International Admission

Admission Requirements

General GPA requirements for all majors is a 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. A few programs at Tennessee Tech have additional admission requirements for admission. If a student meets the general admission requirements, but not the requirements specific to their program, the student will be admitted to the interdisciplinary studies major with a student attribute to denote the program of interest.   Again, these additional requirements only affect which academic adviser you have, not which classes you will take.Apply now!

Programs with additional requirements

  • Engineering (incl. Computer Science & Engineering Technology): 3.00 GPA
  • Nursing: 3.00 GPA
  • Health-Related Pre-Professional Programs: 3.00 GPA
  • Tennessee Tech will accept Chinese applicants using the Gaokao exam.  高考

Gaokao Scores: The Chinese National Entrance Examination Test establishes admissibility based on each applicants Gaokao score. Students seeking admission by means of Gaokao must present the Gaokao transcript along with their high school Graduation Certificate. Additionally students either program an English test score in option 1 below or take a placement test upon arrive (option 2)

Applicants have the following options: 

  1. show proof of English ability either by TOEFL (PBT, IBT, or Home) IELTS (or Indicator) or TOEIC or PTE or Duolingo or CET with a 6 or any other alternative tests or ESL certificates from an accredited ESL institution
  2. Students have the option to provide the Gaokao exam and take Tennessee Tech's Accuplacer ($20 USD) upon arrival as well, and based on these results the student will either join Tennessee Tech's Center for ESL or join the Pathway program or take college-level English Composition class.   The Accuplacer test can be taken more than 1 time. 

Steps to Admission

For instructions on How to Apply for your specific student type, visit the International Admissions' How to Apply page. General requirements for admission can be found below.

  • Steps to Admission

    Step 1: Apply

    To apply, you must first fill out the online application here or download the paper application here. The paper application may be emailed or mailed once completed. If you are a graduate student, stop here. You must visit Graduate Studies and fill out a Graduate application instead. 

    Note: To be a student at Tennessee Tech, you must also pay the one-time, non-refundable application fee. If you do not have a credit card, you can apply and pay the application fee later. 

    Step 2: Submit Documents

    You will need to submit the following items: 

    • Originals or certified copies of all marked sheets (all years of high school), transcripts, diplomas, leaving certificates, A or O levels, and/or leaving certificates from high school or other academic institutions. Please note: you can initially email a copy of your transcripts for an initial admissions review.
    • Official translations must be provided when originals are not in English.
    • If you are a college or university transfer student who attended university overseas and who is requesting transfer credit, first check to see if your institution is recognized in the USA by going to World Higher Education Database. If your institution is listed, we may require course descriptions of each class and they must accompany the transcripts. If your institution is not listed, you will need to have an official evaluation done by World Education Services at and/or Educational Perspectives at Students from nations where it is difficult to send more than one copy may send a copy to Tennessee Tech for initial review.

    Step 3: Submit Test Scores

    If you have any exams, please submit these for admission. We only require one of the following tests for admission.

    We accept the following:

    • TOEFL IBT of 61 or higher, or the paper-based TOEFL of 490 or higher
    • TOEIC of 600+ or IELTS of 5.5
    • SAT scores (the SAT test is optional) of at least 460 in Critical Reading or 460 in Math; students wishing to study Nursing, Engineering or Health-Related Pre-Professional programs have higher score requirements.
    • ACT scores (the ACT test is also optional) of 17 in English or Math; students wishing to study Nursing, Engineering or Health-Related Pre-Professional programs have higher score requirements.
    • Students who have taken AP courses, IB (International Baccalaureate) courses, or Cambridge O or A levels should submit their results as they may be entitled to college credits. 

    For a complete list of test scores that Tennessee Tech will accept, click here.

    Step 4: Once you are admitted, you can apply for a visa.

    All students must provide their home address to be able to receive an immigration document for your visa called the I-20. Be sure to use your home (overseas) address if you require an I-20. We will also need a copy of your passport for the issuance of the I-20.

    Step 5: Submit Required Documents

    All required materials should be submitted to:

    Office of International Programs
    Tennessee Tech University
    Campus Box 5093
    Cookeville, TN 38505 USA
    Phone: (931) 372-3634
    Fax: (931) 372-3674

    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 visit the International Programs website for more information on courses offered, course descriptions, insurance, etc.

    Step 6: Scholarships (if available)

    Only admitted students are eligible for scholarships. You can apply for scholarships at Tennessee Tech's Office of International Programs has scholarships available exclusively for International Undergraduate students. Scholarships are limited, so be sure to apply early!

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