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Driving Success and Enhancing the Student Experience

In and around the Scenic City, institutes of higher education are offering a wide range of reputable degrees with competitive scholarships. These vibrant college communities are consistently recognized for their top-tier academic programs, affordability, and beautiful campuses.

Claiming a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of national universities, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) offers an experiential learning environment and awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Its renowned business school, the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, is an accredited member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Three additional academic colleges, as well as an Honors College – recently selected as one of the Top 40 nationwide by Inside Honors 2020-2021 , round out UTC’s undergraduate offerings. The university has worked to expand its online offerings over the past year, and it has also invested in a series of renovation projects around campus, including Lupton Hall, Fletcher Hall, and the Fine Arts Center, with upcoming plans to construct the Wofford Family Athletics Center, a 70,000-square-foot addition to McKenzie Arena.

Chattanooga State Community College serves approximately 10,000 students at three locations in Chattanooga, Kimball, and Dayton by offering a variety of accredited associate degrees and accelerated, specialized programs. Chattanooga State is known to have the largest applied technology, engineering technology, and health science programs in the statewide system, and it boasts an impressive 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio and a 97% job placement rate. Additionally, Chattanooga State teams up with powerhouse businesses in the area, such as WACKER and Volkswagen, to provide students with hands-on programs and curriculum. In 2020, the school was one of 10 community colleges in the country to earn National Leader College status. 

Private, faith-based universities can also be found throughout the area. Among them is Cleveland-based Lee University, a liberal arts school which ranked #33 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional universities in the South for 2021. Located on 1,300 acres in Collegedale, Southern Adventist University is ranked among the most diverse universities in the South and has 64 baccalaureate majors, as well as associate majors and graduate degrees. 

A Christian liberal arts school, Covenant College enjoys a high first-time student retention rate and scenic views atop Lookout Mountain. Founded in 1857, Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens features more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs, while Dayton’s liberal arts institution Bryan College is set to add a nursing program to its list of offerings in fall of 2021. Opening a downtown Chattanooga campus in 2019, newcomer Strayer University delivers both online and on-campus classes and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

The Tennessee State government has made higher education a priority in recent years, beginning with former Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative – a goal to have 55% of Tennesseans obtain a postsecondary certificate or degree; as of 2019, 43% of citizens had earned a credential. Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission are continuing the work by supporting college readiness initiatives, such as mentorship programs and intrusive advising; investing in financial aid for students, including the Tennessee Promise last-dollar scholarship, which helps cover tuition and fees not covered by other scholarships and grants.

Did you know?

Residence halls aren’t just for sleeping! UTC students have created sensory rooms in seven residence halls across campus. These calming spaces, filled with low-level lighting, weighted blankets, bean bag chairs, and fidget toys, are meant to reduce stress and anxiety while helping students get focused and re-engage.

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Driving Success and Enhancing the Student Experience

In and around the Scenic City, institutes of higher education are offering a wide range of reputable degrees with competitive scholarships. These vibrant college communities are consistently recognized for their top-tier academic programs, affordability, and beautiful campuses.

Claiming a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 list of national universities, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) offers an experiential learning environment and awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Its renowned business school, the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, is an accredited member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Three additional academic colleges, as well as an Honors College – recently selected as one of the Top 40 nationwide by Inside Honors 2020-2021 , round out UTC’s undergraduate offerings. The university has worked to expand its online offerings over the past year, and it has also invested in a series of renovation projects around campus, including Lupton Hall, Fletcher Hall, and the Fine Arts Center, with upcoming plans to construct the Wofford Family Athletics Center, a 70,000-square-foot addition to McKenzie Arena.

Chattanooga State Community College serves approximately 10,000 students at three locations in Chattanooga, Kimball, and Dayton by offering a variety of accredited associate degrees and accelerated, specialized programs. Chattanooga State is known to have the largest applied technology, engineering technology, and health science programs in the statewide system, and it boasts an impressive 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio and a 97% job placement rate. Additionally, Chattanooga State teams up with powerhouse businesses in the area, such as WACKER and Volkswagen, to provide students with hands-on programs and curriculum. In 2020, the school was one of 10 community colleges in the country to earn National Leader College status. 

Private, faith-based universities can also be found throughout the area. Among them is Cleveland-based Lee University, a liberal arts school which ranked #33 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional universities in the South for 2021. Located on 1,300 acres in Collegedale, Southern Adventist University is ranked among the most diverse universities in the South and has 64 baccalaureate majors, as well as associate majors and graduate degrees. 

A Christian liberal arts school, Covenant College enjoys a high first-time student retention rate and scenic views atop Lookout Mountain. Founded in 1857, Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens features more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs, while Dayton’s liberal arts institution Bryan College is set to add a nursing program to its list of offerings in fall of 2021. Opening a downtown Chattanooga campus in 2019, newcomer Strayer University delivers both online and on-campus classes and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

The Tennessee State government has made higher education a priority in recent years, beginning with former Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative – a goal to have 55% of Tennesseans obtain a postsecondary certificate or degree; as of 2019, 43% of citizens had earned a credential. Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission are continuing the work by supporting college readiness initiatives, such as mentorship programs and intrusive advising; investing in financial aid for students, including the Tennessee Promise last-dollar scholarship, which helps cover tuition and fees not covered by other scholarships and grants.

Did you know?

Residence halls aren’t just for sleeping! UTC students have created sensory rooms in seven residence halls across campus. These calming spaces, filled with low-level lighting, weighted blankets, bean bag chairs, and fidget toys, are meant to reduce stress and anxiety while helping students get focused and re-engage.

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Students at Southern Adventist University

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University of Tennessee Chattanooga Library

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Lee University Orchestra

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