Tennessee Technological University

1 William L. Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN 38505-0001

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Tennessee Technological University, commonly called Tennessee Tech, is a 4-year, public institution of higher learning that was established by the state in 1915.


Tennessee struggled in the early twentieth century to fund the church-supported University of Dixie in the rural town of Cookeville. A move to transfer the school from a privately funded institution to a public school supported by Cookeville and surrounding Putnam County in 1915 revived the school as it adopted a new title, Tennessee Tech and officially opened in the fall of 1916. The technical school initially prepared students for skilled labor in industry and agriculture. By the 1930s, curriculum expanded to offer four-year degrees, and by mid-century, Tennessee Polytechnic Institute transitioned into Tennessee Technological University, organizing academic programs into five colleges. The university continued to expand, adding a nursing program in the 1980s, and extending the campus to 87 structures on 235 acres. Today, more than 11,000 students attend Tennessee Technological University, awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Tennessee Technological University is regionally accredited by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. Additionally, TTU retains a number of programmatic accreditations and memberships, some of which include the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the American Chemical Society.

Nicknamed the Eagles, the 14 teams at TTU compete in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics. TTU also has an athletic facility housing an arena, two indoor tennis courts, fitness center with a pool, and turf fields and a track. Apart from athletics, students can participate in added extracurricular activities with more than 200 clubs and organizations, including departmental groups, Greek Life, honorary societies, faith-based organizations, residence hall groups, service clubs, sports activities, and special interest groups.


TTU offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs categorized into six academic divisions: College of Agriculture & Human Ecology, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, and Graduate Studies. Popular fields of study include: mechanical engineering, business, education, nursing, computer science, and exercise science, physical education and wellness.


TTU also offers online degree programs. Online undergraduate degrees include Accounting Online, Bachelor of Professional Studies, and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Students can pursue online graduate degrees in Distance MBA, Master of Arts - Exercise Studies, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Education, and Master of Science in Nursing. Online teacher education programs include added endorsements and licensure programs. Online opportunities are also available through the Regent Online Degree Program, and students can choose to enroll in non-credit programs.


Demographics at Tennessee Technological University include:
A 56:44 male to female student population ratio
Minority student population of about 7 percent
Student to faculty ratio of 22:1
In-state students representing 88 percent of the school’s population


Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Aid includes loans, scholarships, grants and work-study opportunities. Applicants must fill out the FAFSA in order to determine eligibility. Grant programs include the Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, SMART Grant, and the TSAA state award. Students may also qualify for university scholarships or outside awards. Loan programs include the short-term University Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal PLUS Loans for undergraduate and graduate students.

TTU also supports veterans with financial assistance. Programs supported include the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, VEAP, Vietnam Era GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, and the Dependents GI Bill.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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