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thumb_BellStudentsTennessee Tech University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast for the eighth year in a row, according to The Princeton Review.

TTU is one of 135 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,’ that posted earlier this month on

“It is always satisfying to see our efforts to be the best recognized nationally,” TTU President Bob Bell said. “We have committed to providing our students a solid foundation for lifelong learning through our excellent academics and social opportunities, all at a good value.”

The 135 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Collectively, the “regional best” colleges constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

In the profile, Tennessee Tech is described as a rural campus in a “wonderful college town” that offers “quite a lot for a reasonable tuition,” including being “the best engineering school in the state.”

According to the profile, many of the professors “make classes very interesting,” and “make themselves available outside of the classroom.”

Students also said TTU has many “different varieties of students,” and that it is “easy to find your niche on campus and in the community.”

“We’re pleased to recommend Tennessee Tech University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

The publication winnows the list based on institutional data collected directly from the schools, visits to campus over the years and the opinions of the publication staff, plus college counselors and advisors. They take into account what students reported about their campus experiences on an 80-question survey. Only schools that permit The Princeton Review to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for the regional best lists.