Admissions Procedures/Requirements

Applying to be a student at Tennessee Tech is quick and painless so don’t delay! Depending on the time of year that you finish submitting your application materials, processing usually takes 4-6 weeks. We encourage all students to apply for admissions and scholarships before December 15th to meet the scholarship deadline.

Application Deadlines:

Fall - August 1 (Scholarship Deadline - December 15)

Spring - December 1

Summer - May 1

There are several factors that we consider to ensure that students will be successful here at Tennessee Tech. In each section is information on requirements for admission. If you see that you do not currently meet our admission requirements, then feel free to contact us to find out how TTU can still be in your future. For questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Freshman Applicants

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. At the end of the application, you can simply submit the $25 non-refundable application fee* by using a credit card. (If you have ever paid the undergraduate application fee to TTU before, you do not need to do so again.) If you wish to not pay with a credit card, you can mail us a check or money order for the $25 application fee* to the address below.

* Currently under TBR policy B-060, application fees must be "uniformly charged" and therefore fee waivers are not available.

Mail transcripts

To accurately evaluate you for admissibility, you will need to submit official transcripts from your diploma-granting high school or GED. If you are a high school student taking dual-credit courses and/or AP exams, you will need to send these official transcripts as well. Failure to notify Tennessee Tech University of all previous post-secondary coursework is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133. Freshman under the age of 21 will need official ACT or SAT scores sent if they are not posted on the high school transcript. For those that are currently enrolled in high school, we can usually make a pending decision based on a partial transcript of just 6 or 7 semesters of grades.

 

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts, transcripts addressed to the student or marked "Issued to Student" or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes. To be considered as "official transcripts", they must be mailed via US Postal Mail directly from the institution.

Send any materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What's Next

Now what? Well, we've got a whole list that will keep you ahead of the game at www.tntech.edu/admissions/checklists/ including scholarships, housing, health forms, orientation, and more!

Freshmen Under 21 Years Old

  • 2.00 high school GPA AND 19 ACT Composite* AND 15+ ACT sub-scores†
  • 2.50 high school GPA AND 17 ACT Composite** AND 15+ ACT sub-scores†

* equivalent to a SAT score of 900 (Critical Reading + Math)
** equivalent to a SAT score of 820 (Critical Reading + Math)
† exception to this sub-score requirement may be allowed for students scoring sufficiently on the COMPASS exam

Freshmen 21 Years of Age or Older

  • 2.00 high school GPA
  • score sufficiently on the COMPASS exam

Freshmen Without a High School Diploma (GED)

  • 525+ on the GED

Additional Requirements for Certain Programs

A few programs at Tennessee Tech have additional admission requirements for admission. If a student meets the general admission requirements, but not the requirements specific this program, the student will be admitted to the Student Success Program (also known as General Curriculum or General Health Studies). Again, these additional requirements only affect which academic advisor you have, not which classes you will take.

Programs with additional requirements

  • Engineering – 2.35 GPA and 20 ACT Composite and 20 ACT Math subscore
  • Computer Science – 21 ACT Math subscore
  • Math - 21 ACT Math subscore
  • Nursing – 3.00 GPA and 20 ACT Composite
  • Health Related Pre-Professional Programs – 3.00 GPA and 21 ACT Composite and 21 ACT Math subscore

What if I Don't Meet the Minimum Requirements for Admission?

Students who do not meet all of the requirements listed above may submit a letter to the Admissions Review Committee explaining their circumstances. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer or 2+2 Applicants

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. At the end of the application, you can simply submit the $25 non-refundable application fee* by using a credit card. (If you have ever paid the undergraduate application fee to TTU before, you do not need to do so again.) If you wish to not pay with a credit card, you can mail us a check or money order for the $25 application fee* to the address below.

 

* Currently under TBR policy B-060, application fees must be "uniformly charged" and therefore fee waivers are not available.

 

Mail transcripts

To accurately evaluate you for admissibility, you will need to submit official transcripts from your diploma-granting high school or GED and all colleges in which you were ever enrolled (including transcripts from dual-credit courses and/or AP exams). Failure to notify Tennessee Tech University of all previous post-secondary coursework is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133. If you have less than 24 transferrable college-level hours we may also need recent ACT/SAT scores (or COMPASS scores if over 21 with no recent college-level math, English, and reading courses). For those that are currently enrolled in college, we can sometimes make a pending decision while you are enrolled in your last semester.

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts, transcripts addressed to the student or marked "Issued to Student" or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes. To be considered as "official transcripts", they must be mailed via US Postal Mail directly from the institution. Transcripts from institutions not residing in the U.S. must have coursework evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) www.naces.org. A course by course evaluation is required for any transfer credit to be awarded.

