KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A rising national reputation and "the best freshman KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A rising national reputation and "the best freshman
class in our history" made 1995 an outstanding academic year for the UT,
said Vice Chancellor John Peters.

The 1994-95 freshman class had the highest ACT score, grade-point

average and percentage of students in the top 10 percent of the class,

Peters said Jan. 5.

"The ACT increase from 22.9 in 1994 to 23.4 this fall was a remarkable

increase," Peters said.

The increase is due to our rising national reputation as a good buy in
value, relative to the quality and costs of an education, and to the
university's new Bicentennial Scholarship program, Peters said. The
increase in scholarships enabled UTK to accelerate its recruitment of
outstanding students.

"We had a 20 percent increase in the freshman class and a tremendous

increase in the number of applications," he said. "In other words,
we're

becoming more selective relative to the number of students we can
admit."

The 1995 achievements, Peters said, included:

Jennifer Santoro
winning a Rhodes Scholarship.

The Masters of
Business Administration team winning the African-American case study
awards, beating such schools as the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology.

Dr. Gerald Mahan,
a physics professor, being elected to the National

Academy of Sciences.

In 1996, Peters said, UT will review its undergraduate curriculum to ensure
everything in that curriculum will help to produce an educated citizen for
the new age.

Also, the university will continue its accelerated recruitment of
outstanding high school students, he said.

In addition to UT's freshman ACT scores rising sharply in 1995, the
ACT

scores at UT-Martin and UT-Chattanooga also were up.