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The University of Tennessee-Martin

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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

Library Resources

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4831st for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Services

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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  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.
  • Scholarship Links. Financial Aid. University of Tennessee Martin. Web. 28 Sept 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 17th in Tennessee and 883rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 128th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.05
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.15
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 11 0.14

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 40 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 3 0.03
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 62 0.54
Larceny 230 1.99
Vehicle theft 3 0.03

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4708

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1144th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,336 $6,336 $20,280
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,171 $1,171 $1,171
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $264 $264 $845
FT Graduate Tuition $7,560 $7,560 $21,492
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,164 $1,164 $1,164
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $487 $487 $1,261
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,509 $18,509 $32,453
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,387 $21,387 $35,331
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,619 $13,619 $27,563

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,716 $7,049 $6,716 $7,049 $19,126 $20,205
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,600
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,424 $5,594
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,564 $3,650
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $7,676
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,470
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $4,470

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,640 (1,519 male / 2,121 female)
Admitted 2,791 (1,178 male / 1,613 female)
Admission rate 77%
First-time Enrollment 1,308 (603 male / 705 female)
FT Enrollment 1,301 (600 male / 701 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (3 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment7,423

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Ohio Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

792nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 75%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,354
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,780
Board Fee$2,930

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1867th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,845 ($66,086 male / $57,394 female)
Number of FT Faculty 281 (157 male / 124 female)
Number of PT Faculty 372
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $8,905,981

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