Tennessee Tech University
Performing Arts Culture at Tennessee Tech
From pop concerts to symphony performances, open mic nights to Shakespeare, Tennessee Tech's performing arts programs have something for everyone. Performers and appreciators can find their niche in the music halls, on the theater stage or in the crowd, applauding the talents of friends, classmates and professors.
TTU student musicians get one-on-one instruction and performance opportunities ranging from small ensembles to seats with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, which is based on campus.
With three plays every year, actors can find a home on the Backdoor Playhouse stage, which is also a venue for guest performers, film screenings and open mic nights.
Student groups and university organizations bring a variety of bands and musicians to campus every year. Student bands battle for a chance to open for professional musicians in concerts and every semester, the Student Government Association hosts a top-name artist for a free concert. Past performers have included the Goo Goo Dolls, Eric Church and Gym Class Heroes.
Launching a Career from Tennessee Tech
A college education means more than reading a textbook. Tennessee Tech alumni launch meaningful careers from our campus.
With a variety of annual career fairs for all majors, internships and cooperative education opportunities, TTU's faculty and staff help students build relationships and gain professional experiences that transition into a career upon graduation. Before venturing into the professional world, students have the chance to build a winning resume, learn how to interview, work alongside professionals and network with mentors from the start of their freshman year.
Professional development opportunities go beyond the basics, with an on-campus professional clothes closet that lends tailored suits to students, and classrooms designed to mimic real-world work environments, from hospital rooms to the stock exchange.
Living and Learning Villages at Tennessee Tech
Designed to bridge the divide between residential and academic life, TTU's Living and Learning Villages unite professors and students with mutual interests in the environment, engineering, arts and media, and international cultures, among others.
The villages give students an immediate relationship with each other and with a professor who shares their interests and values. Village events and activities range from game nights and cooking classes to field trips and community clean ups. Relationships that form in the learning villages become lifelong connections with the university and each other.
Each village's faculty head also teaches a class to introduce students to the university and to help them build skills for academic and social success.
Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech
The Appalachian Center for Craft is an 87,000 square foot facility that houses Tennessee Tech's craft studios in clay, glass, fibers, metals and wood.
About 25 miles west of the TTU campus, the Craft Center in Smithville includes housing for art students, a sales gallery where they can sell their work and an artist in residence program for additional mentoring and professional development. The large studios are shared between 15 to 20 students in each of the media programs, giving students lots of space in which to work and the chance to build close relationships with their professors.
TTU's craft programs are detail oriented and focus on building skills across the five media to enhance a student's talents and abilities. Many of our graduates have gone on to become award-winning artists.
The Craft Center also serves as a community art center with a variety of events and festivals throughout the year. Introductory classes are designed for a variety of skill levels.
International Education at Tennessee Tech
Students at Tennessee Tech get an international education, even if they never leave the state. The university offers a variety of programs to give students the chance to study abroad, and hundreds of students from around the world choose TTU to complete their studies. Social opportunities abound for giving students venues to interact through international festivals and buddy programs.
Several courses at TTU incorporate international travel, and the university has developed partnerships with universities around the world to give students a chance to experience other cultures and ways of life. Students can go overseas for a few weeks or several months, and when they return, international festivals and organizations help to keep those experiences alive.
Learning through Service at Tennessee Tech
Learning is not just confined to the classrooms at Tennessee Tech. Our students, faculty and staff are committed to serving our town, region and world.
Many courses have service learning requirements, and faculty and staff help to organize community clean ups, benefit events for Habitat for Humanity and trips to orphanages overseas. Hundreds of students volunteer for service learning every semester with friends and clubs or by starting their own projects through the university's Service Center.
In recent years, President Obama has honored TTU with inclusion on the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for our commitment to community service.
About Tennessee Tech University
Students at Tennessee Tech University get more than a top-notch education. They learn to be leaders in their chosen careers. They learn about cultures across the globe, discover how to be good citizens through service organizations and dozens of student clubs, gain exposure to the performing and visual arts, and build connections and friendships across ages, backgrounds and interests.
At Tennessee Tech, learning isn't contained within a classroom's four walls. There's a sense of a strong intellectual community, with faculty and students connecting daily through research, discussion and service. Beyond labs and lectures, faculty and staff work continuously to improve our students' college experience by engaging them in campus and community activities. They work together to bring relief to communities when disasters strike and to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity. They plan concerts and festivals together. Ideas hatched in a lab turn into inventions to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
Our students come from more than 30 states and a wide variety of countries, creating a blend of cultures, ethnicities and ideas. Our students benefit from individual attention and mentoring from their professors.
Like our Golden Eagle mascot, TTU students are focused on their studies, fearless in their pursuit of their goals and future, and committed to their campus and global communities.
Whether helping with tornado relief in Middle Tennessee or working with a Turkish university to market Middle Eastern products, TTU students are dedicated to helping others and to following their dreams. The relationships built on campus and its off-campus locations create a strong family of friendships that last a lifetime.
Calling Tennessee Tech home, TTU alumni leave here to change the world. Astronauts and entrepreneurs, artists and teachers build their professional selves and launch their careers from our 235-acre campus, having confidence in their abilities and education to tackle global issues and become leaders in their career fields.
With nearly 12,000 students, Tennessee Tech offers more than 40 undergraduate and 20 graduate degrees across six academic disciplines: agricultural and human sciences; arts and sciences; business; education; engineering; and interdisciplinary studies. Centrally located among three of Tennessee's largest cities, the campus is surrounded by lakes, state parks, mountains and rivers in one of the most ecologically diverse climates in the nation. Founded in 1915, Tennessee Tech is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.