Admission Requirements

Applying to be a student at Tennessee Tech is quick and seamless. Depending on the time of year that you finish submitting your application materials, processing usually takes 3-5 business days after the last required document/item is received. Please note that all students must be admitted before applying for scholarships. We encourage students to apply early to allow plenty of time for receipt of required documents.

Freshman Application Priority Dates:

Spring 2019 Application - Open until December 15, 2018

Summer 2019 Application  - Open until May 15, 2019

Fall 2019 Application - Open until August 1, 2019

Scholarship DEADLINE - December 15, 2018 
(Supporting documents must be submitted before January 15, 2019, in order to be considered for scholarships.)


A "freshman" student is one who will have graduated from high school but has not enrolled in a college AFTER high school graduation. If you are still in high school now and would like to attend Tech after you graduate, this is you!

Please select your current situation:

General Admission Requirements for Guaranteed Admission:

  • 2.50 high school GPA AND
  • 17 ACT Composite* AND
  • ≥15 ACT sub-scores† AND
  • Completion of a college preparatory high school curricula

* = equivalent to a SAT score of 930 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math [ERW+M])
† = exception to this sub-score requirement may be allowed for students scoring sufficiently on the Accuplacer exam

If you do not meet these requirements, a more holistic review will be used to evaluate your application for admission. The Admissions Review Committee will meet once a week to discuss these on a case by case basis. If you would like to assist in this process, please email a letter of appeal to and attach a letter of recommendation from your school counselor and/or a teacher.

** Programs of study with additional admission requirements (Nursing, Engineering, Math, and Health Related Pre-Professional programs)

  • 2.50 high school GPA AND
  • Completion of a college preparatory high school curricula AND
  • Score suficiently on the Accuplacer Exam
  • 162 on GED (525+ 2002-13, 52+ pre-2002) OR
  • 13+ on the HiSET

Additional Information:

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 this program, the student will be admitted to the Student Success Program (also known as General Curriculum or General Health Studies). Again, these additional requirements only affect which academic advisor you have, not which classes you will take.

Programs with additional requirements:

  • Engineering (incl. Computer Science & Engineering Technology) = 3.00 GPA and 20 ACT Composite and 22 ACT Math subscore
  • Math = 21 ACT Math subscore
  • Nursing = 3.00 GPA and 20 ACT Composite
  • Health-Related Pre-Professional Programs = 3.00 GPA and 21 ACT Composite and 21 ACT Math subscore

Students who do not meet all of the requirements listed above may submit a letter to the Admissions Review Committee explaining their circumstances. This review process is a non-competitive, holistic, and individualized process where a review committee may consider some or all of the following: academic rigor of courses, core course GPA and grade trends, as well as non-cognitive elements such as an applicant’s concept of self, ability to deal with adversity, long-range goals, community involvement, special interests or abilities, leadership, and support structures. Any requests for review may be sent via email message to

Some high-achieving students that have completed their junior year in high school will have the opportunity to enroll full-time at TTU. If this is you, check out the information below and speak to your high school guidance counselor.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of junior year with at least 12 academic (english, science, history, mathematics, foreign languages) units
  • 3.20 GPA (on a 4.00 GPA scale)
  • ACT composite score of 26 or higher (1240 SAT ERW+M)
  • Letter from the high school principal specifying the college courses that will be substituted for the remaining high school courses
  • Letters of recommendation from the high school counselor and from parents

If you have exhausted the course offerings in your high school and would like to take a course at TTU, then the following instructions apply to you.

Dual Enrollment: Please disregard the information below if you are in one of the selected schools that we offer an established Dual Enrollment Program. If this is offered at your school, please contact your guidance counselor for application details and requirements.

Admission Requirements

Academically talented students may be admitted into the Pre-Freshman Program by having a planned Individual Education Program (IEP). The following criteria must be met by each applicant:

  • Enrollment recommended as a part of the student's planned Individual Education Program (IEP) as determined by the multi-disciplinary team process
  • Certified to be academically talented or gifted according to the criteria for certification of intellectually gifted which are contained in the Tennessee State Department of Education Student Evaluation Manual
  • Have a school grade point average which is the equivalent of at least 3.20 on a 4.00 scale
  • Must have fully utilized the school's or school system's courses in the desired area of study, or must have satisfactorily completed tests for these courses with a score of 75 or better

A student who does not have an IEP may be admitted to the Pre-Freshman Program by meeting all of the following criteria:

  • A recommendation from the high school guidance counselor
  • A minimum high school grade point average 3.50 on a 4.00 scale OR an ACT composite score of 25 (1210 SAT ERW+M)

Are you ready to apply to TTU?

By going to the Admission Procedures page, you'll find more information about the process of becoming a Golden Eagle!