The University of Tennessee at Martin has seen an enrollment increase of 355 undergraduate students for the spring 2019 semester. The total undergraduate enrollment stands at 6,165 students as compared to 5,810 undergraduate students for the spring 2018 semester, representing a 6.1 percent increase. Total headcount, including both undergraduate and graduate-level students, is up 316 students (5.1 percent) compared to last spring.
“The increase is due in part to our retention efforts to keep students from the past two years’ increased freshman classes enrolled and working toward graduation requirements,” said Destin Tucker, director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The university also experienced a significant increase in the number of high school students earning college credit through UT Martin, with 580 more dual-enrollment students enrolled in courses this spring as compared to last spring. This represents a 96.3 percent increase in this particular category.
However, UT Martin’s full-time equivalency is down from spring 2018. This number is not based on headcount but rather on the total number of credit hours administered during a semester divided by 15 for undergraduate students and 12 for graduate students, which represents one full-time student in each category. This number plays a factor in determining state funding for the coming academic year.
“Two consecutive years of increased fall headcount enrollment contributed to the positive spring enrollment numbers that we’re now seeing,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor. “Our full-time equivalency is still not where it needs to be, but the trend toward more freshman students choosing to attend UT Martin as full-time students, combined with our retention efforts, will help improve this important number.”
For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.