The University of Tennessee Martin (UTM) is a public university in Martin, Tennessee. UTM was first founded in 1900 as a Baptist junior college known as the Hall-Moody Institute. It has grown exponentially since World War II. Today more than 8,100 students attend UTM. The entire 930 acre campus is a registered botanical garden, with a large experimental farm.
UTM is particularly known for its strengths in nursing, agricultural arts, and education. Academics at the university are organized into five colleges:
- College of Business and Global Affairs
- College of Engineers and Natural Sciences
- College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
- College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Humanities and the Fine Arts
The Paul Meek Library features an Innovative Interfaces automated system which connects students with the 33,000 electronic books and 10,000 full text journals that the library has access to online, as well as the online catalog for the 500,000 print volumes, 1100 print periodicals, and other materials.
The library also offers a student computer lab, an instructional technology lab, group study rooms, an all-night study room, picture-scanning service, and a multimedia production station. Wireless laptops are available for student use—these computers can be used at the student’s home and connect to the Internet without an Ethernet connection. The Steven E. Rogers Media Center, where cable channel 66 is produced, is housed inside the library.
High School Academics
Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions to UTM are moderately competitive. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Tennessee, UTM offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships. Scholarships include:
The University Scholars Program, which pays $20,000 over four years to up to 60 students. Qualifications include a GPA of at least 3.5 and an ACT of 28.
The Chancellor’s Award, which pays $12,000 over four years. Qualifications include a GPA of at least 3.5 and an ACT of 28.
The Deans Scholarship, which pays $6,000 over four years. Qualifications include a GPA of at least 3.5 and an ACT of 25.
The Leaders-In-Residence Scholarship, which pays $1,000 for the freshman year. It is available to student council presidents, Beta Club members, Honor Society presidents, Senior Class Presidents, JROTC and Battalion Commanders.
The UTM McWhorter Freshman Scholarship/Workship, which pays $1,000 for the freshman year. Qualified applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT score of 20 or higher.
The Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship, which pays $800 a year for four years. Qualified applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT score of 21 or higher, and must be a recipient of the Girl Scouts of America Gold Award.
The Harold Conner Scholarship, which pays varying amounts to Tennessee high school graduates. This scholarship is awarded to Tennessee high school graduates with minimum ACT scores of 21 and minimum GPAs of 3.25.
Army ROTC Scholarships, which are awarded on a merit basis for a period of two to four years, pay for all tuition, fees, room, board, books, and related academic expenses.
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Clubs and Organizations
There are dozens of student organizations on the UTM campus to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. The student newspaper is The Pacer and the literary magazine is Beanswitch.
Living on Campus
Residences on the UTM campus include traditional residence halls, suites, and apartments. Traditional residence halls include Browning Hall and Ellington Hall. Each hall contains double rooms and features TV lounges, game rooms, computer labs, laundry facilities, internet service in every room, over 80 cable channels, 24 hour desk operations, full-time professional staff, and limited visitation. Apartments include two to four bedroom apartments, wireless internet, premium cable, and full kitchens.
Dining on Campus
The Skyhawk Café and Dining Hall is a traditional buffet style dining hall. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday and for brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. UTM also has a food court on campus with a Chick-fil-a, Southern Tsunami Sushi, Mein Bowl, and Sandella’s Café. JW’s Market is a convenience store with groceries and microwavable items. Captain’s Coffee, in the Paul Meek Library, offers Seattle’s Best coffee and a variety of other drinks and pastries. Simply to Go, in Good Hall, sells gourmet sandwiches and other healthy items.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletic department is known as the Skyhawks. The Skyhawks compete in NCAA Division I-AA and the Ohio Valley Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rifle, rodeo, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, softball, cross country, equestrian, rodeo, tennis, and volleyball. The school colors are orange and blue.
Well-known University of Tennessee-Martin alumni include:
- Journalist and novelist Elizabeth Donald
- New Orleans Saints cornerback Fred Thomas
- Civil rights attorney Van Jones
- Washington Wizards point guard Lester Hudson
- Florida State Seminoles head basketball coach Pat Head Summitt
- President and CEO of Autozone William Rhodes
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