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Tennessee Technological University: Programs and School Info

Learn what diploma and degree programs Tennessee Technological University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Tennessee Technological University

Founded in 1912, Tennessee Technological University (Tennessee Tech) is located in Cookeville, Tennessee. This public, 4-year institution offers post-master's certificate programs as well as bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Tennessee Tech was ranked the 15th Top Public School in the Regional Universities (South) by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Colleges rankings. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


Tennessee Tech offers 44 bachelor's and 20 graduate degree and post-graduate certificate programs in six academic divisions. It is divided into several colleges that focus on disciplines like agricultural and human sciences, arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and interdisciplinary studies. It includes facilities such as the Heidtke Training Room, a place where business students can simulate activities of real-life investment firms; the Bryan Fine Arts Building, a 55,000 square-foot structure with faculty offices, teaching studios, music and art classrooms; and engineering programming labs that hold 30 Dell computers.

Tennessee Tech is a research university that promotes scholarly proposals that, if approved, are eventually funded by various agencies. Its Office of Research also assists with issues of intellectual property, such as patents and copyrights.

Students can join the orchestra, concert bands or jazz ensembles. They can also participate in sports including basketball, cross-country and soccer. Tennessee Tech students can also join sororities, fraternities, religious groups, honor societies and other special-interest clubs and organizations.


Online and paper applications can be submitted to Tennessee Tech with a $25 application fee. Application process takes 4-6 weeks depending on the time of the year, with an additional 5-7 days for paper applications. Applicants must also submit their high school diplomas or GED certificates. Transfer students must provide official copies of college transcripts. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus prior to submitting their applications. Campus visits consist of walking tours with student admission representatives, possible meetings with department representatives and lunch on campus.

Applicants who are under the age of 21 must submit their official American College Testing (ACT) or their Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) scores. Applicants who 21 or older must take the COMPASS placement exams or be screened based on their ACT scores, provided that they were taken within the past three years. Additionally, the engineering, computer science, math, nursing and health related pre-professional programs have special admissions requirements.

In 2012, the school enrolled nearly 10,000 undergraduate students. Majority of the students are residents of the state of Tennessee, and nearly 50% were female. Eighty-four percent of the students are 24 years of age or under.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, Tennessee Tech's tuition was $14,642 for the full year, including fees, room and board. The school accepts Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Pell Grants and the Academic Competitive Grants (ACG) as well as private and federal loans, including subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans and the Federal Perkins Loan. Students who are residents of the state of Tennessee can also receive funding through the Hope Lottery Scholarship and the Tennessee Student Assistance Awards (TSAA).

According to U.S. News & World Report, Tennessee Tech graduates have the lightest debt loan in the region, less than $10,000 on average. Sixty percent of the school's 2010 graduates finished their programs debt-free.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, bachelor's, master's, doctorates (research/scholarship)*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Remote town*
Student Body 11,768 students in 2012**
Student Housing 13-coed residence halls, 16 residence halls with 2 halls for men and 1 hall for women**
Programs 44 bachelor's and 20 graduate degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Teacher Education, multiple levels (266)
Master's: Educational Leadership and Administration (198)
Doctoral: Engineering (10)
Certificate: Educational Leadership and Administration (118)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who started in Fall 2005:
22.8% in four years
42.9% in five years
50% in 6 years**
Admission Rate 97% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,968 first-year freshman and 803 transfer students in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011:
73% for full-time and 40% for part-time students*
Average SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students Average SAT scores:
480-620 in critical reading
500-650 in math
Average ACT scores:
20-26 in composite
20-26 in English
18-25 in math*
Application Due Date Priority applications due on May 1; regular applications due on August 1***
Tuition $14,642 per year (2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010:
Grants or scholarship aids (93%), federal grants (41%), other federal grants (38%), local and state grants and scholarships (87%), institutional grants and scholarships (27%), federal student loans (43%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% in 2010*

*National Center for Education Statistics, **Tennessee Technological University, ***

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Room 209, Tennessee Technological University, 1 William L. Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505
  • Phone: (931) 372-3888
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