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UT Martin named among 'America's 100 Best College Buys' for 12th year


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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin is listed among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., of Rome, Ga., for the 12th consecutive year. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and Union University in Jackson join UT Martin as the only Tennessee universities listed.

“Offering students a high-quality education at an affordable cost is critical in today’s higher education marketplace,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor. “We will work to maintain UT Martin as a value leader for those seeking a four-year college experience.”

To be considered for the designation “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” an institution must be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees. The institution must also offer full residential facilities, including residence halls and dining services.

Additionally, the institution must have had an entering freshman class in fall 2016 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen. Also, the out-of-state cost of attendance in 2017-18 for three quarters or two semesters must either be below the national average cost of attendance or not exceed the national average cost by more than 10 percent.

Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., conducted its 27th Annual National College Survey between April 1 and July 31, 2017. The survey form was submitted to the offices of admissions directors of 1,469 accredited U.S. colleges and universities offering four-year undergraduate degree programs and providing facilities for both room and board. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,088 schools responded.

“Each year UT Martin secures its place among those institutions offering the very finest educational opportunities based solely upon objective, measurable criteria by which all the colleges and universities in America can be compared,” said Lewis Lindsey Jr., IRE president. “Students at UT Martin enjoy and benefit from the opportunity of attending one of a very select group of institutions providing high-quality educations at low cost.”

The recognition follows two listings announced in recent months. In August, The Princeton Review named the university among the “2018 Best Regional Colleges.” The list is part of the company’s website feature “2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region” posted at UT Martin has been included in this listing for 15 consecutive years.

UT Martin also continued among the top southern master’s level universities in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released in September. The university tied for 46th place among both public and private universities and ranked 17th for southern public universities.


MARTIN, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2017 – A BEST COLLEGE BUY – UT Martin is listed among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., of Rome, Ga., for the 12th consecutive year. The university is one of four Tennessee higher education institutions listed. Pictured are UT Martin students Sarah Beth Mullins, a junior from Dyer, and Ashton Sawyers, a sophomore from Gallatin.

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