Tennessee Tech Named to “Best Affordable Colleges” List

Tennessee Tech is one of only two public universities in Tennessee to be named among the 2023 “Best Affordable Colleges” list by Colleges of Distinction.

The award analyzes average net-prices, median debt, and mean earnings data to recognize universities that deliver the best return on a student’s investment.

“At Tennessee Tech, we are relentless in our commitment to put students first by providing them with a world-class education at a reasonable cost,” said Karen Lykins, Vice President for Enrollment and Communication. “With fall 2023 applications already exceeding last year’s near-record totals, more students are discovering for themselves what it means to live Wings Up with an affordable, rewarding college experience that produces career-ready graduates. We are proud to be honored with this recognition for the value that Tech provides to students.”

Aerial view of Tennessee Tech campus

This new award follows similar recognition from U.S. News and World Report, which reported that Tech graduates leave with the least debt of all public universities in Tennessee, and PayScale and SmartAsset, which both found that Tech graduates have the highest early career salaries of any public university graduates in Tennessee, as well as the highest return-on-investment.

“How to pay for college is a near-universal question at the top of new students’ minds,” added Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer at Colleges of Distinction. “Tennessee Tech has demonstrated to us that its students are graduating with manageable debt and careers that help them thrive. Tech shows that an engaging, real-world education doesn’t have to break the bank.”

Colleges of Distinction, founded in 2000, is committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors.

Last year, the organization also recognized Tech on its overall College of Distinction list, as well as its list of best business colleges, best education colleges, best engineering colleges, best nursing colleges, best military support, and best career development.

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