Fall enrollment sets records in six categories at UTM
Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 11:54 am
The Messenger 09.22.10
The University of Tennessee at Martin has more than 8,400 students and continues to set all-time enrollment records in six categories, based on fall 2010 enrollment figures.
A total of 8,469 students are enrolled for the fall semester, an increase from 8,101 recorded for fall 2009.
The fall 2010 total includes all-time record fall enrollments for total head count, undergraduates, dual-enrollment students, transfer students, total credit hours and total full-time equivalent. Public higher education funding is based on fall semester full-time equivalency.
“We continue to experience increasing levels of enrollment interest. I am proud of the high quality of our faculty and staff, who serve to draw increasing numbers of great students,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, university chancellor.
Based on final figures, this fall’s enrollment at UT Martin is a 4.5 percent increase over fall 2009. Final figures are compiled by the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
The fall enrollment also reflects 1,255 freshmen on the UT Martin campus. Fall enrollment indicates that first-time freshmen have an average 3.4 high school grade-point average, up from 3.39 in 2009. There are 360 more undergraduate students returning, which represents an 8.3 percent increase. The university also experienced growth in on-campus undergraduate students and online at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“Our increasing numbers are encouraging, but we continue to focus on academic rigor and the importance of the overall academic and learning atmosphere our students deserve,” Rakes said.
Compared to last year’s totals, UT Martin has 368 more undergraduate and graduate students. There are 112 additional dual-enrollment students, a 12.1 percent increase; and 44 more transfer students, a 7.9 percent increase.
UT Martin began the 2010-11 school year with the announcement that the university advanced in the top-tier ranking for master’s level public universities in the South in the 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges compiled by U.S. News & World Report.
It was also announced in August that UT Martin again earned the designation as one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review, 2011 Edition. The New York City-based educational services company selected the school as one of 133 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section on its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”