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UTM earns ‘best’ rating

UTM earns ‘best’ rating

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2008 12:00 am

The University of Tennessee at Martin has again earned the designation as one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review for 2009. The New York City-based education services company selected the school as one of 139 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section on its Web site feature 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region. UT Martin has earned the designation annually since the recognitions were first released in 2003. Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, said the designation is further evidence that the university provides a high-quality educational experience for students. “We’re pleased with this designation and to be recognized among the best in this region,” Rakes said. “Our students are our best ambassadors and we appreciate the opportunity to serve them as they prepare for careers in the global economy.” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, said schools are selected “based on institutional data we collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite.” “We also take into account what each school’s customers — their students — report to us about their campus experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey,” Franek said. “Finally, we work to have our annual roster of ‘regional best’ colleges present a range of institutions in each region that varies by size, selectivity, character and locale.” The 139 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its Best in the Southeast designations are located in 12 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 212 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales. The 630 colleges named “regional best(s)” represent about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. In the recently-released student opinion data in The Princeton Review, the UT Martin narrative said, “The school’s manageable size creates a patently student-friendly environment.” Also noted was, “Among its claim to fame, UT Martin has a high graduate school acceptance rate for students in the health fields, including pharmacy, medicine and physical therapy.” About campus life, one student said, “Campus life at UTM is particularly pleasant thanks to apartment-style dormitories and the pervasive ‘small-town atmosphere.’” Another student said, “The people who aren’t happy at UTM are the ones who don’t get involved. Student organizations, including Greek life and religious groups, are what make Martin interesting.” The student added, “There are groups for almost everyone and, if given the right opportunity, you will find your niche of people.” The Princeton Review ( is known for its test preparation courses, books and college admission and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University and is not a magazine. Published in The Messenger 8.1.08


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