Tech among state’s most popular schools for ACT submissions

According to the latest ACT test statistics, Tech ranked as the fifth most popular school to send test scores to among Tennessee ACT takers.

According to, Tech ranked in the top five schools in the state for the past five years. Tech’s numbers rank over schools such as Vanderbilt University, East Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee-Martin.

“Students choose Tech based on our academic reputation, the atmosphere of the campus and affordability,” James Gray, Admissions associate director, said.

According to the National Score Report from the ACT website, a little more than 2,000 high school students chose Tech as their first choice in 2011. Unlike other years, Tech is closing the gap on the University of Memphis, which is number four on the list.

Gray said Tech recently enrolled 1,960 full-time, first-year students.

According to the report, Tech received approximately 5,900 ACT scores, compared to the University of Memphis with approximately 6,300.

“Many times, students who live close to their local university will choose that particular school as their first institution of choice,” Gray said.

Also according to the report, Tech is currently outranked by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and U of M.

UT-Chattanooga received around 7,000 ACT scores and enrolled approximately 2,100 first-time undergraduate students. Vanderbilt University received approximately 3,900 ACT scores and enrolled around 1,600 first-time undergraduate students.