UT Labeled Best Value College—This Year, Anyway


Looming budget cuts and possible tuition increases didn't affect The Princeton Review's decision to select the University of Tennessee as one of 50 "Best Value Public Colleges" for 2008. The review stays out of the prognostication business, instead using institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from the fall of 2007 through fall of 2008 to weigh undergraduate academics, costs, and financial aid, along with the percentage of graduating seniors who borrowed from any loan program and the average dollar amount of debt those students had at graduation. With the University of Virginia in the highest spot, 10 schools were ranked from 1-10, with the other 40 "best values," including UT, listed alphabetically. Here are some of the numbers that were crunched for UT:

From the 12,824 applicants:

  • 71 percent admitted
  • 48 percent enrolled
  • 3.61 average high school GPA
  • $5,376 annual in-state tuition
  • $17,916 out-of-state tuition
  • $6,676 room and board
  • $1,326 avg. book expenses
  • $1,112 required fees
  • $9,452 avg. need-based grant
  • $3,511 avg. need-based loan
  • 49 percent number of graduates who borrowed for school
  • $19,341 average indebtedness
  • 16:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 11 percent classes taught by teaching assistants

Source: The Princeton Review