Tech puts ‘Putnam First’ with early applications

Tennessee Tech students Taylor Brake, Hayley Leming, Alex Rinks, Amelia Greer and Sierra Bozeman explore downtown Cookeville.

COOKEVILLE – The university’s application for admission for Fall 2023 is set to open Aug. 1, but for the third year, Tennessee Tech University is putting ‘Putnam First’ by giving Putnam County residents early access beginning July 12.  

“We want students from Putnam County to know just how important they and their families are to Tennessee Tech,” said Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Career Placement Karen Lykins. “Tech draws students from across the state and around the world, but the university’s connection to the local community runs deep and students from right here in Putnam County bring so much to our university.”

This gives the residents of the county an opportunity to get applied, admitted and on to the next step in the process of applying for scholarships prior to the applications opening for all students on Aug. 1. 

“Putnam First helps the local students take advantage in applying first to a great university that is in their backyard. That can be a peace of mind to a lot of students who are unsure of what they want to do,” Assistant Director of Admissions Frank Tittle said. “It allows Tech to possibly make the first connection with local students and assist them in their journey throughout their senior year.”

Additionally, it provides the students an earlier opportunity, once admitted, to investigate the college offerings that will be available in their Tech Express accounts, which they cannot access until they have been admitted. 

“They also can begin communications with the student success center within the college that they will be a part of as a student on campus,” Tittle said. 

Putnam First gives Tech an opportunity to show that the local schools are important to Tech, according to Tittle. The partnership between Tech and Putnam County spans over a century, and with this initiative, it continues to develop and thrive.  

Tech was again named as the top public college in Tennessee in MONEY magazine’s “Best Colleges in America” listing in 2022. Tech was ranked third in the state overall among both public and private universities. Local residents now have an advanced opportunity to take advantage of their accessibility to university.

The university recently coined the phrase “Cookeville – Tennessee’s College Town,” to emphasize the close connection the university has with the city of Cookeville and Putnam County. Putnam First is another element strengthening that connection.  

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