Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University Enrollment Information

Located in Cookeville, Tennessee, Tennessee Technological University is a 4-year, public university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Is Tennessee Technological University the School for You?

Tennessee Technological University (TTU) was founded in 1915, and its rural, 235-acre campus is located between Nashville and Knoxville in Cookeville, Tennessee. This school is a 4-year, public university and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. According to U.S. News and World Report, Tennessee Tech's most popular major is education; this major is offered at multiple degree levels. Other popular majors include medical engineering, biology, and business administration. Read about the pros and cons as well as admissions, enrollment, and student life information for Tennessee Technological University to determine if it's right for you.


  • Ranked 33rd among regional universities in the South
  • Acceptance rate is 93%, which is 29.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $16,268 lower than the national average
  • Accepts dual and AP credit
  • Very low number of TAs teaching classes


  • Total cost is $3,502 higher than the national average for 4-year, public schools
  • Graduation rate is 23%, which is 17 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 22:1, which is 6 students higher than the national average
  • Located more than 50 miles from major cities and airports

Rankings & School Analysis

In its early days, Tennessee Tech's humble student population grew and canned its own food, maintained the grounds, and contributed to building the school's first academic halls. Today, more than 11,000 students study at this school, which offers more than 40 bachelor's degree and 20 graduate degree programs. Notable TTU alumni include an astronaut, a 4-star general, a NFL pro-bowl player, and a country music star.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Tennessee Technological University 33rd among regional universities in the South in 2013. Additionally, despite the higher-than-average student-teacher ratio, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there is a very low number of graduate assistants teaching classes at this school (13%). So, though your classes may include 22 or more students, 87% of your instructors will be professors.

In a 2012 study of U.S. colleges, U.S. News and World Report found that Tennessee Technological University was among the 10 schools with the least student debt for 2011 graduates. TTU student debt came to an average of $9,952, which is considerably lower than the $26,220 national average reported by U.S. News and World Report. So, though the NCES reports a higher-than-average total cost and a lower-than-average 4-year graduation rate, students generally graduate with relatively low debt.

Some other factors to consider when looking at this school include the fact that your chances of getting in are higher than average; the NCES reveals that only 7% of applicants were denied admission in 2012. Also, if you want to get started on some college credits before you finish high school, you may want to know that Tennessee Tech accepts AP and dual credit. Additional learning opportunities at TTU include Army and Air Force ROTC, teacher certification, study abroad, and distance learning.

Getting In and Financial Aid at Tennessee Technological University

Generally, TTU applicants are required to have a high school GPA of 2.0 coupled with a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT, or a GPA of 2.5 coupled with an ACT score of 17. If you do not meet these requirements, you may submit a letter to the admissions review committee, and your application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. According to the NCES, although 93% of those who applied in 2012 were accepted, less than half of that number actually chose to enroll. If you want to apply, you should complete an online application, and you must submit a $25 fee, SAT or ACT scores, and official transcripts. The school states that your application should take about 4-6 weeks to process. Though Tennessee Tech has a higher-than-average acceptance rate, certain programs, like engineering and nursing, have higher standards for admission.

Students at Tennessee Tech can apply for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and student employment. TTU does not list a strict deadline to apply for financial aid, but the priority deadline for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is March 15. If you plan to apply for scholarships at this school, you should do so by December 15. U.S. News and World Report shows that 88.7% of students applied for financial aid in 2011 and, of that number, 22.3% had their full need met.

Admissions & Financial Aid
Regular Application Deadline (2013) August 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 15 priority deadline****
Notification of Acceptance (2013) About 4-6 weeks after application*
Application Fee (2013) $25**
Acceptance Rate (2012) 93%**
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $6,692 for state residents; $20,852 for non-residents**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $4,111***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 22.3%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $9,952***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.9%**

Student Life at Tennessee Technological University

With 14 NCAA Division I teams, 2 indoor tennis courts, a fitness center, a pool, handball courts, and weight rooms, there will be plenty to keep you active while on campus. Other choices for extracurricular involvement at Tennessee Tech include a chess club, foundry society, robotics club, equestrian team, and visual arts group, as well as various Greek organizations. Though this school is located in a rural setting, Nashville is 82 miles away, and Knoxville is slightly more than 100 miles away, so road trips to more urban settings are possible. Within Cookeville, there are various dining, cultural, and outdoor sporting possibilities as well.

According to the College Board, less than one-third of undergraduate students lived on campus in 2011, but two-thirds of freshmen lived in student housing in that year. If you're thinking about living in campus-affiliated housing at TTU, the options available to you include co-ed, apartment-style, theme, single-gender, and fraternity/sorority housing. According to the NCES, most of the students at Tennessee Tech come from within the state of Tennessee, and most students attend full-time. Also, of first-time, full-time students who began their studies in 2010, 73% returned for a second year of study; this means that more than one-quarter of freshman did not choose to continue their studies, either for academic or personal reasons.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Remote town**
Student Population (2011) 9,920 undergraduates and 1,848 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 53% male to 47% female**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 89%**
% of In-State Students (2011)96%**
% of International Students (2011)2%**
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 73% for full-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living On-Campus (2011) 27%****
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities About 200 student clubs and organizations*

Article Sources: *Tennessee Technological University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News and World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Tennessee Technological University, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 5006, Cookeville, TN 38505-0001
  • Phone: 931-372-3888