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University of Tennessee at Martin

The University of Tennessee at Martin is one of the campuses of the University of Tennessee system. Other campuses include those in Knoxville, the Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, Chattanooga, and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The college offers several major bachelor degree programs including interdisciplinary studies, business, health professions, agriculture, recreation, and fitness. UT Martin was started in 1900, as the Hall-Moody Institute in Martin, Tennessee, a Baptist junior college. As the school was found to be in danger of closing in 1927, area political and civic leaders asked the state of Tennessee to step in and operate the school under the auspices of the University of Tennessee. The school was renamed University of Tennessee Junior College and operated under this name, until 1951. The college was again renamed as the University of Tennessee Martin Branch after adding four-year fields of study leading to a bachelor's degree. It was designated as a primary campus of the UT system in 1967, and given its current name - University of Tennessee at Martin. Owing to its rural location, the main focus of UT Martin has been on undergraduate studies in education and agriculture. The college also offers several other courses, especially in the liberal arts, business, and engineering. The college also conducts an active ROTC program, and a school of nursing. UT Martin also has a small graduate school, with most graduate degrees being conferred in the field of education. The school grew greatly in the post-World War II era under the influence of the G. I. Bill of Rights, and again in the 1960s when U.S. Army draft deferrals were made available to those attending college full time. The school had almost as many entering freshmen in 1969, as it had overall students in 1961. It was the first campus in the University of Tennessee system to practice racial desegregation. The university’s athletic teams, known as the "Skyhawks," participate in the Ohio Valley Conference.