TTU named to "Best in the Southeast" list by The Princeton Review for seventh year

Posted by Karen Lykins - Tuesday, August 03 2010
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Tennessee Tech University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast for the seventh consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review.

Tennessee Tech is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in the "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," released yesterday by

“To be one of the best colleges in our region, we have committed to offering our students academic excellence and challenges, social opportunities and a solid start at life-long success—all at a good value,” said TTU President Bob Bell.

The 133 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Collectively, the “regional best” colleges account for about only 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

In the profile, Tennessee Tech is described as a “rural university with friendly people” located in a scenic area. There are more than 40 majors and the music and nursing programs are “extremely good.”

Students also said Tennessee Tech offers “a good education for a steal of a price.” The engineering program has a “mathematically demanding” reputation and TTU is good at finding “co-ops, internships, and eventually jobs” for its future engineers. Many classes are challenging.

Other students talked about challenging classes, but said there are free and “very helpful” tutoring labs around campus. The professors are “generally good” who “will talk individually with you about anything you need.”

"We're pleased to recommend Tennessee Tech University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publishing. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

The publication winnows the list based on institutional data collected directly from the schools, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of the publication staff, plus college counselors and advisers.  They also take into account what students at the schools reported about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey.   Only schools that permit the publication to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for the regional best lists.

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