Published: Thu Oct 1, 2009
For the fifth straight year, Tennessee Tech University holds a place as one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys.”
Issued each year by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization, the “best buy” list identifies the 100 American colleges and universities providing students the highest quality education at the lowest cost.
This recognition comes on the heels of a U.S.News & World Report release listing Tennessee Tech as the only Tennessee school ranked for students who graduate with the least amount of debt. According to that report, 60 percent of TTU’s students graduate debt free.
“We are proud that we continue to provide affordable access to education in a time when cost is more important than ever,” said TTU President Bob Bell. “The value and quality we offer students enables them to leave the university prepared for lifelong learning and success.”
The report is based on analysis and review of the organization’s 19th annual National College Survey.
Six institutions from Tennessee are listed this year, only three of which are public universities: TTU, UT-Knoxville and UT-Martin.
The research company compiled its report from a survey of 1,451 accredited U.S. colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degree programs and provide facilities for room and board. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,195 schools responded.
To be considered for inclusion in the list of 100, a college or university must also have had an entering freshman class in Fall 2008 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average and an out-of-state attendance cost in 2009-2010 for two semesters below or not exceeding the national average by more than 10 percent.
TTU’s entering freshman GPA was 3.32, just above the national average of 3.30. The average freshman ACT score matched the national average at 23. The university’s out-of-state costs were more than $6,150 less than the national average.
TTU recorded its ninth consecutive year of record enrollment this fall, with 10,847 students. Campus officials cite the university’s ability to combine top quality academic programs, a caring and comfortable campus environment, and low tuition costs as its keys to earning many recent accolades.