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New Freshmen Coming From Abroad

New Freshmen

This is your online application guide. The steps below explain the application processIf you have any questions, please contact the Office of International Education.

Attention: If you have taken college work previously, STOP here. You need to apply as a Transfer Student.

Any student who applies as a new freshmen due to policy cannot receive any transfer credit after admission.

Step 1: Apply for Admissions

Complete an International Undergraduate Student Application for admissions or our online application. The application fee is $40. This one-time fee can be submitted by check or credit card and is non-refundable. International freshmen must to complete the international application because with this application you can fill in an international address (with the US application you cannot).

Candidates for admission to the university are encouraged to complete an application as early as possible.

Step 2: Request Official Transcripts

Submit originals or certified copies of all marked sheets, transcripts, diplomas and certificates from high school or other academic institutions. Official translations must be provided when originals are not in English.

If transfer credit is required, a course description of each class must accompany the transcripts before the student will be admitted to TN Tech.

*Students that did not graduate from high school will need to have 162 on the GED (525+ 2002-13, 52+ pre-2002) or 13+ on the HiSET.
**Students from nations where it is difficult to send more than one copy may send a copy for initial review.

Step 3: Affidavit of Support and Passport

All international applicants are required to submit adequate evidence of financial support to cover the cost of attendance for at least one full year of studies at Tennessee Tech before the Certificate of Acceptance to the university is mailed. 

Students requesting a SEVIS 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 and apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa in your country. Be sure to pay the SEVIS fee prior to your visa appointment. Go to to pay the SEVIS fee.

Students already in the USA, who have a student visa, must submit copies of your passport, I-20, I-94 and visa.

Step 4: Submit Proof English Language Proficiency

New Freshmen may submit documentation to their 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.


Step 5: Submit health forms

Two forms must be completed and submitted to Health Services before a student can enroll:

Step 6: Submit All Materials

Send all materials to:

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, however, you may fax us a copy also.

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

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