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Tennessee Technological University, popularly known as Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public university located in Cookeville, Tennesseemarker, USmarker, a city approximately seventy miles (110 km) east of Nashvillemarker. 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. Traditionally, the school has been recognized for its strong music program, in particular, the percussion, saxophone and tuba studios. 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 edition of "America's Best Colleges." 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 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 (0.95 kmĀ²) 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.

Buildings on campus

Educational or Administrative

Historical marker in front of Derryberry Hall
Bryan Fine Arts Center

Dormitories/residence halls

  • Browning Hall (Men's)
  • Cooper Hall (Coed)
  • Crawford Hall (Women's)
  • Dunn Hall (Coed)
  • Ellington Hall (Coed)
  • Evins Hall (Men's)
  • Jobe Hall (Business)
  • Marshall Hall (Engineering)*
  • Maddox Hall (Engineering)
  • McCord Hall (Engineering)
  • MS Cooper Hall (International students)
  • Murphy Hall (Honors)
  • New Hall (Freshmen Only)
  • Pinkerton Hall (Coed)
  • Warf Hall (Coed)
  • White Hall (Engineering)*

*Marshall and White Halls were torn down at the end of the Spring 2008 semester, with a new dorm for upperclassmen being built in their stead.



Henderson Hall, constructed in 1931 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985


Research Centers


The Hooper-Eblen Center
Tucker Stadium and Overall Field

The Golden Eagles compete in the following sports:


  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Rifle


  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Track
  • Tennis
  • Golf

On Campus Groups

Honors Societies

The Main Quad in early February
The Main Quad in summer 2007
Prescott Hall
Volpe Library
Main Entrance

Religious Organizations



Departmental clubs



Points of interest

Notable faculty

  • Phillip Barham - Professor of Saxophone; Internationally recognized saxophone performer and pedagogue.
  • R. Winston Morris - Professor of Tuba; Legendary innovator in the fields of tuba performance, education, and chamber music.
  • Eric J. Willie - Professor of Percussion.

Notable alumni

Campus lore

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, Tennesseemarker. 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 MTSUmarker 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 Universitymarker.

The Tennessee Tech Hymn

The quiet hills stand steadfast 'round walls of russet brown.On halls serene and campus green the smoky hills look downAnd 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 wonWe pledge thee faithful service, our love and loyalty.Oh Alma Mater Tennessee Tech, God prosper thee.

Words and music by Joan Derryberry.



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