The Fall 2013 enrollment for TTU is 11,118.
This designation, reported each year by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., touts TTU as one of the best college educations for the cost nationwide. TTU has been included in the list every year from 2006 to 2012.
- TTU graduates have the least debt in the South, according to U.S.News & World Report.
More than half of TTU's 2011 graduates left school debt free. The 47 percent of grads who had private or government student loan debt owed an average of $9,952, the second lowest average debt amount in the nation.
The median salary for a Tennessee Tech graduate after an average 15 years’ experience is $76,400. That figure tops all other universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee systems. This is the second year TTU has ranked first in the category. TTU offers six of Payscale.com’s Top 10 College Majors that Lead to High Salaries: chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, physics, and applied mathematics.
- TTU ranked 29th in the Best Bang For Your Buck category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The highest-ranking Tennessee school on the list, TTU has 41 percent of students receiving Pell grants, a 50 percent graduation rate and a 4 percent loan default rate among graduates. Washington Monthly created the rankings category to identify colleges that do the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
- Online College Database named TTU among the Highest Starting Salary Colleges. The Database highlighted 11 Tennessee colleges and universities with annual tuition of less than $20,000, and whose new graduates’ average starting salary is more than $30,000.
Affordable Colleges Online ranked TTU third in Tennessee for Return on Investment in 2013, based on a solid combination of low cost and lifetime earnings after graduation. AC Online determined ROI based on wage findings from PayScale.com’s 2013 College Earnings Report and other sources, including the Carnegie Foundation and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
Tennessee Tech University is one of the nation's 50 "Best Value" public colleges and universities. Top quality academics, low cost and exceptional financial aid service earned TTU a spot in the 2007, 2008 and 2010 America's Best Value Colleges guidebooks published by The Princeton Review and Random House. TTU is one of only three public universities in Tennessee and the only TBR institution to make the 2010 list.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked TTU among the "Top Public Universities" in its 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 America's Best Colleges Guides.
- U.S.News & World Report ranked Tennessee Tech as a top Regional University in the South in 2012 and 2013.
- PrincetonReview.com named TTU "Best in the Southeast" in 2012, the ninth consecutive year PrincetonReview.com recognized TTU in the rankings. To qualify for inclusion, each school must meet standards for academic excellence and allow its students to participate in anonymous surveys to provide opinion-driven profiles.
- The Princeton Review listed TTU’s College of Business as one of the “Best 301 Business Schools” in the nation in its 2012 guidebook.
- The Princeton Review named Tennessee Tech as one of only five public universities in Tennessee on its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region, Southeast list.
- TTU’s University Service Center recorded 2,816 students engaged in community service or academic service learning in the 2009-10 academic year. Those students logged almost 13,000 hours in volunteer work.
The Service Center, established to match volunteers with organizations and projects that need support, is a member of President Barack Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
- TTU engineering and technology graduates were recognized by 99 percent of respondents in a recent survey of employers as "excellent employees."
- The College of Business was included in Peterson's publication of "The 237 Best Business Schools in the World."
- TTU nursing graduates achieved a higher pass rate among registered nurses taking the National Council Licensure Examination last year, exceeding the average pass rate of state, national and Tennessee Board of Regents graduates.
- TTU was named a military friendly university by G.I. Jobs magazine in its 2012 Guide to Military Friendly Institutions. Only 20 percent of more than 8,000 colleges and universities surveyed were included in the publication.
- The university was also named among the top military friendly universities by Military Advanced Education in its 2013 Guide to Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.