Life at Tech

When you've chosen to go to college at Tennessee Tech, you’ve made a lot of choices about where you’ll live, what you’ll see and do, and even what type of person you’ll become. Good choices…now here’s the scoop on what you’ll experience on campus beyond the classroom that will help make your college years sometimes exciting, sometimes inspiring and always memorable. Our best tip: always check the South Patio for free food, music, rock walls, poster and jewelry sales, and did we mention… free food.

Play & Cheer

If you enjoy your sports from the sidelines or would rather be on the field or court, you’ve got options.

Our football team plays Division I-FCS football, and all 14 varsity teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Our Campus Recreation staff members coordinate 11 intramural and club sports: basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, racquetball, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. Our Fitness Center is a free, full-service health club for students. It houses a fully equipped weight room, 25-meter indoor pool, cardiovascular equipment and an indoor track.

Live & Learn

You’ll be able to join a Learning Village, often known by other names such as residential colleges or communities, that will offer smaller, caring groups led by faculty within the larger community. TTU will be the first public university in the state to offer these communities in which a student can become a lifetime member.

When you are comfortable you’ve seen all the choices, you can decide what your signature experience will be at TTU. Write for the student newspaper, become a DJ at WTTU, conduct undergraduate research, help build a Habitat for Humanity house, write for the literary magazine, learn pottery at the Craft Center, join a theater production…all these experiences and more are right here on campus.

Tennessee Tech’s academic focus is to prepare students for lifelong success. Multiple rankings — as one of USNews & World Report's Top Public Schools in the South, as one of The Princeton Review's Best Southeastern Colleges — reflect the university’s commitment to provide strong academic instruction while offering students an affordable choice. Tennessee Tech offers more than 40 bachelor’s degrees, with more than 100 options and concentrations.

Academic Support

Tennessee Tech provides support to help students succeed.

Learning Commons

Tennessee Tech’s commitment to your learning success goes beyond the classroom. The main floor of the Volpe Library houses the Learning Commons, a versatile space that combines open-access computing and versatile study spaces with academic assistance and information services.

Student Success Centers in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, and Business.

Honors Program

Looking for even more opportunities in your classes? Check out the TTU Honors Program. They offer smaller, in-depth classes and activities in leadership, service, personal growth, and team building. According to graduating seniors, the best feature of the program is its sense of community.

Vist Honors for more information.

Study Abroad

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Amazon rainforest, the Great Wall of China, or the Great Barrier Reef of Australia? Tennessee Tech’s Study Abroad gives you the chance to make your experiences global through a variety of intellectually challenging and all-around exhilarating educational experiences.

Visit Study Abroad for more information.

The Arts

You get the best of a rural setting here — located within minutes of three lakes and near various scenic parks — but you don’t have to give up arts and culture.

TTU’s many vibrant and successful ensembles frequently fill the calendar with free performances. These groups include the University Orchestra, concert bands and jazz ensembles, plus chorale, chorus and opera performers. Renowned guest artists and faculty members regularly perform on the Bryan Fine Arts Building stage.

The Appalachian Center for Craft showcases guest artists and its faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally renowned craft artists who are active in exhibitions, workshop presentations, publishing, and professional craft organizations, in addition to their teaching and studio work.

The professional Bryan Symphony Orchestra performs a full schedule on campus. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery showcases national, local and campus artists.

Thousands of students have performed hundreds of plays during the 50-plus year history of the Backdoor Playhouse on campus. The theater offers audiences Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ensler and Kushner while combining scholarship and art.

Our annual international festival, Window on the World, provides a day full of sights, sounds and aromas from different cultures. The library offers an international film series, and dozens of internationally known authors, poets, musicians, and artists visit as guests of the CenterStage program.


Tennessee Tech's athletics teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference for 14 sports on the NCAA Division I level. Our football team, the Golden Eagles, is a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). And when we say “scholar-athlete” at TTU, we mean it: TTU varsity athletes have a higher average GPA than the student body, while competing for and winning conference championships.

Visit Athletics for more information.

If you want to be in the action and not on the sidelines, there are more than 15 intramural sports (from flag football to bowling, dodgeball to ultimate Frisbee). The program offers competition in team sports as well as individual and dual competition. Intramurals annually boast more participation than any club or organization on campus.

Visit Intramurals for more information.

Fitness Center
Our Fitness Center is a free, full-service health club for students. It houses a fully equipped weight room, 25-meter indoor pool, cardiovascular equipment, racquetball facilities and an indoor track.

Visit Campus Recreation for more information.



Cookeville is located in some of Middle Tennessee’s most beautiful countryside (nine state parks and lakes are no more than an hour away) and is only a little more than an hour from three of the state’s largest metro areas (Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville).

While Cookeville is a college town of about 28,000 residents, the immediate area is the largest micropolitan area in Tennessee, with nearly 100,000 residents. This means you’ll find more opportunities than you would think for dining and shopping, plus entertainment like night clubs and cinemas, coffee house, civic theater and an outdoor concert venue. Cookeville’s spiritual side expresses itself through about 130 places of worship in Putnam County.).

Visit Must See Cookeville for more.

Residence halls

Along with the benefit of rolling out of bed and walking to class, residence hall students consistently have a higher GPA than non-residence hall students. Other advantages include meeting new people, exploring opportunities and being more involved with campus life. Tennessee Tech has 15 residence halls and more than 300 apartments for on-campus living, including two new state-of-the-art halls (one available only to freshmen). We offer halls for men only, women only, and co-ed halls.

Visit Residential Life to learn more.

Learning Villages

Want a great way to connect with a more personal group within the larger university? Then TTU’s Learning Villages may be the answer. They are designed to enhance student-faculty interaction beyond the classroom and to encourage student connections. Each village will have 150-300 students and is organized around a theme and supported by a faculty head working with residential life staff and village residents.

Visit Learning Villages to learn more.


Sip some Pike Place coffee at Starbucks, grab a quick snack or have a home-style meal in the cafeteria without leaving our university center. There’s also a coffee and sandwich shop in the library to fuel your studies. In the Marketplace cafeteria, there's vegan and vegetarian choices, paninis, a salad bar, pizza and pasta, fresh baked goods.

Visit Dining Services to learn more.

Home to nearly 200 clubs and organizations -- including sororities, fraternities, honor societies and religious groups -- TTU provides a rich extracurricular campus experience. Get physical with the Paintball Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club or Wakeboard Club or go cerebral with the Odyssey of the Mind Club. You can sharpen your swing dancing or hone your chess skills with friends old and new.

Some groups are connected to academic programs but extend open invitations like the perennial nationally competitive Baja SAE team, the Moonbuggy team and the up-and-coming Formula SAE team.

Through the University Service Center you can join more than 2,500 students who engaged in more than 10,200 hours in volunteer work in one year.

For a complete list of clubs and organizations at Tennessee Tech, visit the Student Activities web site.

Supported by student fees, the General Education Fund sponsors a series of cultural events collectively referred to as "Center Stage." The events are selected to enhance students' understanding and engagement with the fine arts or world cultures. Admission is free, and students are given priority if seating is limited. Just by showing their Eagle Cards, students can attend each event for free.

For more information and to see a list of Upcoming Events , visit the Center Stage Events page.

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