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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, public, metropolitan university committed to providing a quality education at reasonable and affordable cost to students. UT Chattanooga offers a comprehensive range of accredited bachelor’s, master’s, and selected doctoral and post-graduate degrees and certificates. Degrees are awarded through our Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Engineering and Computer Science; and Health, Education and Professional Studies; and the UTC Graduate School.


Strong relationships in the Chattanooga region allow for numerous cooperative education, internship, clinical, and other experiential learning opportunities as well as applied research and partnership efforts.


Students remark on the pretty, collegiate appearance of the campus and applaud the interaction they find possible with their faculty. Students say the University is “a perfect size” and they love its location close to downtown and the stunning local scenery.


Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has borne the name of the city it serves. Today, UTC strives to meet the educational, intellectual, and cultural needs of the community, and be an integral partner in the future achievements of the region. The University combines the advantages of a strong private tradition with those of a state-assisted institution. With a total student enrollment of more than 11,600 students, UTC’s curricula combines strong grounding in the liberal arts with the applied professional programs essential to the economic vitality of the region.


The campus is assisted in its academic mission by The University of Chattanooga Foundation Inc. With endowments that exceed $100 million, the University and the Foundation support scholarships, professorships, and academic enhancement programs.


UTC has taken the land grant spirit and applied it in Tennessee and the surrounding region to effect positive social and economic change. As UTC looks to its future and the emerging needs of the metropolitan region, it will continue its commitment to quality education, excellent research, and dedicated service.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
10,315 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female
3% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
468 full-time faculty
276 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

32% of students live in college-owned housing.
68% of students live off campus.
UTC has a variety of housing, with a predominance of apartment style housing.

School Location

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Retention Fall 2014

70% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

40% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 11%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


UTC is a member of the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.  
Colors: Navy and Gold
Mascot: Scrappy Moc 
NCAA varsity sports for men: football, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, track and field and wrestling.

NCAA Varsity Sports for Women: basketball, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Club Sports:  Baseball, Bass Anglers, Climbing Club, Coed Ultimate Frisbee, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing Inline Hockey Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, Women’s Rugby, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Rowing, Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s Soccer, Men’s Rugby, Paddling/Kayaking, Racquetball, Sailing, Scuba, Swimming and Tennis.

Intramural Sports:  Badminton, Basketball, Bike Racing, Billiards, Cross Country, Flag Football,  Frisbee Golf, Racquetball, Indoor Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Tug of War, Water Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Canoe Racing, Tube a Derby and Dodge ball.

Other Information

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a 4-year, public metropolitan university with a range of graduate degrees. It is a primary campus in The University of Tennessee system. Originally founded as a private university in 1886, it merged and became part of the UT System in 1969.

The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All of the University’s degree programs have received full accreditation from their respective professional associations.

Academic Programs

Applied Mathematics (B.S.) [Concentrations: Actuarial Science, General], Art (B.A.), Art ( B.F.A.) [Concentrations: Graphic Design, Painting and, Drawing, 3-D], Art Education (B.S.), Biology (B.S.) [Concentrations: General, Ecology, Molecular, Organismal, Preprofessional], Business Administration (B.S.) [Concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, Industrial Management, Marketing], Chemistry (B.A.), Chemistry (B.S.) [Concentrations: Chemistry, Biochemistry], Communication (B.A.), Computer Science (B.S.) [Concentrations: Computer Engineering, Information Security and Assurance, Software Systems, Scientific Applications], Criminal Justice (B.S.), Early Childhood (B.S.) [Concentrations: Child and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education], Economics (B.A. and B.S.), Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.), Engineering (B.S.E.) [Concentrations: Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Industrial], Engineering Technology Management (B.S.) [Concentrations: Construction Management, Engineering Management], English & American Language & Literature (B.A.) [Concentration: Writing], Environmental Science (B.S.) [Concentrations: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Science, Geographic and Cartographic Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, Sociology-Anthropology], Exceptional Learning K-12 (B.S.), Foreign Languages (B.A.) [Concentrations: French, Greek and Latin, Latin, Spanish], Foreign Language Education (B.S.) [Concentrations: French, Greek, Latin, Spanish], Geology (B.S.) [Concentrations: Geology, Environmental Geology], Health and Human Performance (B.S.) [Concentrations: Exercise Science: Applied, Exercise Science: Preprofessional, Health and Exercise Science Pedagogy K-12, Nutrition: Dietetics, Nutrition: Food and Nutrition, Sport and Leisure Service Administration], History (B.A.), Humanities (B.A.) [Concentrations: International Studies, Women’s Studies], Interior Design (B.S.), Legal Assistant Studies (B.S.) [Concentrations: Legal Assistant Studies, Social Science], Mathematics (B.A.), Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.), Middle Grades Education (B.S.) [Concentrations: English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences], Music (B.A.), Music (B.M.) [Concentrations: Instrumental Performance, Theory and Composition, Vocal Performance], Music Education (B.M.) [Concentrations: Instrumental, Vocal Music], Nursing (B.S.N.), Philosophy and Religion (B.A.) [Concentrations: Philosophy, Religious Studies, Combined], Physics (B.S.), Political Science (B.S.) [Concentrations: American Studies, International and Comparative Studies, Legal Studies, Public Policy and Administration, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management], Psychology (B.A. and B.S.), Rehabilitation Science (B.S.) [Concentrations: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy], Secondary English (B.S.), Secondary Mathematics (B.S.), Secondary Natural Sciences (B.S.) [Concentrations: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics], Secondary Social Sciences (B.S.) [Concentrations: Economics, Geography, History, Political Science], Social Work (B.S.W.), Sociology and Anthropology (B.A. and B.S.) [Concentrations: Anthropology, Sociology], Theatre (B.A.), Theatre Education K-12 (B.S.)

