More than 1,800 high school students and more than 30 colleges and universities to attend

Cookeville – Tennessee Tech University is set to host the annual Upper Cumberland College Fair Wednesday, Aug. 30 in the Marc L. Burnett Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

“We are anticipating more than 1,800 high school students from the region and more than 30 colleges and universities to attend,” said Director of Admissions Frank Tittle.

Attending high school students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities, as well as every college within Tennessee Tech. They will obtain hand-outs and information from each of these representatives as they walk from table to table in the gym area. Upper Cumberland area students attending are mainly seniors, but some juniors are included as well.

“Tennessee Tech has been the proud host of the Upper Cumberland College Fair for more than 30 years now,” said Tittle. “We’re excited to have Upper Cumberland high school students on Tech’s campus to learn more about the world-class educational opportunities that await them. Tech will have every one of our colleges and schools represented at this event, including engineering, nursing, agriculture and human ecology, fine arts, arts and sciences, business, education and interdisciplinary studies. ROTC will also be there.”

Tittle added that this is Tech’s largest recruitment event hosted on campus and that it is a chance for the university to help students start their college visit season off right.

“At this event, we also plan on announcing our free undergrad application month, which kicks off in Sept.,” said Tittle. “That was a big hit last year with many students choosing to apply during that month. We hope that this fair gets students interested in all the opportunities to go to college and that they would consider Tennessee Tech as their top choice for next fall.”

High schools that are not able to attend this year’s fair are invited to contact Tech’s Office of Admissions about planning a group visit to the university. Tech can host up to 200 students at a time for campus visits. Interested schools can contact the office at (931) 372-6104 or

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