Tennessee Technological University is a public institution that was founded in 1915. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,918, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 235 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Tennessee Technological University’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 29.


Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee, US, a city approximately seventy miles east of Nashville. It was formerly known as Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (1915), and before that as Dixie College, the name under which it was founded as a private institution in 1909. It places special emphasis on undergraduate education in fields related to engineering and technology, although degrees in education, liberal arts, agriculture, nursing, and other fields of study can be pursued as well. Additionally, there are graduate offerings in engineering, education, business, and the liberal arts. It is operated by the Tennessee Board of Regents, and its athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

As of fall semester 2007, Tennessee Tech enrolls over 10,000 students (8,060 undergraduate and 2,261 graduate students),and its campus has 87 buildings on 235 acres centered along Dixie Avenue in north Cookeville. The average class size is twenty six students and the student to faculty ratio is 18:1. Less than one percent of all classes are taught by teaching assistants with the rest of the classes being taught by professors. The ethnic breakdown of the undergraduate student population is: 88.2% White/Caucasian, 4.1% African American, 1.5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.3% Hispanic, 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 4.6% Other.


  • Joseph Hermann – Director of Bands; President of the American Bandmasters Association.
  • Phillip Barham – Professor of Saxophone; Internationally recognized saxophone performer and pedagogue.
  • Michael M. Gunter – Received his PhD from Kent State in International Affairs and was a Fulbright lecturer; Authority on the Kurds and the Middle East.
  • R. Winston Morris – Professor of Tuba; Legendary innovator in the fields of tuba performance, education, and chamber music.

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