INSIDE MTSU: March 22 MTSU Spring Preview Day is all about the future

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A spacious first-floor lobby area will help prospective MTSU students and visitors find tours, admissions and the Records office in the Student Services and Admissions Center and MT One Stop. The building recently opened. Photo courtesy Andy Heidt/MTSU

One day after Scholars Week at MTSU concludes this Friday, hundreds of prospective scholars will be on campus for their own special event.

Saturday, March 22, looks to be an exciting experience at MTSU high school and transfer students visit.

They will be attending the annual Spring Preview Day, MTSU’s signature open house for prospective students and their families. This campus visit program includes department presentations, opportunities to meet faculty and staff from academic areas and student affairs, and take campus tours. All students are welcome; high school seniors and transfer students are highly encouraged to attend.

To register, visit the admissions website,, and click on “Special Events.”

While many students will be concentrating on the programs in mass communication, liberal arts and others, a special emphasis will be on the sciences.

That’s because on the south side of campus the new $147 million Science Building stands more than 80 percent finished. It is scheduled to open January 2015.

Saturday, MTSU will get to show one building and show off another new campus gem.

MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences officials will let budding scientists and their families stand outside the 257,000-square-foot Science Building. Because of safety concerns and 1,000 people registered, no building tours will be conducted.

However, this will not deter hearty laughter from Dean Bud Fischer or smiles from his staff as they tout the future and promise the state-of-the-art building will bring.

“It’s going to be a great day,” Fischer said. “Our faculty and staff have been preparing for the preview day for months. I cannot express how excited we are. I wish we could take visitors through the building. Eventually, we will have that opportunity. However, we will be able to show the outside of the building and pictures of the inside of the building and say, ‘Your classes and labs will be in these spaces.’”

Several buildings away, two of the university’s newest buildings will be focal points of the preview day and touring process, and all visitors can enter.

Everyone will gather at the Student Union, which opened in August 2012, to start their visit.

Directly across Blue Raider Drive from the Student Union are the newly opened Student Services and Admission Center and MT One Stop, a blending of nearly 100 employees from five offices and three buildings. This 58,000-square-foot building with brick exterior will provide student-centered convenience for current and future students, their families and visitors.

The first floor will accommodate admissions, tours and people with Office of Records needs.

New MT One Stop Director Crickett Pimentel said current MTSU students should go directly to the second-floor MT One Stop front desk to get their questions answered.

The MT One Stop will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Extended hours and some Saturday hours are anticipated. It will be open Saturday.

Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Laurie Witherow will serve as the building’s senior administrator.

Randy Weiler is a writer and media liaison with the MTSU Office of News and Media Relations. He can be reached by calling 615-898-5616 or email

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Members Opinions:
March 21, 2014 at 2:19pm
This article was interesting to me because I knew that MTSU had a spring preview day but I didn’t know what all goes on on campus for this to happen. It seems that this would have been helpful for me to do before I came to campus here is 2010 but I went to customs orientation and we did basically the same thing they are going to do, except now there are new buildings for the students to walk through and an overall nicer side of campus on the east because all of those buildings are newer. The new science building is probably going to be the main focus of the tour for the students even though they can’t actually go inside. I would love to see the inside once its finished but I am graduating this semester from MTSU.

It’s crazy that this article says that there are 1,000 people registered for this event, if everyone of those students decides to come to MTSU it will definitely be a big boost for the university money wise. I think that this event will help the university to get more students to come to Murfreesboro to come to college and Murfreesboro and the surrounding community will keep growing.
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