Send any materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What's Next

Now what? Well, we've got a whole list that will keep you ahead of the game at www.tntech.edu/admissions/checklists/ including scholarships, housing, health forms, and more! Students with more than 24 hours of college-level transfer credit taken after high school are not required to attend an orientation and can simply contact their academic department to register for classes.

2 + 2 Applicants

The TTU College of Education offers its Elementary Education Licensure program on the campuses of Pellissippi State (Hardin Valley), Roane State (Crossville, Harriman, Oak Ridge, and Scott County), Motlow (McMinnville and Moore County) and Chattanooga State. When the time comes to join a TTU cohort you'll need to apply BOTH to TTU and the Teacher Education Program.

On your admissions application, be sure to indicate the campus at which you would like to participate in the "For 2+2 Education students" in the "Additional Information" area. The major that you will need to select is "Multidisciplinary Studies" with a concentration in "Elementary Education".

Be sure to complete the application procedure for Teacher Education as well. Their application deadline for each Fall cohort is January 31. Since you'll be enrolled in TTU's classes you'll also need to complete the first two forms listed here: www.tntech.edu/healthservices/forms/. For any questions, please contact the Education Advising Center at www.tntech.edu/education/2plus2/ or (931) 372-6036.

A "transfer" student is one who has completed twenty-four college-level, transferable semester hours of degree credit or the equivalent at another college (or other colleges) AFTER high school graduation. If you are not transferring this amount of credit then you will be evaluated with a fitting combination of freshman and transfer admission requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 in last full-time semester (or last 12 hours for part-time students) AND
  • 2.00 overall GPA (includes all previous coursework (except developmental courses) at all institutions)

An applicant under disciplinary suspension or probation will not be considered for admission until a satisfactory statement has been furnished by the former college and approval given by the Admissions Review Committee of Tennessee Technological University.

Additional Requirements for Certain Programs

A few programs at Tennessee Tech have additional admission requirements for admission. If a student meets the general admission requirements, but not the requirements specific this program, they will be admitted to the Student Success Program (also known as General Curriculum or General Health Studies). Again, these additional requirements only affect which academic advisor you have, not which classes you will take.

2 + 2 Applicants

Students who are participating in the 2+2 Program through the Office of Teacher Education will also need to meet admission requirements for this department.

What if I Don't Meet the Minimum Requirements for Admission?

Students who do not meet all of the requirements listed above may submit a letter to the Admissions Review Committee explaining their circumstances. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Former Tech Students

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. Since you have enrolled at TTU before, there is no need to pay an application fee.

If you are returning after a first suspension you'll simply need to apply for readmission. If you are returning from a second suspension you'll need to fill out a Readmission after Suspension Form. If you are appealing a suspension then you'll also need to fill out the Readmission after Suspension Form.

Mail transcripts

We'll just need the transcripts that you have accumulated since leaving TTU. Failure to notify Tennessee Tech University of all previous post-secondary coursework is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133.

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts, transcripts addressed to the student or marked "Issued to Student" or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes. To be considered as "official transcripts", they must be mailed via US Postal Mail directly from the institution.

Send any materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What's Next

Now what? If admitted you'll simply need to contact your advisor to register for classes.

If you left TTU on good standing and haven't attended any other institutions since leaving TTU, readmission is simply a matter of filling out an application. If you've attending elsewhere since leaving TTU the following requirements apply:

Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 in last full-time semester (or last 12 hours for part-time students) AND
  • 2.00 overall GPA since leaving TTU

An applicant under disciplinary suspension or probation will not be considered for admission until a satisfactory statement has been furnished by the former college and approval given by the Admissions Review Committee of Tennessee Technological University.

What if I Don't Meet the Minimum Requirements for Admission?

Students who do not meet all of the requirements listed above may submit a letter to the Admissions Review Committee explaining their circumstances. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Transient Applicants

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. At the end of the application, you can simply submit the $25 non-refundable application fee* by using a credit card. (If you have ever paid the undergraduate application fee to TTU before, you do not need to do so again.) If you wish to not pay with a credit card, you can mail us a check or money order for the $25 application fee* to the address below.

 

* Currently under TBR policy B-060, application fees must be "uniformly charged" and therefore fee waivers are not available.

 

In the online application, please select the "Undergraduate Transfer" as your application type. The major that you will choose will be "Non-Degree/Special Programs". Also, in the Additional information section, for the question "What degree are you working towards at TTU?", simply answer with "I will be an transient student for {term, such as Summer, and the year, such as 2011}."

