TTU an increasingly popular choice for in-state freshmen

 

thumb happystudentsWhen choosing a university, Tennessee Tech University is an increasingly popular choice for Tennesseans, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s latest biennial fall enrollment survey.

Admission of in-state freshmen increased 23 percent from 2006 to 2010 at TTU — the largest increase among the top five schools in the state. In 2010, 97.6 percent of new freshmen at TTU were Tennesseans.

“More and more students are finding that TTU is the right match for them,” said Robert Hodum, executive director of enrollment management at TTU. “We clearly offer what they are looking for — an outstanding academic reputation, affordable cost, a comfortable, safe environment, and a proven track record for acquiring great jobs at great pay upon graduation.”

Every two years, colleges and universities report the total number of first-time, full-time students by their states of origin, and the data is tracked in the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Students from foreign countries and U.S. territories are not included in the count.

Data are available for nearly 1,600 colleges and universities considered as doctorate-granting, master’s, or baccalaureate institutions, according to the basic classifications of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

In comparison to similar universities, TTU consistently has lower tuition and required fees, higher graduation rates and lower transfer-out rates, according to the IPEDS data.

The five most popular universities for Tennesseans are The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Middle Tennessee State University; the University of Memphis; UT Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech University.

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