MARTIN, Tenn. — The 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges, compiled by U.S.News & World Report, continues to rank the University of Tennessee at Martin in the top-tier for southern master’s level universities. UT Martin tied for 46th place among both public and private institutions and is 18th among southern regional public universities. The rankings, released this week, rate colleges and universities using information gathered from multiple sources.
Colleges are ranked against their peers using information submitted in a survey completed by the institutions and other sources. Categories used to determine the rankings and to measure academic quality include peer assessment, average freshman retention rates and graduation rates, and faculty and financial resources.
“UT Martin maintains a strong reputation in this region and beyond as reflected in the new U.S. News rankings,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor. “We’re recognized for offering high-quality academics at an excellent value, and UT Martin continues to have the highest graduation rate among public universities in Middle and West Tennessee.”
The university also released preliminary fall enrollment numbers showing a four percent decline from 7,751 students last fall to 7,423 for the current fall semester.
Enrollment declines occurred among dual enrollment and returning undergraduate students, the latter resulting from three years of record-setting UT Martin graduating classes.
Increases occurred among out-of-state students, transfers, sophomores and returning graduate students. Enrollment also increased at off-campus centers and for online students.
PHOTO CAPTION – Student Leslie Serrano and Dr. Barbara Darroch (right) in a UT Martin soil lab.