Mail transcripts

To accurately evaluate you for admissibility, we will need either a “Letter of Good Standing” from your home institution OR an official transcript. Misrepresenting your academic credentials is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133. If sending a transcript keep in mind that the department you are taking a class in may wish to see this to make sure you have all required pre-requisites. If you’d like us to send this to a department just let us know which one.

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts, transcripts addressed to the student or marked "Issued to Student" or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes. To be considered as "official transcripts", they must be mailed via US Postal Mail directly from the institution.

Send any materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What’s Next

Now what? If admitted you’ll simply need to contact the College of Arts & Sciences Student Success Center to sign up for classes at 931-372-3610 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Once you complete the semester you’ll need to fill out a transcript request at www.tntech.edu/records/transcripts/ to have us send a transcript back to your home institution after your grades are recorded.

Admission Requirements

  • “Letter of Good Standing” from home institution OR
  • official transcript

If the class that you wish to take requires a pre-requisite course the academic department may require a transcript before letting you register for the course. If you had this transcript mailed to the Admissions Office, we will be happy to supply the department with a copy (Please note: The online accounting program is an exception in that they require their own official copies) by your request.

Additional Bachelors Applicants

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. At the end of the application, you can simply submit the $25 non-refundable application fee* by using a credit card. (If you have ever paid the undergraduate application fee to TTU before, you do not need to do so again.) If you wish to not pay with a credit card, you can mail us a check or money order for the $25 application fee* to the address below.

 

* Currently under TBR policy B-060, application fees must be "uniformly charged" and therefore fee waivers are not available.

 

When completing the online application, you will need to choose either the "Undergraduate Readmission" application type (if you earned your bachelors degree at TTU) or "Undergraduate Transfer" application type (If you earned your bachelors degree at another institution). To help clarify your application, under the "Additional Information" section, type in "Seeking an additional bachelors degree" for the question, "What degree are you working towards at TTU?".

Mail transcripts

To accurately evaluate you for admissibility, you will need to submit official transcripts from all colleges in which you were ever enrolled (including transcripts from dual-credit courses and/or AP exams). Failure to notify Tennessee Tech University of all previous post-secondary coursework is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133. We will use these transcripts to apply as much credit towards your next degree as possible.

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts, transcripts addressed to the student or marked "Issued to Student" or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes. To be considered as "official transcripts", they must be mailed via US Postal Mail directly from the institution.

Send any materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What’s Next

Now what? After receiving admission to Tennessee Tech, you'll simply contact your academic department to register for classes!

Admission Requirement

  • a bachelor’s degree

If you have taken additional classes beyond the granting of your bachelor’s degree then our requirements for admission as a transfer student will apply.

What if I Don't Meet the Minimum Requirements for Admission?

Students who do not meet all of the requirements listed above may submit a letter to the Admissions Review Committee explaining their circumstances. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Early Admission

Some high-achieving students that have completed their junior year in high school will have the opportunity to enroll full-time at TTU. If this is you, check out the information below and speak to your high school guidance counselor.

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. At the end of the application, you can simply submit the $25 non-refundable application fee* by using a credit card. (If you have ever paid the undergraduate application fee to TTU before, you do not need to do so again.) If you wish to not pay with a credit card, you can mail us a check or money order for the $25 application fee* to the address below.

 

* Currently under TBR policy B-060, application fees must be "uniformly charged" and therefore fee waivers are not available.

 

The major that you will choose will be "Non-Degree/Special Programs".

Mail transcripts

To accurately evaluate you for admissibility, you will need to submit official transcripts from your high school. If your highest ACT/SAT scores are not on your high school transcript we’ll need these sent separately. Misrepresenting your academic credentials is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133.

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts, transcripts addressed to the student or marked "Issued to Student" or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes. To be considered as "official transcripts", they must be mailed via US Postal Mail directly from the institution.

Letters

We’ll also need letters of recommendation from both a parent and your high school guidance counselor as well as a letter from your principal specifying the college courses that will be substituted for the remaining high school courses.

Send any materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What’s Next

Now what? Since you’ll be enrolled in TTU’s classes you’ll also need to complete the first two forms listed here: http://www.tntech.edu/healthservices/forms/. Then you’ll simply need to contact the Student Success Center at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (931) 372-3610 to sign up for classes.

Admission Requirements

  • completion of junior year with at least 12 academic (English, science, history, mathematics, foreign languages) units
  • 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) grade point average
  • ACT composite score of 26 or higher
  • letter from the high school principal specifying the college courses that will be substituted for the remaining high school courses
  • letters of recommendation from the high school counselor and from parents

Pre-Freshman/Joint/Dual Enrollment Applicants

If you have exhausted the course offerings in your high school and would like to take a course at TTU, then the following instructions apply to you.

