Tennessee Tech is one of only three universities in Tennessee, and the only Tennessee Board of Regents institution, to make the combined list of 100 "Best Value" public and private schools, along with Sewanee—The University of the South and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
The Princeton Review teamed with USA Today to feature 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities. Of the 50 schools chosen in each category, the top 10 are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 40 are listed in alphabetical order.
On USA Today’s web site, Tennessee Tech’s profile includes comments about the costs and focus of the university.
“Overall, the costs are much lower than what you would expect to pay at most top universities,” the profile states. “Tennessee Tech’s tuition and fees are lower than the regional average. Given the school’s limited enrollment and academic excellence, TTU offers a lot of value for a little money.
“Despite the technological focus its name suggests, Tennessee Tech isn’t simply an engineering and science school (although it does excel in both those areas). Actually, education and business administration are just as popular as engineering, the arts and sciences division is robust, and TTU’s nursing program is top-tier. Professors expect students to work hard, and small class sizes (more than half of TTU classes have fewer than 25 students) foster learning.”
The Princeton Review selected the institutions as its "Best Value" choices for 2010 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance, and financial aid, using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2008-09 academic year.
Tennessee Tech also has held a place as one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” as determined by Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc., an independent research and consulting organization.
U.S.News & World Report’s most recent list of “America’s Best Colleges” recognizes 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.
Visitors to The Princeton Review web site (at www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx) and USA TODAY web site (at www.bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com) can access the complete lists of 50 public and 50 private “Best Value” colleges.