Tennessee Tech University is one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review, which selected TTU for the sixth consecutive year. The education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its recently released web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region. TTU remains one of only five public universities in the state to earn the designation.
“It is always satisfying to see national organizations recognize the academic quality and supportive campus environment that our students, faculty and staff work to create every day,” said TTU President Bob Bell. “Even through difficult budget times, we always strive to make the student experience in every area a great one, and this type of recognition reflects the caring attitude that permeates our university.”
Princeton Review chooses schools based on institutional data collected from several hundred schools in each region, visits to schools over the years, and opinions of independent and high school-based college advisers.
"We chose Tennessee Tech and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing. “We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region website section. The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students 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. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its site. This year, student comments included satisfaction with the affordability of the university as well as academic quality and the surrounding community.
"Tennessee Tech offers a good education for a steal of a price,” said one student. “There are free and very helpful tutoring labs around campus” and “The professors are generally good” and “will talk individually with you about anything you need,” said others. If you enjoy the outdoors, “there is constantly something to do in the area,” said another.
The 141 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. “Regional best(s)" represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.