TTU earned the same recognition last year for the first time. The most recent ranking was released today. Of 17 schools listed for all of Tennessee, TTU was one of only four public universities to earn the designation.
"We believe these schools uphold the standards of our Best Southeastern College distinction and provide students with a wide breadth of excellent schools to consider," said Robert Franek, publisher and editorial director for The Princeton Review.
To qualify for inclusion, each school had to meet standards for academic excellence and allow its students to participate in anonymous surveys to provide opinion-driven profiles. According to The Princeton Review web site, the regional rankings provide a way to "raise awareness of academically excellent but lesser-known colleges with students looking to study within a specific geographic area."
A summary of student comments provided on the survey appears on the web site. Students give frank, first-hand accounts of what life and academics are like on the college campuses. TTU students provided insight into what makes TTU a distinct university.
"Technology plays a very big role in our classes," wrote one student about TTU. "We are not just learning about computers. We are learning how to utilize technology in practical, career-oriented ways."
Tennessee Tech University traditionally earns top ratings. Last week it was ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine's 2006 America's Best Colleges guidebook as one of the Top Public Universities in the South for its category, as well as among the Best Universities, which includes both public and private schools, in its category for the South.
The Princeton Review is a New York City-based company known for its test prep courses, education services, and books. It has conducted the survey since 1992, when it first published its annual "Best Colleges" — college rankings based on student ratings of their schools and reports of their experiences at them.
The listings are available on the company’s web site located at http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/regional/region_southeast.asp.