Orientation and Enrollment

To ease the transition from high school to college, UT Martin offers students an opportunity to participate in the Freshman Experience beginning with SOAR. Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) programs begin in April and continue throughout the summer. Students who attend SOAR will take placement tests, meet with an advisor and register for fall semester classes. Parents will also be involved in information sessions during the one-and-one-half-day program.

The second phase of orientation is the traditional Freshman Studies program. Freshman Studies will be offered to new students four days prior to fall semester through the Division of Student Affairs. A faculty member with the assistance of an upperclass peer counselor conducts a credit course on how to study effectively. Weekly meetings with the faculty counselor continue during the fall semester. Information about the program will be mailed to all students who apply for admission.

A health history form will be provided prior to registration and should be returned to the Office of Student Health Services upon enrollment.

Each student is required to have an identification card with a photograph and Social Security Number issued from the university at the time of enrollment.

Recomended Placement

UT Martin provides placement information to identify the best starting point for first-year students and guide them in selecting courses for which they have adequate preparation. Placement recommendations allow students to begin where they are likely to do well, assisting them in acquiring both hours toward graduation and a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Students are required to follow placement recommendations when their entering ACT Composite score is below 20 (see Mandatory Placement); however, disregarding placement recommendations often leads to failure.


Mathematics Placement Consideration. An entering student whose mathematics placement score indicates the need for either Mathematics 070 Developmental Algebra I or Mathematics 080 Developmental Algebra II should complete the indicated Developmental Algebra course(s) and College Algebra (Mathematics 140) before registering for any chemistry course.

High School Chemistry Consideration. Students not taking chemistry in high school may wish to complete Chemistry 100 before attempting Chemistry 121.

Placement Recommendations. Chemistry placement recommendations are based on the student's high school GPA, ACT Composite score, and the Mathematics Placement Test score. Student recommendations indicate a student's readiness to take Chemistry 121. In some cases where students are borderline in terms of academic preparation, the recommendation will indicate the need to advise students carefully. No recommendation is made if any of the components used to make the determination is missing.


Freshman English. Recommendations for initial placement in freshman English courses are based upon the student's ACT score in English and high school grade point average. If the student's ACT Composite is less than 20, then mandatory placement applies. All English 080 and 111 instructors administer an impromptu diagnostic writing during the first class meeting. Instructors who feel that they have one or more improperly placed students may recommend a different placement. Students who are inappropriately registered for English 080, 090, or 111 will be dropped from that course and should see their advisors to add the appropriate course.

Honors English. Students who score 28 or above on the English portion of the Enhanced ACT may enroll in the freshman honors sequence (111H-112H) which offers enrichment and variety, collegial contact with other excellent students, and an obvious designation of distinction on the academic transcript. Computer-assisted instruction is a part of this course. Any student who earns an A in English 111 may enroll in English 112H, if space is available.

International students. International students normally begin the English sequence with English 080, but may be placed higher based on their results on the English Writing Proficiency Placement Exam. At least twice each semester, the English Department administers an English Composition Placement Examination to insure the appropriate English placement for international students. Eligibility for enrolling in 080 or taking the placement exam requires that the student meet one of the following criteria:

  • Enrollment in or completion of Level 6 of the UT Martin Intensive English Program, OR
  • Achievement of a TOEFL score of 500 (paper) or 173 (computer).

Enrollment in Egnlish 090 or English 111 requires successful completion of the Intensive English Program requirements and placement in the respective course based on the results of the placement examination.


The usual beginning mathematics courses are:

  • Mathematics 070 Developmental Algebra I (high school credit)
  • Mathematics 080 Developmental Algebra II (high school credit)
  • Mathematics 090 Developmental Geometry (high school credit)
  • Mathematics 140 College Algebra
  • Mathematics 185 Precalculus-Trigonometry
  • Mathematics 251 Calculus

Entrance Deficiencies. Students with entrance deficiencies in high school mathematics will be placed in developmental courses to remove the deficiencies. Credit for those courses cannot be counted toward any degree requirements. The type of deficiency determines the students' placement as follow:

  • Mathematics 070 to remove one unit of deficiency in Algebra I
  • Mathematics 080 to remove one unit of deficiency in Algebra II
  • Mathematics 090 to remove one unit of deficiency in Geometry or Advanced Mathematics

Placement Test Results. Placement test results show the highest course in which mandatory placements students may enroll. Mandatory placement applies to students with ACT Composite scores of less than 20 and prevents students who place in either Mathematics 070 or 080 from enrolling in a mathematics course with a higher number.

