Before 1912, Tennessee Tech’s campus was no more than a field of daisies bordered by a few dirt roads leading into the heart of Cookeville, a rural town noted mainly as a whistle stop between Nashville and Knoxville on the Tennessee Central railroad. Tennessee Tech’s first faculty, in fact, made a practice of meeting all passenger trains at the depot to shepherd disembarking students to school.
Tennessee Technological University's mission as the state's only technological university is to provide leadership and outstanding programs in engineering, the sciences, and related areas that benefit the people of Tennessee and the nation. The University also provides strong programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, agriculture and human ecology, nursing, music, art and interdisciplinary studies. Tennessee Tech serves students from throughout the state, nation, and many other countries, but it retains a special commitment to enrich the lives of people and communities in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee.
The University is committed to the life-long success of students in its undergraduate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degree granting programs through high-quality instruction and learning experiences. The University is engaged in scholarly activity, especially basic and applied research, creative endeavors, and public service, with special emphasis on community and economic development. The University supports student participation in a broad array of extracurricular activities as an integral component of its commitment to student life and success.
The University is as supportive of women as of men and as supportive of those in the minority as of those in the majority. The University provides educational opportunities to all eligible persons without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. The institution is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus that enriches the educational experience, promotes personal growth and a healthy society, prepares students for success in a global economy, and enhances America’s economic competitiveness.
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You won’t have to give up seeing live music and arts in this town. There’s a drama center, a university based symphony, art galleries, museums and a world-renown craft center.
You can shop, go to the movies (even at a revived drive-in), visit local coffee shops, eat at a variety of restaurants (including Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and more), and play golf without making a dent in your gas budget.
Tennessee Tech is located in Cookeville, a town of about 25,000. Cookeville’s location — approximately 82 miles east of Nashville, 109 miles west of Knoxville and 96 miles north of Chattanooga — offers the best of both rural and urban living.
14 NCAA Division I teams, including men’s baseball, basketball, football, cross country, tennis and golf and women’s basketball, cross country, softball, soccer, track, volleyball and golf. The football team is in the Football Championship Subdivision and all teams belong to the Ohio Valley Conference.
Athletic facilities: Hooper Eblen Center is a 9,852-seat arena that hosts volleyball, basketball and large campus events; two indoor tennis courts; a fitness center with a pool, handball courts, weight and meeting rooms. The Athletic Performance Center includes a 10,000-square foot turf practice field and a 10,000-square foot strength center.
Tennessee Technological University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404- 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tennessee Technological University.
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