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Tennessee Technological University, also known as Tennessee Tech or TTU, is a public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee. It was founded as a private institution in 1909 and after a few name changes, it was given its current name of Tennessee Technological University. Tennessee Tech places a special emphasis on undergraduate education in fields related to engineering and technology, but degrees in liberal arts, agriculture, education, nursing, and other areas of study can also be pursued.


Tennessee Technological University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to grant degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. It also holds other accreditations from agencies such as The American Chemical Society, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

As a comprehensive university, Tennessee Tech offers over 40 bachelor’s and 20 graduate degree programs in diverse areas of study such as basic engineering, computer science, foreign languages, sociology and political science, economics, finance, and marketing. Tennessee Tech is comprised of the following academic divisions: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Graduate Studies.

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Students seeking admission to Tennessee Tech must fulfill the admission requirements set by the institution. Applicants must submit a completed application form along with their official transcripts. Students must take one of the following tests: ACT, SAT, or COMPASS. Those seeing a transfer to the institute must send the official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission to TTU.

Financial Aid

Tennessee Tech’s financial aid office serves as a vital point of reference for students who require assistance with educational expenses. It helps students determine need and identify programs of financial aid which are suitable to their specific situations. TTU offers financial assistance to students through different mediums such as grants, loans and scholarships. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered eligible.

Grants are a type of financial aid that doesn’t need to be returned. Some of the different grants available at TTU include Pell grant, SEOG grant, TSAA grant, ACG & SMART grants. Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. Some of the various loans offered at TTU include Subsidized loan, Unsubsidized loan, Federal Perkins loan, Parent PLUS loan, Alternative student loans, and Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans.

Students can also apply for several different types of scholarships available at Tennessee Technological University. Some of the popular scholarships include New Student Admissions scholarships, the University Academic Service scholarship, Vice Presidents’ Scholarship, Admissions Academic Service Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Service Scholarship, Golden Eagle Excellence Scholarship, and Leadership Scholarship. Other scholarship programs include Transfer Student Admissions Scholarships, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Transfer Honors Scholarship, ROTC Scholarships, and Athletics Scholarships.

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Ranks 5252nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students at Tennessee Tech enjoy a vibrant and active life. The institute believes in merging academics with extracurricular activities to ensure that students enjoy an overall development. TTU provides a rich campus experience with over 200 clubs and organizations including fraternities, sororities, honor societies and religious groups. Some of the popular clubs include Paintball Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Wakeboard Club, and Odyssey of the Mind Club.

Greek life has a strong presence on the campus. There are several fraternities and sororities governed by the Panhellenic Interfraternity Council and the National Panhellenic Council. The Greek organizations on campus include Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Delta Theta. Greek Beat is the official newsletter of the University.

Career services at TTU help students work towards their career objectives. The institute encourages students to visit the campus during their freshman or sophomore year. Students are made to re-evaluate their career decisions, set realistic goals, and develop strategies to attain career success.

Campus Facilities:

Tennessee Tech offers decent housing options for the students. There are 15 residence halls and over 300 apartments for on-campus living, including two new halls equipped with modern amenities. There are halls for men only, women only, and co-ed halls. Many dining options are also available at Tennessee Tech. Students can sip some coffee at Starbucks or grab a quick snack at the cafeteria. The Marketplace cafeteria offers vegan and vegetarian choices, a salad bar, paninis, pizza and pasta, and fresh baked goods.

Some of the popular educational and administrative buildings on the campus include: Roaden University Center (RUC), Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, The Hooper Eblen Center, Volpe Library, Bartoo Hall, Bryan Fine Arts, T.J. Farr Building, Matthews Daniel Hall, Prescott Hall, and Derryberry Hall. Gerald D. Coorts Memorial Arboretum is an arboretum situated on the campus of Tennessee Technological University.

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The athletic department of Tennessee Technological University sponsors men’s and women’s teams that participate in diverse sports such as basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, cross country, golf, track and tennis. The colors are Purple & Gold. The sports teams are nicknamed as the Golden Eagles. The athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.


The “Blizzard” is a tradition, started in 1984, when students celebrated the first victorious shot made by TTU in a basketball game against MTSU, by throwing showers of “Tech Squares” into the air. After MTSU moved to the Sun Belt Conference, the Blizzard is now celebrated against the Austin Peay State University.


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Tennessee Tech is one of the 50 Best Value public colleges and universities in the country, according to The Princeton Review 2010 edition. It was one of only three public universities in Tennessee and the only Tennessee Board of Regents institution on the 2010 list.

Tennessee Technological University pays significant attention to research. There are several research facilities located on the campus, including the Center for Energy Systems Research (CESR), Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR), Center for the Management Utilization & Protection of Water Resources, Center for Teaching & Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (TNCFRU).


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Ranks 15th in Tennessee and 778th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 282nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 17 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 5 0.04

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4706

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 745th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,808 $5,808 $20,808
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,255 $1,255 $1,255
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $242 $242 $867
FT Graduate Tuition $7,780 $7,780 $21,520
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,159 $1,159 $1,159
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $389 $389 $1,076
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,963 $22,963 $37,963
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,963 $22,963 $37,963
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,663 $14,663 $29,663

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,406 $6,692 $6,406 $6,692 $20,038 $20,852
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,030 $2,180
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,940 $8,140
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,050 $4,350
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,140
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,350
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $4,350

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,973 (2,738 male / 2,235 female)
Admitted 4,633 (2,554 male / 2,079 female)
Admission rate 93%
First-time Enrollment 2,176 (1,243 male / 933 female)
FT Enrollment 2,162 (1,234 male / 928 female)
PT Enrollment 14 (9 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment11,118

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

466th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

SAT Test Admission

301st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 4%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,542
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$4,160
Board Fee$4,022

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1471st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,307 ($74,937 male / $54,448 female)
Number of FT Faculty 388 (228 male / 160 female)
Number of PT Faculty 650
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $12,909,370

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