Commonly known as Tennessee Tech, Tennessee Technological University is an open university. The establishment used to be a private polytechnic institute formed in 1915. Before that, it was associated with the University of Dixie which received its charter in 1909. The institute was granted university status in 1965 and renamed as Tennessee Technological University. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Situated in Cookeville, Tennessee, United States, the university campus occupies an area of 235 acres with multiple buildings. With an enrolment of over 10,000 students, the university provides education and degrees from nine educational schools and colleges including arts and sciences, agriculture and human ecology, interdisciplinary studies, education, engineering, business, fine arts, nursing, and college of graduate studies.
The university maintains an elegant infrastructure for traditional programs. It offers more than 200 academic programs, including longstanding programs in liberal arts, education, engineering, and nursing alongside innovative and cutting-edge programs in cybersecurity, environmental studies, business, and design – including Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate and Education Specialists degree programs. Apart from this, the TTU campus has 9 residence halls, one for men, one for women, and 7 coeducational halls accommodating approximately 2,300 students.
As of the fall of 2019, the university had a total student population of around 10,140 including 8,957 undergraduates, and about 1,183 graduate students. Also, the university received more than 92% admissions from the state, 8% out-of-state, and almost 3% admission from all over the world. Furthermore, the student-to-faculty ratio at the university is 18:1. As per the data of 2018, the university had a team of 659 people.
Also, the university maintains a library that houses around 367,000 books and e-books, 100,000 periodicals in print or microfiche, and over 100 electronic research databases and resources. Apart from educational facilities, the university offers great opportunities in sports. Its athletic team is called Golden Eagles and is associated with Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). The teams also participate in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Other than this, students can go for various sports including men’s cross-country, baseball, football, tennis, basketball and golf; and women’s cross-country, track, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and golf.
Also, the university has a rich alumni base with some known people working in leading organizations. The graduates are now business people with international companies, teachers, translators and interpreters, journalists, and writers. Some of the prominent alumni include Jarrod Alonge (comedian and musician), Blanton Alspaugh, (Grammy-winning producer), Rodney Atkins (Country music-singer), Roger K. Crouch (NASA astronaut), Paul Bailey (Tennessee state senator) and Trae Crowder (comedian).