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UTM has state’s largest percentage enrollment increase

UTM has state’s largest percentage enrollment increase

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 3:31 pm

The University of Tennessee at Martin continues to set all-time enrollment records, claiming the largest percentage increase among Tennessee four-year public universities in preliminary fall reporting. Along with that, UT Martin had record-high enrollments in six categories, based on fall 2008 enrollment figures. A total of 7,578 students are enrolled for the fall semester, an increase from 7,173 recorded for fall 2007. The fall 2008 total includes all-time record fall enrollments for total headcount, incoming freshmen, undergraduates, dual-enrollment students, total full-time equivalent and undergraduate full-time equivalent students. Public higher education funding is based on fall semester full-time equivalency. “We are pleased to see this level of continued student interest in our programs,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor. “Such enrollment growth is one indicator of support and affirmation concerning the overall quality of the college experience UT Martin provides.” Based on final figures, this fall’s enrollment at UT Martin is a 5.6 percent increase over fall 2007. Final figures are compiled by the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning. The record enrollment also reflects 1,342 freshmen, the largest freshman class on the UT Martin campus. Fall enrollment indicates that first-time freshmen have an average 3.38 high school grade-point average, up from 3.37 in 2007, and an average ACT score of 22.40, up from 22.07 in 2007. “Although enrollment growth is exciting, more important is the fact that this entering class is the most academically capable group of new students we have admitted,” said Rakes. Compared to last year’s totals, UT Martin will have 405 more undergraduates and graduates for a 5.6 percent increase, and 113 additional dual-enrollment students, a 15.4 percent increase. The enrollment growth trend follows the recent notification from The Princeton Review that named UT Martin a “Best Southeastern College” for 2009.wcp 9-16-08

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