MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin is listed for the ninth consecutive year among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. UT Martin is one of three public Tennessee higher education institutions listed.
“Throughout the economic difficulties that America has experienced in the last decade, the University of Tennessee at Martin has continued to provide the high-quality educational opportunities and low costs that drive opportunity for students and fuel prosperity for the communities of Tennessee,” said Lewis Lindsey Jr., IRE president.
To be considered for the designation “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” an institution must be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees. The institution must also offer full residential facilities, including residence halls and dining services.
Additionally, the institution must have had an entering freshman class in fall 2013 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen. Also, the out-of-state cost of attendance in 2014-15 for three quarters or two semesters must be below the national average cost of attendance or not exceed the national average cost by more than 10 percent.
“UT Martin continues to earn and receive recognition for educational value,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. “High-quality academic programs offered at a reasonable cost make UT Martin stand out in a competitive higher education marketplace.”
The recognition follows two listings announced in recent months. In August, The Princeton Review named the university among the “Best in the Southeast” for 2015. The list is part of the company’s website feature “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” posted at PrincetonReview.com. UT Martin has been included in this listing for 12 consecutive years.
Then in September, UT Martin continued in the top tier for southern master’s level universities in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The university was also ranked for the first time among southern regional institutions in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category.
PHOTO CAPTION: UT Martin is listed for the ninth consecutive year among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” a listing compiled by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. The university is one of three public Tennessee higher education institutions listed. Students are pictured in front of the University Village Apartments.