Parent FAQs

We have compiled a short list of common questions asked by parents and families regarding Tech 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 Tech.

Colleges tend to be smaller, post-secondary entities that specialize within a certain set of disciplines. For example, the College of Engineering offers bachelor (undergraduate) four-year degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc. In the U.S., community colleges typically offer associate degrees (or two-year degree programs). Universities are a collection of multiple colleges and schools that offer both bachelor, master's, and doctoral degrees within its colleges' disciplines. Tennessee Tech is considered a university because of its multiple post bachelor programs and research components for faculty and students.

Tennessee Tech University offers over 40 bachelor's and 20 graduate degree programs. Even though our middle name is Technological, Tech is a comprehensive university with a wide variety of course offerings. Click here for a list of Tech's undergraduate majors and concentrations.

Tech's current enrollment is approximately 10,500 students with an average class size of 18 students. Strong faculty/student relationships are a hallmark of the Tech educational experience.

Tech has more than 2,250 students living in its 15 residence halls. This is required for new students with less than 30 credit hours (sophomore standing) UNLESS commuting from their parent/legal guardian's main residence. Traditional first-time freshmen entering with 30 credit hours or more are also required to live in the residence halls for two semesters (or the completion of their freshman year). For more information regarding Residential Life, please CLICK HERE.

Admitted students must first complete the Housing application online at Residence Hall fall semester assignments are sent to students' Tech email accounts by mid-May. Students applying for housing after the initial assignment release should expect to receive their assignments within 7 business days.

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

Here you will find meal plan options, where students (and guests) can eat at Tech, and other nutritional information. During your student's orientation, he/she will learn more about the meal plan options available and determine which plan best fits his/her dietary needs. If you have any questions regarding meal plans or how they work, please email Veronica Herd at

The total cost for Undergraduate in-state maintenance fees and charges (tuition), room, meal plan and books/supplies is about $26,200 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The estimated costs of attendance also include items that may vary based on family and living expectations. A detailed listing of fees is available on the Financial Aid's cost website.

Tech has many PC/MAC labs available for students to use or students have the option to “check-out” laptops to work on homework and projects. Although the University does not require every student to own his/her own computer, it may be convenient for yours to have their own. During orientation, students and parents will be able to determine system requirements and software needs, which may vary based on your student's major.

For more information on which software applications Tech provides and where to purchase these items with a discount, please visit Tech’s ITS purchase site at Students are also allotted a printing allowance to print items using campus PC labs. For more information about printing options and the Pharos system, please visit out Printing Policies website.

Starting in the Fall of 2015, Tennessee Tech University implemented an auto-enroll program for its TTUalert text messaging notification system in addition to our already established campus-wide Emergency Response Plan. TTUalert texts are the fastest method of campus emergency communication. TTUalert also has other elements, including notification emails to students, faculty, and staff campus accounts, posts on Tennessee Tech's social networking sites, messages on webpage banners, on-campus computers and digital signs, Public Address systems & outdoor sirens will be activated to announce warnings, and all local & regional media outlets (radio and television) will be notified.

Students will be prompted every 6 months to update their contact information within Eagle Online to ensure their information is current with the University. To be automatically enrolled within the TTUalert system, students must provide a cell phone number when prompted. Students also have the ability to "opt-out" of the TTUalert notification system. We encourage all students to sign up for the TTUalert system. Students also have the ability to add their family members or spouses to their TTUalert account to receive notifications. *There is no fee to subscribe to TTUalert but standard SMS messaging rates may apply depending on your student’s wireless carrier.

Awesome Mail and Print is Tech's full functioning mail and shipping services for students and is located on the Ground Floor of the Roaden University Center. Undergraduate students will receive a campus box number, which can be looked up 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 for packages and mail is:

Student's Full Legal Name
1000 N Dixie Ave
Campus Box XXXX
Cookeville, TN 38505

Students receive an email notification to their campus email account when mail or packages arrive. The operating hours of the Awesome Mail and Print are Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm (excluding campus Holidays). Note: Not all graduate students opt to receive a campus box.

Yes. Each year the Office of New Student & Family Programs hosts 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 We hope you encourage your student to participate in Week of Welcome.