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Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
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The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Rating: 3.3/5 (21 votes)

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Introduction

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is a public, four-year university in Chattanooga. It was founded in 1886 as Chattanooga University. Today, around 20,000 students attend the university.

Academics

UTC offers more than 140 majors and concentrations for undergraduates and 100 graduate programs. The university is known for having strong academic programs in business, nursing, engineering, accounting, chemistry, English, education, and psychology. It is also well known for its master’s program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and its advanced Physical Therapy and Computational Engineering degrees.

SimCenter

Chattanooga’s SimCenter is a National Center for Computational Engineering and houses one of the most powerful supercomputers on a university campus. SimCenter works on alternative energy research, providing opportunities for involvement for students interested in building their resumes in computational engineering, computer simulations, or alternative energy.

High School Academics

Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

UTC offers five optional mini-terms in the summer for students who wish to finish their degrees faster or take extra time to study a single topic intensively. The university also has a heavily-used exchange program with Kangnung National University of South Korea.

Admissions

Admissions to UTC are moderately competitive. Applicants are expected to meet a minimum standard of a 2.85 high school GPA or higher with a minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 870 or at least a 2.3 high school GPA and minimum ACT score of 21 or 990 SAT. Applicants should also have studied at least four years of English; one year of European history, world history, or world geography; three years of math, including algebra and geometry; two years of the same foreign language; two years of lab science; one year of visual or performing arts; and one year of American history.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Tennessee, UTC offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4863rd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Clubs and Organizations

There are dozens of student organizations on the UTC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.

Student publications include literary magazine Sequoya Review and newspaper University Echo. UTC also produces academic journals Education About Asia and Modern Psychological Studies, both of which provide valuable opportunities to students studying in those fields. UTC is also home to radio station WUTC and an online student station, The Perch.

Dining on Campus

The main dining facility at UTC is Crossroads Dining. It features an all-you-can-eat buffet of wood-fired pizza, international cuisine, and standard favorites. The dining hall is open from 7 AM to 8 PM weekdays and 11 AM to 7 PM weekends.

Living on Campus

Unlike most universities, UTC does not have any traditional dormitories; instead, all residences on campus are apartments. These facilities include:

Lockmiller Apartments, which include units with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for 6 students; units with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for 4 students; and units with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for 2 students

Boling Apartments, which include units with 4 bedrooms and 1 bath for 4 students

Johnson Obear Apartments, which includes units with 4 bedrooms and 1 bath for 4 students and units with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath for 3 students

Guerry Apartments, which includes units with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for 4 students and 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for 3 students

Decosimo Apartments, which includes units with 1 bedroom and 1 bath for 2 students and units with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths for 4 students

Stophel Apartments, which includes units with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath for 2 students and units with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths for 4 students

Walker Apartments, which includes units with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for 4 students

UC Foundation Apartments, which includes units with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for 4 students

Student Services

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.

Child Care

The UTC Children’s Center serves children of students, faculty, and staff on campus, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The Center accepts children from age 6 weeks to 4 years. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department at UTC is known as the Mocs and Lady Mocs. The Mocs and Lady Mocs compete in the NCAA Division I and the Southern Conference. Men’s teams include basketball, football, soccer, track and field, cross country, baseball, tennis, and wrestling. Women’s teams include basketball, softball, volleyball, golf, tennis, cross country, and track and field. Men’s basketball is the most popular sport at the school. The fight song is "Fight Chattanooga” and the marching band is the “Marching Mocs”. School colors are navy and old gold.

Alumni

Well-known University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumni include:

  • NBA basketball players Johnny Taylor, Gerald Wilkins, and Mindaugas Katelynas
  • Actor Hugh Beaumont, known for his role as Ward Cleaver on Leave it To Beaver
  • Army General Burwell Baxter Bell
  • Actor Dennis Haskins
  • Pro wrestler Pez Whatley
  • Professional golfer Gibby Gilbert

Bibliography

  • Admissions. Administration. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Web. 28 Sept 2011.
  • Apartments UTC Housing. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Web. 28 Sept 2011.
  • Childrens Center. Academics. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Web. 28 Sept 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Tennessee and 1033rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Tennessee and 411th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 15 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 36 0.31

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,015 0.60
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 24 0.01
Forcible Rape 36 0.02
Robbery 385 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,503 1.48
Larceny 7,338 4.34
Vehicle theft 794 0.47

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population3,846 (3,846 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,174 (1.84 people per house)
Median Household Income$20,282
Families393 (2.92 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4703

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 884th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,064 $6,064 $21,270
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,490 $1,490 $1,490
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $253 $253 $887
FT Graduate Tuition $7,272 $7,272 $22,478
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,490 $1,490 $1,490
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $404 $404 $1,249
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,530 $20,530 $35,736
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,530 $20,530 $35,736
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,240 $12,240 $27,446

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,718 $7,212 $6,718 $7,212 $20,252 $21,558
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,250 $8,300
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,142 $3,165
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,250 $8,300
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,142 $3,165
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,142 $3,165

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,628 (3,004 male / 4,624 female)
Admitted 5,917 (2,310 male / 3,607 female)
Admission rate 78%
First-time Enrollment 2,342 (1,004 male / 1,338 female)
FT Enrollment 2,335 (1,000 male / 1,335 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (4 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment11,674

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Conference

ACT Test Admission

791st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25

SAT Test Admission

539th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 6%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 940 / 1180

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,146
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,249
Board Fee$3,080

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 49 224 20 53 5 1,695 26 2,110
Accounting 1 1 15 17
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 10 12
Art Teacher Education 2 3
Art/Art Studies, General 2 16 1 20
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 16 1 18
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 7 1 8 1 65 85
Business Administration and Management, General 10 45 4 10 346 4 428
Chemical Engineering 3 9 12
Chemistry, General 1 3 9 24 39
Civil Engineering, General 14 14
Computer Science 1 4 15 20
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 16 18
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 15 2 1 64 85
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 6 7
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 15 1 85 2 105
Economics, General 14 1 16
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 15 17
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 2 1 1 22 29
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 21 24
Engineering, General 11 3 5 14 2 36
Engineering/Industrial Management 12 13 2 1 43 3 74
English Language and Literature, General 3 1 62 68
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 17 1 18
Environmental Science 23 24
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 3 5
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 18 19
Geology/Earth Science, General 6 6
History, General 1 1 1 32 35
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 11 12
Information Science/Studies 2 2
Interior Design 2 10 12
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 22 23
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 21 2 104 1 129
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 14 16
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 2 3
Mathematics, General 5 5
Mechanical Engineering 2 1 2 1 41 1 49
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education 2 3 5
Music, General 1 1 5 8
Nurse Anesthetist 1 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 7 7
Physical Therapy/Therapist 2 9 11
Physics, General 4 4
Political Science and Government, General 1 4 2 1 26 34
Psychology, General 2 30 3 3 114 2 155
Public Administration 2 1 8 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7 1 132 5 146
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 6 7
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 40 44
Social Sciences, Other 1 6 37 45
Social Studies Teacher Education 9 9
Social Work 5 5 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 1 20 24
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 10 1 1 50 1 64
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 2 1 13 1 17

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1354th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,853 ($76,438 male / $56,467 female)
Number of FT Faculty 465 (245 male / 220 female)
Number of PT Faculty 764
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $13,932,657
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