Y2K babies head to college at Tennessee Tech


With more than 1,800 freshman in the 2018 class, Tennessee Tech University is gearing up for a big week. 

Move in day was Thursday and classes start Monday.

For freshmen, it will be a quick transition from life at home to their new home in Cookeville.

TTU President Phil Oldham says if the freshman make sure to go to class, that transition should be a smooth one.

“The number one predictor for student success in college is class attendance. We know that students that miss two or more classes in the first six weeks are more likely to have bad grades, lose scholarships, drop out or are slow to graduate, so we encourage them to stay engaged with studies and connect with faculty,” said Oldham. 

Here is a quick look at the freshman class:

  • This will be the largest freshman class in four years.
  • The class includes freshman from 86 of 95 counties in Tennessee, 16 other states, and 18 other countries.
  • 792 of them are bringing previously earned college credit from 44 other institutions equaling a total of 11,593 credit hours.
  • 639 of them have a father or mother, or both, who have graduated from Tech.
  • 63 of them are Eagle Scouts. 
  • 70 of them have signed with a Tech varsity athletic team.
  • 55 of them have joined the Golden Eagle marching band.
  • 52 members of the class have previously served with the United States Military and 673 of you have a family member who has served.

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