Tech named A+ school by U.S. News, ranked among top schools in the nation

Tech’s engineering, business, computer science and nursing undergraduate programs also ranked

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(Sept. 13, 2021) –Tennessee Tech University has again been ranked as one of the top universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In its annual rankings, Tech is ranked #140 among national public universities (tied for #277 overall).

Tech was again named to the magazine’s “A+ Schools for B Students” list. The criteria for this list include high academic quality, high first-year retention rate, and high school class standing and standardized test score. Tech is one of only two public universities in the state on the list.

Tech appears on a total of eight U.S. News lists this year:

  • National Universities
  • Top Public Schools
  • A+ Schools for B Students
  • Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • Undergraduate Engineering Programs (Doctorate)
  • Computer Science Programs
  • Undergraduate Business Programs
  • Nursing Programs

According to data published by U.S. News, Tech performs very well in comparison to all other Tennessee public universities on measures of incoming student quality, social mobility and student outcomes. Tech has:

  • The second-highest graduation rate
  • The second-highest first-year student retention rate
  • The second-highest ACT score range

Tech's College of Engineering, which recently held a groundbreaking for a new $62 million engineering facility, is ranked #162 in the publication's "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs Rankings (Doctorate)" national listing, and its Computer Science program is ranked #224 among 538 programs nationwide.

Other Tech colleges ranked are the College of Business (#363 out of 514 schools) and the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing (#332 out of 694 schools).

According to U.S. News, 17 indicators of academic quality are used to determine a school’s ranking. A total of 391 national universities are listed in the rankings, with 298 in the top tier.

Tennessee Tech, with an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students, offers more than 200 programs of study, and its graduates leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment of any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale. It is no stranger to top rankings, receiving additional high marks from Washington Monthly, The Princeton Review and PayScale, among others.

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