A First Time Freshmen is a student who has attempted fewer than 12 semester hours of college-level coursework, excluding dual credit courses taken while in high school.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

Graduates from high schools with state accreditation may enter the university by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a composite score of 21 or above on the American College Test (ACT) or 980 SAT (ERW+M) and a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.7 or above on a 4.0 scale, OR
  • a composite score of 19 or above on the ACT or 900 SAT (ERW+M) and a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UT Martin will offer test-flexible admission for students applying for the fall of 2022. As ACT/SAT scheduled tests are being canceled because of the coronavirus, UT Martin will accept applications based on high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and courses taken. Students will have to submit an ACT or SAT score prior to enrolling at UT Martin but can be admitted without a score.
  • Any student’s file not meeting regular admission requirements will be reviewed by the Conditional Admission Committee for admission. There are a limited number of conditional admissions spots each semester, and only students whose academic achievements are close to regular admissions requirements will be considered.

Graduates from high schools without state accreditation must meet one of the following criteria:

  • a composite score of 21 or above on the American College Test (ACT) or 980 SAT (ERW+M) and a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.85 or above on a 4.0 scale, OR
  • Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (731-881-7020 ) for specific admission criteria information regarding ACT and GED or HiSET test score requirements.
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Next Steps for Admitted Students

The following high school courses are required for high school graduates.

  • English: 4 units
  • Algebra: 2 units
  • Advanced Math: 2 unit of geometry, trigonometry, calculus or advanced mathematics
  • U.S. History: 1 unit
  • Social Studies: 1 unit of world history, European history, or world geography (may be fulfilled by completing 2 one-half unit courses)
  • Foreign Language: 2 units in the same language
  • Visual/Performing Arts: 1 unit of theater arts, visual arts, music theory, music history, vocal music, instrumental music or art history

Students who have obtained a GED or HiSet Diploma

An applicant 18 years of age or older who has not graduated from high school may be admitted to the university with appropriate GED or HiSET scores. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (731-881-7020) for specific admission criteria information regarding ACT and GED or HiSET test score requirements.The applicant's high school class must have graduated. Students must request their official test results be sent to UT Martin in addition to a transcript of any high school work completed. ACT or SAT Scores that meet admissions requirements are required for traditional undergraduate enrollment (age 21 or younger).

Non-Traditional Students

Students eligible for admission as non-traditional first-year students graduated from high school three or more years ago and have attempted fewer than 12 semester hours of college-level coursework.

  • Graduated from high school three years or longer and completed fewer than 12 hours of college-level coursework
  • Has a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.85 on a 4.0 scale OR a 19 or above ACT composite score
  • Contact the Admissions Office (731-881-7020 or admitme@utm.edu) for specific admission criteria information regarding ACT and GED or HiSET test score requirements.