TTU named one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" for third straight year

For the third straight year, Tennessee Tech University holds a place as one of "America's 100 Best College Buys."

Combined with honors as one of the Top Public Schools in the South as ranked by U.S.News & World Report and as a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review for 2008, the "best buy" recognition solidifies TTU's reputation as a quality university that is also affordable.

"We are proud that we continue to provide affordable access to education in a time when the cost of a college education can seem prohibitive," said TTU President Bob Bell. "The value and quality we offer students enables them to leave the university prepared for lifelong learning and success."

The America's 100 Best College Buys report is issued each year by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization. The findings are based on the analysis and review of the group's 17th annual National College Survey.

As the report title indicates, only 100 colleges or universities are included in the listing each year. Six institutions from Tennessee are listed this year, including only three public universities: TTU, UT-Knoxville and UT-Martin.

The research company compiled its report from a survey of 1,468 accredited U.S. colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degree programs and provide facilities for room and board. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,152 schools responded.

To be considered for inclusion in the list of 100, a college or university must also have had an entering freshman class in fall 2006 with a high school grade point average and/or ACT score equal to or above the national average, and an out-of-state attendance cost in 2007-08 for two semesters below or not exceeding the national average by more than 10 percent.

TTU's entering freshman ACT score matched the national average at 23, and the university's out-of-state costs were more than $4,600 less than the national average.

TTU recorded its seventh straight year of record enrollment this fall, with 10,321 students. Campus officials cite the university's ability to combine top quality academic programs, a caring and comfortable campus environment, and low tuition costs as its key to earning many recent accolades.

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