Parent Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a short list of common questions asked by parents and families regarding TTU and college life. If you don't find the answer here, then let us know by using the "Contact Us" link! We are here to help support you and your student's success at TTU.


What are the different colleges and schools at TTU?

Tennessee Tech is known as Tennessee's Technological University, but houses seven strong academic divisions - the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Interdisciplinary Studies and Extended Education, and the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.

What majors does TTU offer?

Tennessee Tech University offers 44 bachelor's and 20 graduate degree programs. Even though our middle name is Technological, TTU is a comprehensive university with a wide variety of course offerings. Click here for a list of Tech's undergraduate majors and concentrations.

How many students live on campus?

TTU has more than 2,250 students living in its 15 residence halls. For more information regarding Residential Life, please click here.

Does my student have to live in the residence halls?

Students whose permanent address is not within a 50-mile radius are required to live in the residence halls for four semesters. There are exceptions, such as living with a family member who does not attend Tennessee Tech.

What is the cost of attendance per year?

The total cost for in-state maintenance fees and charges (tuition), room, meal plan and books/supplies is about $23,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. A detailed listing of fees is available on the Financial Aid's web site.

How many students are at TTU and what does that translate to in the classroom?

TTU's current enrollment exceeds 11,500 students, more than 50% of classes have 25 students or fewer. Strong faculty/student relationships are a hallmark of the TTU educational experience.

How are students notified in case of an emergency?

Tennessee Tech University has adopted a campus-wide Emergency Response Plan. University faculty, staff, and students will receive an email (sent to their campus email account), along with detailed information posted on the TTU website’s homepage, campus Public Address systems & outdoor sirens will be activated to announce warnings, all local & regional media outlets (radio and television) will be notified, and (if registered with TTUalert) a text message will be sent to their mobile phone with information regarding the campus emergency. We encourage all students to sign up for the TTUalert system. *There is no fee to subscribe to TTUalert but standard SMS messaging rates may apply depending on your student’s wireless carrier.

When do students find out their Residence Hall & Roommate assignments?

Admitted students must first complete the Housing application online at http://www.tntech.edu/reslife/applications/. Residence Hall Fall semester assignments are sent to students' TTU email accounts by mid-July. Students applying for housing after the initial release should expect to receive their assignments within 2 business days.

What meal plans are offered for students? Which meal plan should my student select?

Parents should sit down with their students to discuss what meal plan is most convenient for them prior to registering for classes. Meal Plans and prices vary, but are suitable for both on-campus and commuter students. We would suggest parents and their students to view the available meal plans and information located on our Dining Service’s website at http://www.dineoncampus.com/TTU/. Here you will find meal plan options, where students (and guests) can eat at TTU, and other nutritional information. If you have any questions regarding meal plans or how they work, please email Veronica Herd at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What kind of computer should my student purchase? What about software?

Tech has many PC/MAC labs available for students to use or students have the option to “check-out” laptops to work on projects & homework. Although the University does not require every student to own their own computer, it may be convenient for yours to have their own. We would recommend discussing with your student their preference in computer. After deciding PC or MAC, surf the manufacturers’ websites for student discounts. Many of the common manufacturers offer discounted systems for students to purchase. This also applies to software. System requirements vary depending on students’ major and software requirements within that major. More information on where to purchase these items with a discount, please visit TTU’s ITS purchase site at http://www.tntech.edu/itspurchases/softwareathome/.

How do I send mail and packages to my student(s)?

The campus has a full functioning United States Post Office located on the Ground Floor of the Roaden University Center. We request packages to be sent using this carrier. Every student is assigned a Post Office Box and can look up their mailbox number by logging in to their "Eagle Online" account and select the "Students" tab, click "Registration", and click "View Registration Times, Advisor, Post Office Box/Combination". The mailing address is:

Student's Name
TTU Box XXXXX
Cookeville, TN 38505

A notification is placed in the student's mailbox when packages arrive. The operating hours of the Post Office are Monday through Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm (excluding Holidays).

Students Living On-Campus
Students living in the residence halls can receive FedEx or UPS deliveries. These items must be delivered to the Office of Residential Life. Their physical address is:

1000 N Dixie Ave
M.S. Cooper Hall Room 217
Cookeville, TN 38505

Are there any events for my student to participate in during the first week of the semester?

Yes. Each year the Office of Orientation and Student Success helps organize Week of Welcome. This week begins on Great Move-In Day during the Fall semester and has events planned throughout the first week of classes. We welcome new and returning students back to campus by offering free food, entertainment, and fun. Students also have an opportunity get exposed to Tech's numerous organizations and become involved within the academic community. A full list of events may be found at http://www.tntech.edu/weekofwelcome/. We hope you encourage your student to participate in Week of Welcome.