More Distinctions

  • In 2008, UTC was selected for the Community Engagement Classification designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in both Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships.

  • Named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and climbing to Honor Roll with Distinction in 2013, the highest federal recognition a campus can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.

  • U.S. News and World Report named UTC a Best Value Regional University in its 2013 Best Colleges Guide. UTC was one of only three public universities in the South to receive this designation.

  • Consistently, UTC has ranked among the best colleges in the region by US News and World Report.

  • Princeton Review named UTC an outstanding business school.

  • UTC ranked among the top business schools in the nation for the 6th year in a row by Bloomberg Business Week.

  • UTC was also ranked among the Top Tier of Regional Master’s Universities in the South.

  • The campus was designated an urban arboretum by Tennessee Urban Forest Association and was designated 2011 Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation. 

  • UTC was selected to host the 2012 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ national conference.

  • UTC  consistently named a Military Friendly School, ranking in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide for veterans.

Engaged Students

At The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the faculty knows that education doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Students have ample opportunity to participate in co-ops, internships and study abroad, and serve and interact with the community. Because of its role as a community-engaged metropolitan university, the University received recognition from the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Students are encouraged to develop creative and critical thinking skills through programs such as Think Achieve, a comprehensive quality enhancement program.

Stretching beyond the traditional classroom, UTC encompasses the entire community as a learning laboratory, and students have a variety of opportunities for experiential learning. Strong relationships with the Chattanooga community allow for numerous cooperative educational, internship, volunteer, clinical, and other experiential learning opportunities as well as applied research and professional efforts.

Internships provide valuable work experiences and business contacts prior to graduation. Students have interned in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Center Program.  They have also interned with local law enforcement agencies and correctional agencies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA, Disney, TVA, Electric Power Board, Komatsu, Duracell, The Central Intelligence Agency and Volkswagen, to name a few of these partners.

Office of International Programs is the coordinating office for study abroad opportunities.  More than 50 study abroad and international exchange opportunities exist for students at UTC to learn and study abroad.  There are also additional programs where professors take groups of students into foreign countries to live and study.

UT Chattanooga student athletes achieve in the classroom, as well as on the fields of competition. In the past five years, Mocs athletes have earned 14 regular season and 18 Southern Conference championships. Just this year, Stephen Fox won the 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion for Golf, joining the ranks of such greats as Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. Mocs student-athletes set a school record with a 2.97 grade point average in spring 2012. UTC’s men’s cross country team had the top GPA in the nation at 3.81 and six programs finished in the top 25 in the nation. UTC had the most student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA in the Southern Conference.

Great Teaching

A hallmark of a UT Chattanooga education is outstanding instruction by a talented and committed faculty of teaching scholars. Small classes, personalized advising, and frequent opportunities to interact with faculty provide a student-oriented learning experience.

The goal of a UTC education is not just to educate students but also to prepare them to be productive members of a global society. “Students First” is the maxim by which educators at the University live. The University offers over 100 undergraduate degree programs and classes are kept relatively small. Over 90 percent of the faculty at UT Chattanooga have a Ph.D. or have completed a terminal degree within their discipline.

The philosophy behind the UTC general education curriculum stresses that graduates should have the knowledge and ability to think analytically, logically, creatively, reflectively and sensitively about the human condition and natural and abstract structures. They should be able to collect, process, interpret and use quantitative and qualitative information using up-to-date methods to define and defend viewpoints, solve problems and make decisions.  They should communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing and be able to participate in civil debate and collaborate on common tasks.

Academic advising is an important part of a student’s education. The advising process at UT Chattanooga goes beyond helping students choose the proper sequence of courses to meet their academic needs and interests and extends to career counseling and mentoring.

The Walker Center for Teaching and Learning is a resource for the entire teaching community at UTC. The center provides consultation and assistance to improve teaching and learning to integrate technology into the classroom.

A Challenger Learning Center on UTC’s campus provides opportunities for students of all ages to study math, science and technology and for teachers to participate in workshops.

Research facilities include the SimCenter, a national center for computational engineering.  The SimCenter has developed an international reputation for solving engineering problems through computer simulation and has worked with companies like NASA, U.S. Express, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. Students have the opportunity to assist professionals in research projects with significant implications for national defense and homeland security, as well as, those that benefit commercial industry.

