Tennessee Tech University ranks ninth as a Top 25 "A-List" school and second in the South, according to the new ranking system from CollegeAtlas.org that highlights schools with exceptional affordability, accessibility and academic quality.
CollegeAtlas.org recently released its "A-List," a ranking of the top 100 universities nationwide, as well as four regional lists, that emphasize three factors that students and parents care about most: low tuition, a strong academic reputation and a reasonable shot at acceptance.
"Our vision includes being nationally recognized as a leading technological university in the South," said TTU President Phil Oldham. "We are exploring new ways to build on our traditional strengths, and that includes finding ways to keep the financial burden off our students while delivering an excellent education."
The "A-List" uses a new ranking methodology to shine a spotlight on a lineup of colleges and universities that deliver the best academic and economic value to students, while admitting a relatively high percentage of applicants.
The factor with the highest weight in the calculation is the quality of education offered at each university. To assess academic standing, the calculation considers an institution's categorization and rank published in the annual U.S.News "Best Colleges" rankings. The ranking takes into account in-state tuition to determine affordability and provides a realistic look at what a typical student will pay for his or her education at each institution. The list takes into account both the acceptance rate and enrollment size of each school.
TTU is consistently ranked one of "America's 100 Best College Buys, and graduates have the least debt in the South, according to U.S.News & World Report. TTU students have the highest mid-career median salary potential of any public university graduates in the state, according to PayScale.com.
TTU ranked 29th in the Best Bang For Your Buck category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings, making it the highest-ranking Tennessee school on the list. Washington Monthly created the rankings category to identify colleges that do the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
To see the complete Tennessee Tech "A-List" information, visit http://www.collegeatlas.org/tennessee-technological-university.html.