The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga


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.


Information Summary

Ranks 21st in Tennessee and 844th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 82.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $23,614
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 27 / 1210
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 21 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 73% / 36%
Enrollment Total (all students) 11,638


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.


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.

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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 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

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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


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.


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


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  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

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