University of Tennessee Chattanooga

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School Overview

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), is a public institution that was founded in 1886. The university offers over 100 bachelor’s programs and 40 master’s degree programs. UTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and began offering accredited doctoral programs in 2003. Since then, research opportunities have been blossoming on campus, bolstered by the recent generous Lupton Renaissance Fund, dedicated to providing world-renowned scholars and state-of-the-art technology to UTC.

UTC focuses on providing practical education that prepares its students for the challenges and opportunities they will face in the career market following graduation. There are four colleges in the university, the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Engineering and Computer Science; and the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies. The school also offers a number of distance learning degrees and certificate programs for those who need the flexibility of online learning.

The most popular degree programs at the school include business administration and management, education, health services and allied health sciences, psychology, and parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies. The school is relatively selective, accepting around 76% of applicants who apply.


UTC boasts a robust athletics program, including a wide range of NCAA I conference sports that are competitive and engaging for all students. The “Mocs” (short for mockingbirds), compete fiercely in a variety of sports, including women’s and men’s basketball, baseball, softball, golf, track and field, and cross country. Their teams consistently rank highly among Southern Conference teams and often compete in national tournaments.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

More than 75% of the student body at UTC receives some form of financial assistance. The University has a number of institutional, endowed, and departmental scholarships. The Chattanooga Yes! Program and the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship funds offer significant, if not full, tuition rewards for Tennessee residents that performed well during high school.

Student Housing/Campus Life

UTC boasts some of the nicest student living accommodations in the state university system, recently constructing new apartments in 2004. There are a variety of living arrangements available, including suites, two bedroom apartments, and four bedroom apartments. UTC is proud to offer 24-hour campus police patrols and an on-campus escort service to ensure student safety. Many other programs geared towards enhancing student life are also available, including on-campus tutoring, over 120 extracurricular activities and groups, as well as 17 sororities and fraternities.

General Information

Admission Office

615 McCallie Avenue

Dept 5105

Chattanooga, TN 37403

(423) 425-4662

(800) 882-6627

Fax: (423) 425-4157

Contact: Yancy Freeman

Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions
Main Address

615 McCallie Avenue Dept 4654

Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598

(423) 425-4111

Total undergrads: 8,405

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,083

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,232

Graduate enrollment: 1,402


Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 62%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $5,062 $5,310 $5,656 $6,062 +7.18%
Books and Supplies $950 $1,000 $1,000 $1,400 +40.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,555 $8,100 $8,190 $8,290 +1.22%
Other $3,032 $3,032 $3,092 $3,122 +0.97%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $16,599 $17,442 $17,938 $18,874 +5.22%
In-state Off Campus $6,012 $6,310 $6,656 $7,462 +12.11%
In-state with Family $6,012 $6,310 $6,656 $7,462 +12.11%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $5,890
In-state Student Fees $1,150
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $18,204
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,150

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,950 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,847 89% $13,545,686 $7,334
• Federal grants 548 26% $2,241,438 $4,090
• Pell grants 548 26% $1,884,261 $3,438
• Other federal grants 473 23% $357,177 $755
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,721 83% $8,775,561 $5,099
Institutional grants or scholarships 563 27% $2,528,687 $4,491
Student loan financial aid 820 40% $4,256,993 $5,191
• Federal student loans 816 39% $4,068,313 $4,986
• Other student loans 25 1% $188,680 $7,547

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1293 407 52 20
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 56
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 56
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 313 107
Accounting 11
Business Administration and Management 313 96
Communication and Journalism Programs 51
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 51
Computing and Information Sciences 14 7
Computer Science 14 7
Education 60 120 11 20
Art Teacher Education 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 7
Educational Leadership and Administration 4 11
Elementary Education and Teaching 39
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 13
Foreign Language Teacher Education 1
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 13
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 6
Secondary Education and Teaching 47
Social Studies Teacher Education 12
Special Education and Teaching 4 16
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 20
Engineering 64 16 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 11
Engineering 29 16
Mechanical Engineering 24
Systems Engineering 1
Engineering Technology 6 23
Engineering/Industrial Management 6 23
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 38 20
English Language and Literature 38 20
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 17
Foreign Languages and Literatures 17
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 82 55 40
Athletic Training/Trainer 17
Physical Therapy/Therapist 11 40
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 71 38
History 20
History 20
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 54 7
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 54 7
Human Services 19 21
Community Organization and Advocacy 6
Public Administration 21
Social Work 13
Legal and Law Studies 21
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 9
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 9
Mathematics and Statistics 6
Applied Mathematics 6
Natural Resources and Conservation 20 5
Environmental Science 20 5
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 81
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 81
Physical Sciences 41
Chemistry 32
Geology and Earth Science 5
Physics 4
Psychology 111 24
Psychology 111 24
Social Sciences 82
Economics 5
Political Science and Government 43
Social Sciences, Other 34
Visual and Performing Arts 40 2
Art/Art Studies 24
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 3
Interior Design 5
Music 8 2
Work and Family Studies 88
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 88

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Biomedical Informatics C

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications C
Computer Science B
Web/Multimedia Design C


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering/Industrial Management B,C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies C

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Medical Records Administration C
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy and Religion B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B
Non-Profit Management C
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B
Sociology and Anthropology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (423) 425-4111
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 615 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 11,651
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 45%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,597 (48% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,656
Out-of-state Tuition: $25,774
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,151

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 122
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 4761
Engineering 1611
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 111
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 512
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 111
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 112
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 1444213

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,656
Out-of-state $25,774
Books and supplies $1,400

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,270
Out-of-state $18,334

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,185 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,150 96% $9,151
Student loan aid 1,121 50% $5,995

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,578 74% $7,675
Federal student loans 4,799 47% $6,061

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 8,129 3,146 4,983
Percent admitted 100% 81% 83%
Percent admitted who enrolled 28% 30% 28%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 11,651
Undergraduate enrollment 10,297
Graduate enrollment 1,354

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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