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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Enrollment of first time students from Middle Tennessee at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville has increased sharply since 1991.

     UT-Knoxville officials said Monday headcount enrollment of freshmen from Middle Tennessee is 896 students, an increase of 282 or 50 percent in six years.

     Of all Middle Tennessee counties, Williamson had the largest enrollment gain with 198 freshmen at UT-Knoxville this fall — up 83 percent from 1991.

     Enrollment from West Tennessee, by comparison, is up 194 students or 59 percent. East Tennessee was unchanged in the six years.

     UT-Knoxville Chancellor Bill Snyder said much of the Middle Tennessee enrollment gain can be attributed to increased recruiting efforts in the area.

     “Our admissions office is working hard to recruit the top students from Middle Tennessee,” Snyder said, “and our reputation as a place where students can get a quality education at an affordable price also is making a difference.”

     Snyder said new scholarship programs make UT-Knoxville more attractive to outstanding students.

     In 1992-93 UT-Knoxville awarded scholarships worth $4,487,768 to 3,391 students. This past year, 1996-97, the campus awarded $5,993,087 to 4,146 students.

     “We are fortunate to be able to offer more, better scholarships than we could five years ago,” Snyder said. “The average award last year was $1,445.”

     Other Middle Tennessee counties with large enrollment gains during the period included: Maury, up 24 students or 600 percent; Montgomery, up nine or 30 percent; Rutherford, up 21 or 77 percent; Sumner up 14 or 31 percent; and Wilson, up 29 or 47 percent. Davidson was up 20 or 10 percent.

     Total enrollment of first time freshmen by grand division: West Tennessee, 519; Middle Tennessee, 896; and East Tennessee, 1,635.


 Contact: Dr. Bill Snyder (423-974-3288)