Consideration of the Requirements for a Student's College Curriculum. Students in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and some areas of agriculture, education, medicine, and business need the Mathematics 251-252 Calculus sequence. If the student has not studied trigonometry in high school or college, the student must complete Mathematics 185 before enrolling in Mathematics 251. Students who place in Mathematics 140 but need Mathematics 185 to prepare for calculus may enroll in the 185 course. ACT scores, reading level, English placement, and high school grade point average are considered as a part of the advising.


Recommendations for enrolllment in Reading 080 are based on the student's ACT reading score. Anyone with an ACT Reading score of 18 or less will be placed in Reading 080. Students who enroll in this class can expect to receive instruction and practice in reading strategies required to handle beginning college text material. Reading 080 should be completed prior to, or in conjunction with, enrollment in any reading intensive courses such as Biology, Business Law, Geology, History, and Psychology.

Students with ACT Composite Scores 20 or Above. Research studies have shown that most freshman-level textbooks used on this campus are written above the Twelfth Grade Equivalent level. Students with ACT Reading scores below 19 should enroll in Reading 080 to increase their chances of academic success. Reading 111 is available for students with ACT Reading scores of 19 or above who wish to become skilled in advanced comprehension and vocabulary.

Students with ACT Composite Scores Below 20. Mandatory placement in Reading 080 will apply to all students with ACT Composite scores below 20 and ACT Reading scores below 19.

Students without an ACT Reading score on file. Beginning students must either produce an ACT Reading score or sign up to take Reading 080. Theu will then take the Nelson-Denny Reading test during class to determine whether or not they test out of Reading 080. Students testing out will then be instructed as to how to drop Reading 080. There are no provisions for testing in addition to those provided in regularly scheduled Reading 080 sections.

Foreign Language

Removing an Entrance Deficiency. An entrance deficiency in foreign languages can be removed by passing 111, the first semester of the elementary sequence of a foreign language, or 115 if continuing a foreign language begun in high school.

Foreign Language Placement. Students who enter with two or more high school units of Spanish or French, and who wish to contine in the same language, will take the department's placement exam and, based on the results of that exam, will be advised to enroll in Spanish or French 115 or a more advanced class. Continuing students in German, Japanese, and Portuguese may start with 122 or a more advanced class, depending on their score on the placement exam. Students who enroll in 111 to remove a deficiency will receive elective credit for that course.

Scores on the French/Spanish/German placement exams are used to place Freshmen in the appropriate language at one of the following levels:

  • 111- First level for students who have a foreign language deficiency, who took German, or who took less than two years of French or Spanish in high school
  • 115-First level for students with two or more years of French or Spanish in high school
  • 122
  • 222
  • 341, 342, or another advanced class

Students who studied foreign language in high school and begin their language study at UT Martin with an intermediate or advanced level course and attain a grade of C or better in the course may earn retroactive credit for up to eight semester hours.

Mandatory Placement

Placement in one or more developmental courses is mandatory for students with ACT composite scores less than 20 whose placement results show they need to enroll in any of the following courses: English 080 or 090, Mathematics 070 or 080, and/or Reading 080. Students who do not have ACT scores must take the university's placement tests in English, mathematics, and reading and follow placement results. International students must comply with the additional English proficiency requirements listed under item 4 of the requirements for admission as an international student (see admission requirement information earlier in this section).

Students must complete all required developmental courses during the first two years of academic study or 60 semester hours, whichever comes first. Exception: Enrollment in a developmental English or mathematics course is optional for transfer students (i.e., anyone who completed 12 or more college-level credit hours prior to first-time enrollment at UT Martin) if they have already passed a college-level course in that discipline. Enrollment in a reading course is also optional.

Enrollment and Minimum Completion Grades in English Composition

The University of Tennessee at Martin believes that writing skills are an important key to academic success. To that end, all students are expected to enroll each semester, with the exception of summer term, in the appropriate English composition course, as determined by ACT scores and high school grade point or the ESL Writing Proficiency Placement Exam, and remain enrolled each semester in the appropriate course (English 100, 110, 111, or 112) until the student has successfully completed English 112 or its equivalent. Students must complete English 112 within the first 60 hours with a grade of C or better or registration restrictions will be imposed.

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