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We're excited you are considering becoming a Golden Eagle and joining the Tennessee Tech Family! If you’re a high school student getting ready to graduate, or if you have graduated from high school but haven’t yet attended college, you’re a freshman. Below you’ll find information on the admission requirements for freshman, step-by-step guide to applying, credits awarded by exam and some reasons why you'll love it at Tech!

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The proposed tuition structure is focused on the clarity of cost and affordability of a Tennessee Tech bachelor’s degree. Tech is already ranked #1 in Tennessee for return on investment. Many of our students graduate debt-free, and our average starting salary is one of the highest in the state. We are excited to continue to find ways to best serve our students as we prepare them to be career-ready!



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Admission Requirements

Freshman Under 21

  • 3.0 high school GPA
    • Some programs/scholarships may require test scores.


  • 2.50 high school GPA and
  • 17 ACT Composite / SAT score of 920 and
  • ≥15 ACT sub-scores* and
  • completion of a college-preparatory high school program

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*Exception to this sub-score requirement may be allowed for students scoring sufficiently on the ACCUPLACER exam.
  • Freshman Over 21
    • 2.50 high school GPA and
    • completion of US History and Algebra II or equivalent with a passing grade in high school and
    • score at least a 28 on the ACCUPLACER exam. Schedule an exam at Tech or at most universities and community colleges across the country.  Schedule an exam.
  • Freshman Without a High School Diploma

    New freshmen over the age of 21 who do not have a high school diploma can replace the 2.50 high school GPA requirement with one of the following:

    • 162 on GED (525+ from 2002 to 2013, 52+ pre-2002) or
    • 13+ on the HiSET and
    • score at least a 28 on the ACCUPLACER exam.  Schedule an exam at Tech or at most universities and community colleges across the country.  Schedule an exam.
  • What if I don't meet the minimum requirements for admission?

    If you do not meet these requirements, it is still possible to be admitted to Tennessee Tech. You are important as an individual and your grades or test scores might not tell your whole story. The Holistic Review Committee, comprised of administrators, faculty members and staff from across the university, meets regularly to evaluate applications on a student-by-student basis. After you submit all necessary items for your application, you will be notified if you qualify for an individual, holistic review.

    You will be asked to submit a brief letter of explanation describing the background behind your previous academic history like GPA and test scores. Also, please include a plan of action outlining how you will overcome previous challenges to be successful as a Tech student. Email your holistic review letter to The holistic review process will begin once all of your application items have been received and when we have received your letter of explanation. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about the holistic review process -, (931) 372-3635.

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How to Apply to Tennessee Tech


Step 1Submit an Application

Fill out our online application at If you need to make a change to your existing application, please submit an application update form.

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Step 2Pay Your Application Fee

Before an application can be reviewed for admission, you must submit your $25 non-refundable undergraduate application fee. Please note that if you have paid the undergraduate application fee in the past, you do not need to do so again.

Application Login

Step 3


Before your application can be evaluated for admission, request your high school to submit official high school and college transcripts. For additional information on how transcripts can be sent, expand the options below.

It may take 3-5 business days before the transcript appears on your account.

Step 4

ACT or SAT Scores

Freshmen under the age of 21 will need to request official ACT or SAT scores if they are not posted on your high school transcript. If you are taking dual-credit courses or AP exams, you will need to request your school to send in these official transcripts as well. Tech’s ACT code is 4012 and Tech’s SAT code is 1804.

How to send in ACT Scores

Step 5

Check your Application Status

Once you have completed the steps above, the Admissions Office will review your application. To see your missing items and review your application status, sign back into your application.

Check Application Status

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Credit Awarded by Exam

Tennessee Tech awards credit for certain examinations and courses. Students may obtain credit through a high score on the ACT test, Advanced Placement exams, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas and courses, and Statewide Dual Credit.

For full details on what credit is available, and what scores are required to earn those credits, select the exam or course you participated in from the list below:

If you have questions about what credit may transfer, or can’t find your exam listed, contact the Admissions Office for assistance at

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Admitted Next Steps

Here are the steps you'll need to complete after being admitted and before starting your classes. This list is applicable to all incoming freshmen, but you can see a customized list just for you by checking your TechExpress account!

Admitted Step 1Set up your TechExpress Account

You'll find all your most-used Tech resources, including your Tech email, T-Number, Next Steps, and so much more. To get started, click the link below and follow the instructions.

Admit Step 2Access Eagle Online and Email Through TechExpress

Eagle Online: This is the student portal you will use to access class schedules, financial aid, and other student information throughout your college career.

Tech Email: Every new student at Tech is given a Tech email account. Your email will be the primary communication method for Financial Aid, Scholarships, and more, so keep your eyes peeled for exciting updates.

Access Eagle Online and Email

Admit Step 3Apply for Scholarships!

Complete the single scholarship application that automatically puts you in the running for 700+ scholarships. You must be admitted and the application must be completed each year. For questions, email

The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 15 for the next Fall semester.

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Admitted Step 4Submit Your FAFSA

In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must have a FAFSA on file. This is something you must do every year as a college student, but it is particularly important to ensure you get as much aid as you can in your freshman year. Our official FAFSA Code: 003523. For questions, email

Complete the FAFSA

Admitted Step 5Apply for Housing

One of the most exciting parts of your college experience is living on campus! We have 15 residential halls available, as well as Tech Village apartments, so you can find the best fit for you. Check out what it really looks like to live on campus!

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Admitted Step 6Register for SOAR

During your two-day orientation, you will learn about campus resources, academics and life as a Golden Eagle. You will also finalize your class schedule and be able to ask any questions before you start classes.

Register for Orientation

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Tennessee Tech Admissions

FAFSA: 003523 — ACT: 4012 — SAT: 1804

Mailing Address:
Tennessee Tech University
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 5006
Cookeville, TN 38505-0001

Physical Address:
Jere Whitson, rm 208
805 Quadrangle
Cookeville, TN 38505

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 AM to 4:30 PM Central