Tennessee Tech Rankings

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Tennessee Tech University is one of the best public universities in the South, according to a variety of reports and rankings organizations.

› U.S. News & World Report

› Payscale

› SmartAsset

› Beacon Center of Tennessee

› Cookeville

› Colleges of Distinction

› Other rankings that include Tech


45% graduate debt-free — Tech graduates who do leave with debt have the least amount of any public university in Tennessee.
— U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report

Best National University
› Ranked #135 in Best Public National Universities
› Ranked #249 in Best National Universities
› Ranked #124 in Social Mobility
› 'A+ Schools for B Students'
› Tech graduates leave with the least debt of all public universities in Tennessee
› Tech colleges or programs that are ranked:

    • College of Engineering
    • College of Business
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Whitson-Hester School of Nursing




PayScale ›

› Based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, and ranks third overall among both private and public universities
› Tech graduates have the highest early career salary of any public university graduates in Tennessee

Highest return on investment of any public university in Tennessee
— PayScale




› Tech is in the top public best value universities in Tennessee, and ranks third overall among both private and public universities
› Tech graduates have the highest starting salary of any public university graduates in Tennessee, and ranks second overall among private and public universities

Beacon Center of Tennessee

› Tech has the top ROI program in the state (electrical engineering)
› An additional six programs are in the top 25: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, civil engineering, engineering technology, and marketing




› Great Value Colleges ranks Cookeville as the #1 Affordable College Town in the U.S.
› Clever, a real estate service, ranks Cookeville as the #10 Most Affordable College Town in the nation


Colleges of Distinction

Tech is recognized by Colleges of Distinction, a guide for college-bound students that provides students with information about schools that distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience and adherence to the consortium’s Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. Tech is recognized on 10 lists:

  • College of Distinction
  • Public College of Distinction
  • Tennessee College of Distinction
  • Affordable College of Distinction
  • Career Development College of Distinction
  • Military Support College of Distinction
  • Business College of Distinction
  • Education College of Distinction
  • Engineering College of Distinction
  • Nursing College of Distinction


$36.36 million, record amount of externally funded research in 2022-23

40% of all Tech students major in a science or engineering discipline

Other rankings that include Tech ›

› Niche
› Social Mobility Index
› Washington Monthly
› Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
› Princeton Review
› Forbes

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