Cookeville's Tennessee Tech University is one of the Top 10 “Public Regional Universities” in the South, according to the publisher of U.S.News and World Report. TTU’s ranking is the top listing for a Tennessee public university in that category for the southern region. States included in the region are Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. It’s the university’s ninth year being ranked one of the best in the region as TTU earned the 29th spot among Best Regional Universities in the South, which includes public and private schools, in the 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges. The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, will also be published in the September issue of the U.S.News & World Report magazine, on newsstands starting Aug. 31.
“As we plan for new experiences for our students, such as learning communities, and as we focus on their needs, we are pleased to see these rankings reflect our efforts to serve students,” said TTU President Bob Bell. “We continue to focus on excellent academic offerings and exceptional education value.”
Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. TTU’s ranking indicates that 82 percent of its faculty members are full-time. About 37 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. Fifty-three percent of TTU entering freshmen are classified in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The main rankings are separated into four main categories, which have changed from previous years: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. These categories are further subdivided by geographic region. Universities within the regional university category, such as TTU, offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but fewer doctoral programs (if any) compared to institutions listed in the national category. TTU offers doctoral degrees in engineering, education and environmental sciences. The regional university category is separated by region because, in general, schools in this category tend to draw students heavily from surrounding states. While TTU typically attracts most of its students from within the state, last year the university enrolled students from 40 other states and 65 foreign countries.