From the Director...
Glad you dropped by our website! The School of Agriculture at Tennessee Tech offers a variety of choices for students interested in a B.S. in Agriculture. Our mission is to prepare students for leadership roles in the food, fiber, and natural resource professions by providing state of the art experiential learning through agriculture. Our vision states "We are the hallmark program of experiential education in agriculture." We work hard to see that all our students have the best experience available as they prepare for a future in agriculture.
Students in the School choose from a wide range of concentrations developed and edited to prepare them for diverse and exciting careers. At graduation our students are prepared to enter a multitude of fields in the agricultural industry or to continue their education through graduate school. Previous graduates can be found across Tennessee and the United States in roles such as park rangers, veterinarians, golf course superintendents, government officials, business owners, county agents, conservationists, university professors, military officers, high school teachers, consultants, agricultural product/equipment sales, bankers, farm managers, landscape developers and the list continues to grow.
The School of Agriculture is also blessed with two unique farms. In 1965 the Shipley Farm (300 acres) was acquired and houses the Hyder-Burks Pavilion, horticultural greenhouses, sheep, hogs and cattle, varied crops and the home site for the soon-to-be-developed Shipley Heritage Farm Center. In 2009 the addition of the Oakley Farm brought a myriad of possibilities with an 1800-acre working ranch! Experiential learning? Oh yes, we've got it!
In support of our students, and with the help of the Agricultural Foundation for Tennessee Tech and countless other generous alumni and friends, we are able to offer a large number of academic scholarships for both incoming and currently enrolled students. Application for these scholarships can be completed online at http://www.tntech.edu/scholarships/newstudent/ . Once there scroll to the bottom of the page and select Agriculture to complete the forms necessary for these opportunities.
But life is not all study and work—we have fun at Tennessee Tech as well! The School boasts 13 different student clubs and organizations. Many of these focus on specific disciplines, but all offer opportunities for social interaction, leadership development and professional growth. Be sure to check out the student clubs when you join us at Tennessee Tech.
Prospective students and others interested in learning more about our program are always welcome to come by the main office in South Hall. We suggest you contact us in advance and allow us to arrange an interesting and fact-filled visit including meetings with current students as well as faculty and staff. However, if your schedule changes and a window opens, come see us anyway—we will do our best to make you feel right at home.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
Dr. Billye Foster