The Princeton Review listed UT among the top seventy-five public colleges and universities in its Best Value Colleges for 2014 publication, which compared public and private schools in areas including cost, financial aid, academic quality, and campus life. The top colleges and universities were selected from more than 2,000 institutions.
UT “provides a family-like atmosphere full of opportunity and support, all set on a friendly, energetic, and personable” campus, according to an opinion poll of students conducted as part of the survey.
The ranking notes that more than $23 million in scholarships are granted each year, with Tennessee’s lottery-funded Hope Scholarship covering close to half of an in-state student’s tuition and fees.
“Making higher education both accessible and affordable are critical concerns facing our nation and top priorities for our university,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “We are proud to be recognized for working to deliver a great value to our students and their families.”
Cheek, a first-generation college graduate, said enhancing access to the university involves eliminating the potential barriers to enrollment.
“We also provide the support our students need to be successful so they can earn their degree in four years,” he said.
Need-based scholarships also provide financial support to qualifying students. The Pledge Scholarship is available to students from lower-income families. The Promise Scholarship is available to students in Tennessee high schools who historically have been underrepresented on the Knoxville campus. These scholarships cover almost all of the costs of tuition, fees, and books.
The Princeton Review is an educational services company known for its test-prep courses; university admission services; and its annual college, business, and law school rankings.
The Best Value Colleges for 2014 rankings are available on the USA Today website.
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