UT Named a 2015 Best Value College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

UT has been named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of 100 best values for 2015. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

UT is in the top 100 of Kiplinger‘s list of Best Values in Public Colleges.

Over the past six years, the university has raised its four-year graduation rate by 12 percentage points to 43 percent and its six-year graduation rate by 9 percentage points to 69 percent. UT has also improved first-year student retention by 3 percentage points to 87 percent in the same time frame.

UT has significantly increased its need-based scholarship programs to help Tennessee students earn their degree and minimize debt. About 98 percent of incoming in-state freshmen qualify for the state’s lottery-funded HOPE scholarship. A little more than 29 percent of freshmen are eligible for federal Pell grants. About 57 percent of UT’s university-funded scholarships are merit-based.

The complete rankings are available at the Kiplinger’s website.

C O N T A C T:

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460, wheins@utk.edu)