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The Chattanooga area offers a variety of higher education opportunities, with options for diverse degrees and certifications as well as competitive scholarships. These college communities are consistently recognized for their program offerings, award-winning campuses, and affordability.

Founded in 1886, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is a staple institute in the Scenic City’s education sector. Listed by U.S. News & World Report for a notable experiential learning environment, the campus is home to the renowned business school, the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, and features 95 undergraduate degree programs and 53 graduate degree programs.

Chattanooga State Community College is a nationally recognized public community college, with one of the top five nursing programs in the state, a 99% job placement rate, and more than $1 million in scholarships awarded each year. The college serves approximately 11,000 students at three locations in Chattanooga, Kimball, and Dayton. It also has an impressive 16:1 student-teacher ratio and boasts the largest applied technology, engineering technology, and health science programs in the state. Chattanooga State offers a variety of degrees and 50 career programs. The school also collaborates with Volkswagen and WACKER Chemical to provide students with hands-on training opportunities. 

The Chattanooga area also offers options for private, faith-based education. Lee University, a liberal arts college based in Cleveland, ranked No. 27 on the U.S. News & World Report’s top regional Southern universities for 2022. Collegedale’s Southern Adventist University ranked among the top 5% of racial and ethnic diversity nationwide according to College Factual’s 2021 diversity report. Southern Adventist has a variety of degrees to pursue, with 75 baccalaureate majors, 20 associate majors, and many other emphases, minor, and certificate programs.

Covenant College is another Christian liberal arts school in the area. Located atop the scenic Lookout Mountain, the school is known for its small classroom size, 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and for providing education for a large number of previously homeschooled students; in fact, 30% of undergraduates were once homeschooled. Tennessee Wesleyan University, a private Methodist college located in Athens, has more than 60 academic programs to choose from and an 84% job placement rate, while Dayton’s Bryan College offers more than 50 unique fields of study, including faith-based options. Strayer University, which opened its downtown Chattanooga campus in fall 2019, delivers both online and on-campus classes and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

Higher education has been a priority for the Tennessee State government. Former Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative continues with the goal to have 55% of Tennessee residents obtain a postsecondary certificate or degree. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission continues to support college readiness initiatives and invest in financial aid for students. This includes Tennessee Promise, a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students who attend college in the state. Advise TN continues to provide services to high school juniors and seniors to help them enroll in the postsecondary option where they are most likely to succeed, while SCORE is working to close opportunity gaps and promote the importance of higher education when it comes to careers.

 

Did You Know?

In 2021, Chattanooga State Community College launched a pilot program in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) that let all students and college employees ride the bus free through August. The school used $35,000 of its federal coronavirus relief funding on the project during a time when accessible transportation affected college graduation rates.

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Driving Success and Enhancing the Student Experience

The Chattanooga area offers a variety of higher education opportunities, with options for diverse degrees and certifications as well as competitive scholarships. These college communities are consistently recognized for their program offerings, award-winning campuses, and affordability.

Founded in 1886, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is a staple institute in the Scenic City’s education sector. Listed by U.S. News & World Report for a notable experiential learning environment, the campus is home to the renowned business school, the Gary W. Rollins College of Business, and features 95 undergraduate degree programs and 53 graduate degree programs. 

Chattanooga State Community College is a nationally recognized public community college, with one of the top five nursing programs in the state, a 99% job placement rate, and more than $1 million in scholarships awarded each year. The college serves approximately 11,000 students at three locations in Chattanooga, Kimball, and Dayton. It also has an impressive 16:1 student-teacher ratio and boasts the largest applied technology, engineering technology, and health science programs in the state. Chattanooga State offers a variety of degrees and 50 career programs. The school also collaborates with Volkswagen and WACKER Chemical to provide students with hands-on training opportunities.  

The Chattanooga area also offers options for private, faith-based education. Lee University, a liberal arts college based in Cleveland, ranked No. 27 on the U.S. News & World Report’s top regional Southern universities for 2022. Collegedale’s Southern Adventist University ranked among the top 5% of racial and ethnic diversity nationwide according to College Factual’s 2021 diversity report. Southern Adventist has a variety of degrees to pursue, with 75 baccalaureate majors, 20 associate majors, and many other emphases, minor, and certificate programs.

Covenant College is another Christian liberal arts school in the area. Located atop the scenic Lookout Mountain, the school is known for its small classroom size, 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and for providing education for a large number of previously homeschooled students; in fact, 30% of undergraduates were once homeschooled. Tennessee Wesleyan University, a private Methodist college located in Athens, has more than 60 academic programs to choose from and an 84% job placement rate, while Dayton’s Bryan College offers more than 50 unique fields of study, including faith-based options. Strayer University, which opened its downtown Chattanooga campus in fall 2019, delivers both online and on-campus classes and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

Higher education has been a priority for the Tennessee State government. Former Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative continues with the goal to have 55% of Tennessee residents obtain a postsecondary certificate or degree. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission continues to support college readiness initiatives and invest in financial aid for students. This includes Tennessee Promise, a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students who attend college in the state. Advise TN continues to provide services to high school juniors and seniors to help them enroll in the postsecondary option where they are most likely to succeed, while SCORE is working to close opportunity gaps and promote the importance of higher education when it comes to careers. 

 

Did You Know?

In 2021, Chattanooga State Community College launched a pilot program in partnership with the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) that let all students and college employees ride the bus free through August. The school used $35,000 of its federal coronavirus relief funding on the project during a time when accessible transportation affected college graduation rates.

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Students at Southern Adventist University

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University of Tennessee Chattanooga Library

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