Vibrant Communities

Through cooperative education assignments, internships and other learning opportunities, students at UT Chattanooga are educated in a learning laboratory. Students are able to make the connection between classroom theory and practical application and receive an education that prepares them for life.

The true college experience involves finding a balance between academics and activities outside the classroom. The University has over 120 student organizations, including 17 fraternities and sororities that offer opportunities for students to get involved. There is something happening on campus almost every night: Greek shows, guest speakers, concerts, plays, movies, intramurals, and athletic events.

If it is outdoor activity a student wants, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has much to offer. Within minutes, students can enjoy the mountains or the river. Biking, walking, rock climbing, white water rafting, hang gliding, fishing, caving, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all available close by. Outdoor Magazine’s readers named Chattanooga “the best town ever” for its recreational opportunities. Chattanooga has enjoyed a renaissance of revitalization along the riverfront that has expanded to include most of the downtown area. The Tennessee Riverwalk is a paved path that stretches for 13 miles along the Tennessee River and is linked to the University. The city of Chattanooga recently installed a public bike transit system which includes four stations on campus. Since the campus is located adjacent to downtown Chattanooga, students are within walking or biking distance to many excellent restaurants, unique shops, and attractions like the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Aquarium.

Blue Ridge Outdoors recently listed UTC as one of the best climbing schools because of the excellent climbing opportunities nearby and the 44 foot indoor climbing wall in the Aquatic Recreational Center. The newly finished ARC features not only this wall, but also a 13 foot indoor boulder, indoor track, indoor pool, lazy river with a kayak plunge pool, water slide, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, cardio and weight rooms, racquetball courts and hot tub. Students have automatic membership once their activity fee has been paid.

The vibrancy of the University is enhanced by guest speakers to the city. The Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series and The George T. Hunter Lecture Series bring internationally respected scholars and experts on current issues to campus to benefit the university and the community. Past speakers have included Nobel laureates, publishers, the President and vice presidents, presidents of foreign countries, a former Secretary of State and experts in all disciplines.

Successful Outcomes

UT Chattanooga graduates leave the University with more than a diploma; they leave with a desire to make a positive impact on their community. Through internships and community service, students earn practical real-world experience. Prominent employers from across the U.S. recruit on campus because they recognize the quality of a UTC degree. Graduates work in all 50 states, in 43 countries and on six continents.

UTC Placement and Student Employment Office at UTC holds career fairs, mock interviews and resume workshops to help students find meaningful employment during and after graduation.  The Alumni Career Mentor Program links successful alumni with current students and other alumni to provide career advice and networking opportunities.

In recognition of its outstanding quality, the School of Education at UTC has been named a participant in Teachers for a New Era, a program designed to strengthen K-12 teaching.  This program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Annenberg Foundation and The Ford Foundation.

The Center for Energy, Transportation and Environment in UTC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is a program of applied research working to develop technologies that utilize clean and secure sources of energy. Students have the opportunity to assist in the research of this global issue.

The Department of Chemistry grants Grote Chemistry Scholarships for freshmen majoring in Chemistry. These scholars are named in honor of Dr. Irvine W. Grote, who served as head of the department from 1941 to 1964 and is credited with being one of the developers of Rolaids and Bufferin. Former Grote Scholars have graduated to become successful in chemistry graduate schools, medical schools, law schools, pharmacy schools and the chemical industry.

The College of Business offers students the latest in cutting edge financial technology with 11 state-of-the-art Bloomberg trading terminals on a model trading floor, live CNN video feed and a streaming market ticker. Students receive the opportunity to become Bloomberg-certified before leaving school. The College of Business is ranked as a top business school in the nation by Business Week.

Chattanooga alumni are leaders in their communities and in the world. UTC graduates hold such esteemed positions as managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, a retired four-star general in the U.S. Army, former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, several professional football and basketball players, and an Emmy-winning actor.


Admissions Fall 2014

7,399 Total Applicants
5,718 Total Admissions
2,160 Total Freshmen Enrollment

77.28% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 600
SAT Math 460 580
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math 18 25
ACT English 21 27
ACT Writing    

Application Steps

1. Apply on line at 
2. Submit a non-refundable application fee 
3. $30-$35 depending upon student type Send high school transcript 
4. Take SAT or ACT and have scores sent to UTC.


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,430 $22,548
Fees $1,708 $1,708
Total $8,138 $24,256
Room and Board (on campus) $8,110 $8,110
Room Only $4,910 $4,910
Board Only $3,200 $3,200
Estimated Total On Campus $16,248 $32,366


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

97% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
60% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$7,564 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$5,269 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


To be considered for UTC Scholarship funds, all accepted students must complete the UTC Online Scholarship Application.  First-Time Freshmen should apply for scholarships within 3-5 days of their acceptance by UTC Admissions. Students must complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online to receive the Tennessee Lottery HOPE Scholarship.

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