Published Friday Sep 15, 2017
Following the largest graduating class in Tennessee Tech history last year, preliminary enrollment numbers for fall 2017 at the university show the largest freshmen class in recent years and a slight increase in overall enrollment.
Approximately 10,500 students are enrolled at Tech for the fall semester, including more than 1,750 new freshmen.
“With a large freshmen class and enrollment where it stands now, we are confident that the dedication of our faculty and staff allows us to attract the best quality students to campus. Their efforts are keeping our university strong and paying off for the students we serve,” Tennessee Tech President Phil Oldham said.
At commencement ceremonies last year, more than 2,500 students graduated from Tech, the largest graduating class in university history. However, the increased size of the freshman class kept overall enrollment up.
Along with increased numbers of first-time students, Tech also welcomed an increase in transfer students of approximately 10 percent and saw new graduate students increase by approximately 35 percent for the fall semester.
The College of Engineering continues to be the university’s largest college, with more than 2,830 students. The College of Education is the second largest on Tech’s campus and also serves the largest graduate student population on campus, with nearly 390 graduate level students.
“Tennessee Tech has a well-deserved reputation for providing a world-class education at a great value,” Oldham said. “We are committed to living up to that reputation so that we continue to attract students interested in what Tech has to offer.”
Tennessee Tech offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees across nine schools and colleges: Agriculture and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Nursing. It is no stranger to top rankings, receiving high marks from U.S. News & World Report, the Brookings Institute, the Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, and Payscale.com. This year, MONEY magazine ranked Tech as the top public college in Tennessee in its 2017 “Best Colleges for Your Money” listing.