Dual Enrollment: Please disregard the information below if you are in one of the selected schools that we offer an established Dual Enrollment Program. If this is offered at your school, please contact your guidance counselor for application details and requirements.

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. At the end of the application, you can simply submit the $25 non-refundable application fee* by using a credit card. (If you have ever paid the undergraduate application fee to TTU before, you do not need to do so again.) If you wish to not pay with a credit card, you can mail us a check or money order for the $25 application fee* to the address below.

 

* Currently under TBR policy B-060, application fees must be "uniformly charged" and therefore fee waivers are not available.

 

The major that you will choose will be “Non-Degree/Special Programs”.

Mail transcripts

To accurately evaluate you for admissibility, you will need to submit official transcripts from your high school. If your highest ACT/SAT scores are not on your high school transcript we’ll need official copies of these as well. Misrepresenting your academic credentials is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133.

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts, transcripts addressed to the student or marked "Issued to Student" or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes. To be considered as "official transcripts", they must be mailed via US Postal Mail directly from the institution.

 

Letters

We’ll also need letters of recommendation from both a parent and your high school guidance counselor.

Send all materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What’s Next

Now what? Since you’ll be enrolled in TTU’s classes you’ll also need to complete the first two forms listed here: http://www.tntech.edu/healthservices/forms/. Then you’ll simply need to contact us to get signed up for the class that you would like.

Admission Requirements

Academically talented students may be admitted into the Pre-Freshman Program by having a planned Individual Education Program (IEP). The following criteria must be met by each applicant:

  • enrollment recommended as a part of the student's planned Individual Education Program (IEP) as determined by the multi-disciplinary team process
  • certified to be academically talented or gifted according to the criteria for certification of intellectually gifted which are contained in the Tennessee State Department of Education Student Evaluation Manual
  • have a school grade point average which is the equivalent of at least 3.20 on a 4.0 scale
  • must have fully utilized the school's or school system's courses in the desired area of study, or must have satisfactorily completed tests for these courses with a score of 75 or better

A student who does not have an IEP may be admitted to the Pre-Freshman Program by meeting all of the following criteria:

  • a recommendation from the high school guidance counselor
  • a minimum high school grade point average 3.50 on a 4.00 scale or an ACT composite score of 25

Non-Degree Seeking Students / Seeking Additional Endorsements to a Teaching License

If you are not working towards a degree at TTU then you’ll be classified as a non-degree seeking applicant.

Under this status you could take a class for personal enrichment, take a pre-requisite course for a graduate program, or pursue an add-on endorsement to your teaching license.

Submit an application

The quickest and easiest way to apply is by using our online application. At the end of the application, you can simply submit the $25 non-refundable application fee* by using a credit card. (If you have ever paid the undergraduate application fee to TTU before, you do not need to do so again - just click "Pay Later".) If you wish to not pay with a credit card, you can mail us a check or money order for the $25 application fee* to the address below.

 * Currently under TBR policy B-060, application fees must be "uniformly charged" and therefore fee waivers are not available.

The major that you will chose will be "Non-Degree/Special Programs".  Under the "Please indicate what you would like your status to be at TTU?", indicate one of the non-degree seeking options.  An individual interested in  pursuing an additional endorsement should also complete the Transcript Analysis Request Form and submit official copies of all transcripts, excluding Tennessee Technological University transcripts, to the Certification Analyst of the College of Education: Tennessee Tech University, Office of Teacher Ed, Box 5092, Cookeville, TN 38505.  This office can forward a copy of your transcript showing your bachelor's to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for processing purposes.

Mail transcripts

No transcripts are necessary but you may need to request one to show an academic department if the class that you want to take requires a pre-requisite course. Misrepresenting your academic credentials is a Class A misdemeanor according to TCA 49-7-133.

Send any materials via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Tennessee Tech University
Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505

What’s Next

Now what? Since you’ll be enrolled in TTU’s classes you’ll also need to complete the first two forms listed here: http://www.tntech.edu/healthservices/forms/. Then you’ll simply need to contact the Student Success Center at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (931) 372-3610 (for personal enrichment or pre-requisite courses) or the Office of Teacher Education at (931) 372-3170 (for teacher's certification) to sign up for classes.

International Applicants

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident of the USA then you’ll need to apply through our Office of International Student Affairs. This also applies to students that are currently in the process of having their citizenship reclassified.

Graduate Applicants

If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree and are looking to begin a master’s, EDS, or doctorate degree, you’ll need to apply through our Office of Graduate Studies.