Martin, Tennessee (TN) Colleges and Universities

While there is only 1 school in Martin, TN, there are a few additional schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most program variety and lowest student-faculty ratio, to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

The small city of Martin, Tennessee, has just 1 school option -- a 4-year university -- available to aspiring college students. However, those willing to drive close to 25 miles to nearby McKenzie have a couple more institutions to choose from. These include another university as well as a 2-year college. There's a lot to consider when trying to select a school to attend, and this article highlights some of the factors that may play a role in students' education decisions. The 3 schools described above are compared and then ranked in the following categories:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

A school that has many programs available can be attractive to prospective students who are still looking to find a field of focus. The following schools in and around Martin, TN, are ranked here according to the most program options offered.

1 - The University of Tennessee - Martin

The University of Tennessee - Martin is a 4-year university that is located in Martin, TN. The school was ranked 44th on the list of best southern regional universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. With roughly 65 programs available, this school offers bachelor's and master's degree programs. The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) stated that 1,250 awards were conferred in 2011-2012. In that same period of time, the most popular educational areas were business, education and multi/interdisciplinary studies.

2 - Bethel University

Bachelor's and master's degree programs can be found at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN. This 4-year, private not-for-profit university offers around 41 programs to students. According to the NCES, the most popular programs in 2011-2012 were in business-related fields. Nearly 1,100 degrees were awarded that year, split about evenly between the bachelor's and master's levels.

3 - Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie

The Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie in McKenzie, TN is a 2-year school with around 16 programs; certificates requiring 1-2-years and 2-4 years are the only credentials offered here. Business-based and repair technology programs are among this school's most popular programs. Almost 150 certificates were handed out during 2011-2012.

Lowest Net Price

According to the NCES, a school's average net price is determined by deducting the average amount of financial aid given to students from the total cost of attendance. In 2010-2011, the net costs for the Martin area colleges ranged from roughly $8,000 up to about $16,000. The net costs and rankings for traditional schools in and around Martin are shown below.

1 - Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie

The average net price reported by the NCES for the Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie was $7,667 in 2010-2011. For 2012-2013, tuition and fees alone were $4,853. The estimated room and board costs for off-campus living totaled $7,088. While there weren't any students loans reported for students at TTC - McKenzie, 99% of all students enrolled in 2010-2011 received grant or scholarship aid.

2 - The University of Tennessee - Martin

The NCES reported that this school's average net price for 2010-2011 was $7,773. In-state undergraduate students going to the University of Tennessee - Martin paid $17,893 in total expenses while living on campus in 2012-2013, and out-of-state undergraduate students living on-campus paid $31,049 in total expenses, which include room, board, tuition, fees, books, supplies and other expenses. In 2010-2011, 75% of undergraduate students received financial aid, with the average amount being $7,527. According to U.S. News & World Report, 33.5% of students had their financial needs fully met in 2011.

3 - Bethel University

Bethel University's average net price in 2010-2011 was $15,846, as detailed by the NCES. Undergraduate students paid $14,520 for tuition and fees in 2012-2013, and undergraduate students living on-campus paid an additional $8,164 for room and board. Off-campus room and board costs were estimated at $7,594. Of the undergraduate students enrolled in 2010-2011, 79% received financial aid, and the average award was $4,935. Roughly three-quarters of Bethel students took out federal loans as well; the average amount borrowed was $4,279.

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines overall graduation rates by calculating the percentage of students who graduate from their program within 150% of the 'normal' estimated completion time. With graduation rates ranging from 32% to 75%, here's how the Martin area schools compare to one another.

1 - Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie

The NCES reports a graduation rate of 75% for students who began their education at Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie in 2008-2009. Of the students who started their program in 2008-2009, 55% completed their program within the 'normal' suggested program length. The NCES also estimated that 76% of full-time and 100% of part-time students who enrolled for the first time in Fall 2010 came back for in Fall 2011.

2 - The University of Tennessee - Martin

The overall graduation rate for students who enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at this school in 2005 and finished within 6 years was 48%. Half of those students (24% of the cohort) finished within 4 years. Out of the students who began a bachelor's degree program in Fall 2010, the NCES reports that 73% of full-time and 50% of part-time students returned for the Fall 2011 session.

3 - Bethel University

The graduation rate for Bethel students who started a bachelor's degree program in Fall 2005 was reported by the NCES as 32%. An estimated 12% of students who started at that time graduated in 4 years. The retention rate for full-time students who started a program in Fall 2010 and came back for their second year in Fall 2011 was 62%.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

A school with a low student-faculty ratio means that there is an increased likelihood for individual instructor training and small class sizes. The three Martin area traditional schools are all tied with the same student-faculty ratio, as reported by the NCES in Fall 2011.

1 - Bethel University

Bethel University has a student population of 5,440 and an 18:1 student-faculty ratio. The NCES shows that 124 full-time and 254 part-time instructional faculty members were employed in Fall 2011.

1 - Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie

Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie had the area's smallest student population in 2011. With 208 students enrolled and 11 faculty members (10 full-time and 1 part-time), the NCES reports that this school has an 18:1 student-faculty ratio. All faculty members filled instructional roles.

1 - The University of Tennessee - Martin

Along with 33 graduate assistants, there were 285 full-time and 211 part-time faculty members working at the University of Tennessee - Martin in Fall 2011. With 7,910 students enrolled, this school's student-faculty ratio was reported as 18:1 by the NCES. U.S. News & World Report states that about 51% of this school's classes had 20 or fewer students.

Martin, TN, Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Programs Offered Area Ranking
Bethel University McKenzie, TN (25.1 miles from Martin, TN) 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's and master's degrees Tied for Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Most Program Variety,
3rd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate
Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie McKenzie, TN (25.7 miles from Martin, TN) 2-year, public 1- to 2-year certificates and 2- to less than 4-year certificates Lowest Net Price,
Highest Graduation Rate,
Tied for Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
3rd Most Program Variety
The University of Tennessee - Martin Martin, TN 4-year, public Bachelor's and master's degrees Most Program Variety,
Tied for Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio,
2nd Lowest Net Price,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate

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