Applications increase at UTM
Applications for summer and fall admission at the University of Tennessee at Martin have increased by 25 percent over the same period last year, according to the Office of Admissions.
The ACT scores of students applying also increased to an average of 22.68, up from 22.36 last year.
“While not all applications translate into enrollments, we are pleased to have such a significant increase as a clear reflection of student interest in the quality of our academic offerings and campus programming,” UT Martin Chancellor Dr. Tom Rakes said. “This is especially meaningful considering the increased academic standards initiated this year.”
This is the fifth consecutive year that application numbers have increased. A recent report showed that by Jan. 3, 1,901 students had applied for admission to UT Martin, up from 1,508 by that date in 2007. Also, there has been a 49 percent increase in housing applications this year.
Students who plan to attend UT Martin and have not applied should note that Feb. 1 is the deadline for scholarship applications.
“The number of applications has increased simply because UT Martin offers features and services students want,” said Judy Rayburn, UT Martin director of the Office of Admissions. “We think students tend to make their decisions based on a school’s atmosphere. Students are looking for more personal attention. They are looking at the size of the university and the opportunity to be involved in campus activities.
“Students who choose UT Martin like the fact that their classes are going to be smaller and taught by faculty, not graduate students, and they like the fact that they will have access to those faculty members outside of class,” she added.
Ms. Rayburn said proximity to home, cost of tuition and apartment-style housing also are important considerations when students choose to apply to UT Martin.
“I am pleased to see the continuing interest and value attributed to a UT Martin degree,” Rakes added. “Continuation of our ongoing planning involving on- and off-campus initiatives ensures that our students have access to a world-class education.”
For application information, visit the UT Martin admissions home page at www.utm.edu/admis.php or call 1-800-829-UTM1.
Published in The Messenger 1.11.08