UT Martin announced fall enrollment, national rankings
Contact 1: Erin Chesnut
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin has 6,705 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for fall semester 2016 in final numbers announced Sept. 13. This total includes students on the main campus as well as online students and those attending on the university’s five centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer and Somerville.
Total enrollment is down 1.8 percent (122 students) from the fall 2015 headcount of 6,827 students, and there are 77 fewer first-time freshmen registered. However, this incoming freshman class boasts the highest average ACT composite score of any previous freshman class with an average of 23.01, up from 22.7 in 2015. The freshman class also holds an average high school grade point average of 3.53, up from 3.48 last year.
The number of enrolled graduate students increased by 8.7 percent (34 students) and transfer students increased by 4.3 percent (19 students). The largest jump occurred in the dual enrollment area, with a total of 604 high school students earning college credit from UT Martin. This is a 77.6 percent increase over the 340 students participating in fall 2015. The number of out-of-state students attending UT Martin has also increased this year, with out-of-state freshmen increasing 38 percent (22 students) and total out-of-state enrollment increasing 15 percent. Out-of-state numbers do not include international students.
Enrollment numbers are expected to rise for fall 2017 as Tennessee Promise students complete their first two years at local community colleges and transfer to finish their degrees at four-year universities.
The university has also continued as a top university according to both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked UT Martin 16th among public, southern universities in its 2017 list of the “Best Regional Universities” in the South. UT Martin is tied for this position with Marshall University in West Virginia and Radford University in Virginia, and is in a five-way tie for 47th-place overall. This is up from the 2016 ranking in which UT Martin tied at number 19 among public southern universities and number 50 overall. The rankings also place UT Martin in a tie for number 11 among the best public, southern universities for veterans this year (29th overall). UT Martin did not appear on this list in 2016.
The Princeton Review included UT Martin in its “Best of the Southeast” list for the 14th consecutive year.
The USA Today 2017 College Rankings released this month list UT Martin 10th in the state in the category “Best Colleges for the Money – Undergraduates with no Aid.” The university is also listed in the top fifth percentile for the categories “Agriculture, General: Most Popular” (3 of 83 universities ranked) and “Agriculture, General: Most Focused” (1 of 83).
For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.
PHOTO ID: Students are shown outside the Hall-Moody Administration Building on the main campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin.