Tech earns fourth consecutive best buy honor

Add one more to the list of awards for Tech’s ranking as a university-Americas Top 100 Best College Buys. Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc. determined Tech to be one of the nation’s best college values for the fourth consecutive year in its annual National College Survey.

“Of all the honors Tech gets, this is probably the one I appreciate the most,” said President Bob Bell.

This award adds to Tech’s other rankings as one of US News and World Report’s Top Schools in the South and one of Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern Colleges.

With national rankings and record enrollment Tech is a quality university, according to Bell.

As the state budget gets tighter Tech and other Tenn. colleges’ tuitions are increasing each year, but Tech’s quality of education, according to Bell, is still excellent and affordable.

“It’s all a relative thing-how much you’re paying here versus somewhere else,” Bell said. “The quality of education is good and the cost is reasonable.”

Of the 100 schools awarded only two other public universities in Tenn. were chosen as best buys, UT-Knoxville and UT-Martin.

The 100 best buys were chosen from 1,453 universities nationwide.

The criteria for consideration of the award include colleges with four-year undergraduate programs, facilities for room and board, and entering freshman high school

ACT scores or grade point averages equal to or greater than the national average.

Current tuition for full-time students at Tech is $2622 per semester, and the enrollment this fall is 10,796