TTU again ranked as "Best Southeastern College" by The Princeton Review

Tennessee Tech University ranks in The Princeton Review's "Best Southeastern College" listings again this year.

This is the fourth consecutive year the publication has recognized TTU with the honor. The most recent ranking was released today. Of 18 schools listed for all of Tennessee, TTU remains one of only five public universities to earn the designation.

"Our inclusion in this list again this year reflects the commitment of our faculty and staff to making the student experience on campus positive and conducive to lifelong success," said TTU President Bob Bell. "The lifelong success of our students is the true indicator of excellence, and rankings remind us to constantly measure our progress and strive to serve our students."

To qualify for inclusion, each school had to meet standards for academic excellence and allow its students to participate in anonymous surveys to provide opinion-driven profiles. According to The Princeton Review web site, the regional rankings provide a way to "raise awareness of academically excellent but lesser-known colleges with students looking to study within a specific geographic area."

A summary of student comments provided on the survey appears on the web site. Students give frank, first-hand accounts of what life and academics are like on the college campuses. TTU students provided insight into what makes TTU a distinct university.

"Technology plays a very big role in our classes. We are not just learning about computers. We are learning how to utilize technology in practical, career-oriented ways," wrote one TTU student.

Tennessee Tech University traditionally earns multiple top ratings. Last week it was ranked by U.S.News & World Report among the south's best universities and one of the Top 10 Public Universities in the South in its 2008 America's Best Colleges guide. The university tied for 8th place in the Top Public Universities in the South-Master's category rankings. TTU is also ranked among the Best Universities (which includes both public and private institutions) for the southern region this year, placing 25th, and up eight places from the 2007 rankings.

The Princeton Review is a New York City-based company known for its test prep courses, education services, and books. It has conducted the survey since 1992, when it first published its annual "Best Colleges" -- college rankings based on student ratings of their schools and reports of their experiences at them.

The listings are available on the company's web site located at www.princetonreview.com/college/research/regional/region_southeast.asp.

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