer Science Program in Middle Tennessee • Top 25 Music Business School by Billboard • Top 3 Aerospace Program in the Nation
• 1 of 5 unmanned aircraft degree programs in the U.S. • #1 provider of region’s workforce

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is the largest university in Middle Tennessee, with over 23,000 students enrolled and over 140 academic programs. The institution believes collaborations between companies and the university are critical drivers of our innovation economy. MTSU is also nationally recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for fostering business relationships beyond the campus.

Home to several award-winning academic programs, MTSU partners with local organizations to create a fully-equipped and talented workforce pipeline. Their business, data science, aerospace, nursing, early-acceptance health care, and recording industry programs are just a few academic programs recognized across the nation and world for the exceptional education they provide.

Check out a few of the university's partnerships with leading companies.

MTSU Delta Airlines Partnership

MTSU, General Mills and Hop Springs Fermentation Partnership 

MTSU Concrete Management Program

MTSU Mechatronics Program partnership with Bridgestone 

MTSU Data Science Institute Second Harvest Partnership 

Motlow State Community College

Motlow State Community College is a public, multi-campus college in Middle Tennessee. The college offers certificates, associate degrees, and flexible learning pathways towards a variety of bachelor’s degrees and industry-recognized training programs leading to high-wage, high-demand careers.

Motlow has a robust selection of agreements with state institutions that offer their graduates a host of benefits and supported pathways toward 4-year degrees. As one of Tennessee’s top-performing institutions, Motlow provides early postsecondary opportunities to high school students and consistently leads the state in dual enrollment programming. Motlow’s quality, flexibility, and variety of programs are crafted to meet the needs of all students.

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In addition to being nationally recognized for automation, robotics, and mechatronics, Motlow has a reputation for integrating emerging technologies into their learning environments, which include traditional, hybrid, online, cohort, and fast-track.

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology

The Murfreesboro and Smyrna campuses of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology offer modern training facilities designed to simulate the occupational environment found in potential places of employment. TCAT provides state-of-the-art technical training for workers to gain the technical skills and professional training necessary for advancement in today's competitive job market.

Murfreesboro Campus

Smyrna Campus

Scholarship & Financial Aid Programs

Tennessee has embraced a critical mission: the Drive to 55 – the drive to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. It’s not just a mission for higher education, but also a mission for Tennessee’s future workforce and economic development.

  • TN Promise: Tennessee Promise is a scholarship program to help more Tennessee high school graduates attend college. With it, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to offer high school graduates two years of community or technical college tuition-free.
  • TN Reconnect: The Tennessee Reconnect program helps more adults attend a community college or technical college and complete a post-secondary degree or credential, tuition-free.
  • Hope Scholarship: The HOPE Scholarship is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen who are enrolled at an eligible post-secondary institution within sixteen (16) months after graduating from a TN eligible high school.

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