New Freshmen Coming From Abroad
(a freshmen is a student currently in high school, a high school graduate, GED holder,who has never attended university in or out of the USA)
This is your online application guide. These steps below explain the application process. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of International Education.
IMPORTANT: If you have taken university level or community college work previously, STOP! You need to apply as a Transfer Student.
Any student who applies as a new freshmen and does not report the transfer may be dismissed. Additionally you cannot receive any transfer credit after admission.
Step 1: Apply for Admissions
Go to the International application page here for admissions.
To be a student at TTU, you must complete the non-refundable application and pay the app fee (if you do not have a Credit card, you can continue to apply and pay the app fee later).
Be sure to select "Freshmen" or "Transfer" student. If you are an US-American/Domestic student or Graduate student STOP, and start over as US-American/Domestic student or Graduate student applicants have a separate application and different application fee.
Candidates for admission to the university are encouraged to complete an application as early as possible.
Step 2: Submit Documents for Admissions
The Office of International Education handles all admissions for International undergraduate students. Remember to submit your high school diploma or high school transcripts. Be sure the diploma is an original or certified copy.
What do you mean diploma or transcripts?
Other English terms for diploma or transcripts are: certificate, academic marks, marked sheets, results, grades, and form. The diploma or transcript translations must be provided when originals are not in English.
IB Diploma, IGCSE or A levels
If you have a IB Diploma, IGCSE or A levels, there are additional things needed, as you will be eligible for university credits. go to this link for more information.
What if I am a Freshman Without a High School Diploma?
New freshmen who do not have a high school diploma can replace the 2.50 high school GPA requirement with one of the following:
162 on GED (525+ from 2002 to 2013, 52+ pre-2002) or
13+ on the HiSET and
score at least a 28 on the ACCUPLACER exam (test dates and study materials are available on the Learning Support ACCUPLACER page)
Step 3: Submit your Passport and Bank Documents for your visa
All international applicants are required to submit adequate evidence of financial support (or affidavits) to cover the cost of attendance for at least one full year of studies at Tennessee Tech before the Certificate of Acceptance (called the I-20) can be mailed
Students requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 are required by Federal law to submit financial verification to be issued the documents. The estimated amount required for issuance of the I-20/DS-2019 is $36,000 U.S. dollars. You will take the I-20/DS-2019, pay the SEVIS Fee of $350 US dollars and apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa at the US Embassy in your country. You cannot apply for a visa in the USA.
Students already in the USA, who have a student visa, must provide scan copies of your current passport, I-20, I-94 and current student visa.
Step 4: Submit Proof English Language Proficiency
New Freshmen may submit documentation from their current English school coordinator
to verify proof of English proficiency.
For a list of ESL programs Tennessee Tech accepts please visit our ESL Program Table page.
For a list of Test scores Tennessee Tech accepts please visit our Test Score Table page.
English language score waivers for full admission to Tennessee Tech:
- SAT: evidence-based reading/writing score of 460 or higher
- ACT: (ACT English) - over 15+
- English composition course (equal to ENGL 1010 at TTU) with a grade of C or better from a US community or university.
- IGCSE O or A Level English with a grade of C or better
- IB Diploma: Language A - Language and Literature (SL or HL) with a minimum score of 5
- AP English L & C - minimum score of 3
- score at least a 28 on the ACCUPLACER exam (test dates and study materials are available on the Learning Support ACCUPLACER page
Step 5: Submit health forms
The following forms will need to be completed and returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before registration for classes:
Immunization Health History Form (PDF)
(or a copy of your Immunization Record from a Health Care Provider)
If you have trouble getting an immunization appointment with your doctor, due to COVID-19, Please contact Health Services at (931) 372-3320.
Step 6: Submit All Materials
Send all materials to:Office of International Education
Tennessee Tech University
1 William L. Jones Dr.
Derryberry Hall Rm. 135, Box 5093
Cookeville, TN 38505 USA Phone: (931) 372-3634
Fax: (931) 372-3674
Some documents must be originals (like high school transcript), however, you may fax us a copy also. (SEE BELOW)
Upon being admitted to the university, you will receive a letter congratulating you on your admittance. Your acceptance letter will also contain instructions on the next steps you need to take to become a full-time Tennessee Tech student. You will also need to go to the International Education website for more information about courses offered, course descriptions, insurance, etc.
If you have any questions, please email us at Intl_adm@tntech.edu.
How do I send my transcripts?
Transcripts can also be delivered through an approved electronic transcript vendors. High school transcripts can also be emailed; emailed transcripts are not considered official unless emailed from a high school counselor and/or other school official directly to email@example.com. Any other emailed transcripts, faxed transcripts, or transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not official and cannot be used for admission purposes. Electronic transcripts can be sent via:
- National Student Clearinghouse
- eScript Safe