Tennessee Technological University

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Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee Technological University Logo (Trademark of Tennessee Technological University)
Established 1915
Type State university
Endowment $59.5 million[1]
President Philip Oldham
Admin. staff 500
Students 10,361 (Spring 2014)[2]
Undergraduates 9,358 (Spring 2014)[2]
Postgraduates 1,003 (Spring 2014)[2]
Location Cookeville, Tennessee, US
Campus Suburban, 235 acres (0.95 km2)[3]
Colors Purple & Gold
Mascot Golden Eagles
Website www.tntech.edu

Tennessee Technological University, popularly known as Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee, US, a city approximately seventy miles (110 km) 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.

Tennessee Tech is ranked among the Top 8 Public Schools in the South in U.S. News & World Report's 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012 editions of "America's Best Colleges."[4] It was also ranked among the Top Public Schools in the South in the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 college guides. The Princeton Review also listed TTU as a "Best College Value" in 2006 and 2007. TTU is one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" as reported by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. in 2006.

As of the 2014 spring semester, Tennessee Tech enrolls more than 10,300 students (9,358 undergraduate and 1,003 graduate students),[2] and its campus has 87 buildings on 235 acres (0.95 km²) centered along Dixie Avenue in north Cookeville.[3] 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.

Buildings on campus[edit]

Educational or Administrative[edit]

Derryberry Hall clock tower
Roaden University Center
Bryan Fine Arts Center

Residence halls[edit]

Traditional halls[edit]

  • Browning Hall (Men's)
  • Cooper Hall (Coed)
  • Crawford Hall (Women's)
  • Dunn Hall (Coed)
  • Ellington Hall (Coed)
  • Evins Hall (Men's)
  • Jobe Hall (Business)
  • Maddox Hall (Engineering)
  • McCord Hall (Engineering)
  • MS Cooper Hall (Coed and international students)
  • Murphy Hall (Honors)
  • Pinkerton Hall (Coed)
  • Warf Hall (Coed)


  • New Hall North (Coed)
  • New Hall South (Coed)



Henderson Hall, constructed in 1931 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985
The Main Quad, with South Hall on the right


  • Cooperative Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Distance MBA
  • Honors
  • Military Science

Research Centers[edit]

  • Center for Energy Systems Research (CESR)
  • Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR)
  • Center for the Management Utilization & Protection of Water Resources
  • Center for Teaching & Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM)
  • Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (TNCFRU)


Main article: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

The Hooper Eblen Center
Tucker Stadium and Overall Field

The Tennessee Tech athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.[6]

The school's teams are known as the Golden Eagles, the team colors are purple and gold, and the mascot is Awesome Eagle.[7]

On Campus Groups[edit]

Honors Societies[edit]

The Main Quad in early February
The Main Quad in summer 2007
Prescott Hall
Volpe Library
Main Entrance
The Main Quad, with Bartoo Hall on the right

Religious Organizations[edit]



Departmental clubs[edit]



Decision Sciences[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Phillip Barham, Professor of Saxophone; Internationally recognized saxophone performer and pedagogue.
  • Greg Danner, Professor of Music; composer
  • Michael M. Gunter, Professor of Political Science; Fulbright lecturer, authority on the Kurds and the Middle East.
  • Joseph Hermann, Director of Bands; President of the American Bandmasters Association.
  • R. Winston Morris - Professor of Tuba; innovator in the fields of tuba performance, education, and chamber music,

Notable alumni[edit]

Campus lore[edit]

T.J. Farr Building
  • "Dammit the Dog": a former university president once said "dammit" to a dog in front of a crowd. He covered by saying that was the dog's name. The dog has his own tombstone, an operable fire hydrant, on TTU campus opposite Derryberry Hall.
  • T.J. Farr Building is one of the few buildings on campus not called "Hall." It is said this is because when you say "Farr Hall" in the South, people think you're referring to something other than an academic building, namely a Fire Hall.
  • The golden eagle atop Derryberry Hall was stolen by students from a hotel in Monteagle, Tennessee. After being retrieved by the owner of the hotel many different times, the hotel owner later donated the statue to the university. The governor officially pardoned the students involved.
  • The "Blizzard" is a tradition which started in 1984 when students celebrated the first successful shot made by Tennessee Tech in a basketball game against MTSU by throwing showers of "Tech Squares" (toilet paper) into the air. Since MTSU moved to the Sun Belt Conference, the Blizzard is now performed against Austin Peay State University.

The Tennessee Tech Hymn[edit]

The quiet hills stand steadfast 'round walls of russet brown.
On halls serene and campus green the smoky hills look down
And steadfast may I cherish what thou hast giv'n to me.
Oh Alma Mater Tennessee Tech, God prosper thee.

Deep purple stand the mountains and golden sets the sun.
We proudly wear these colors fair until our goal is won
We pledge thee faithful service, our love and loyalty.
Oh Alma Mater Tennessee Tech, God prosper thee.

Words and music by Joan Derryberry. [16]


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Coordinates: 36°10′34″N 85°30′35″W / 36.176128°N 85.509596°W / 36.176128; -85.509596