University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is one of the five universities in the UT system. Established in 1886 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, UTC is organized into five academic colleges and schools. Through its academic departments, UTC grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in numerous fields of study. Popular majors include Business Administration, Education, Psychology and Kinesiology, and the university promotes experiential hands-on learning for its students. African-American students desegregated the campus 50 years ago, and these alumni were recently honored in a series of special events on campus. Current African-American students promote racial pride and diversity through the Black Student Alliance, which also promotes scholarship, leadership and civic duty. UT Chattanooga is dedicated to meeting the needs of each student. It is UTC’s mission to provide its students excellence in teaching, research and service.

Location: Chattanooga, TN

Type of Institution: Four-year, public research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $3,606

     • Out-of-State: $10,779

Size: 11,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 11%

Percentage of Men: 45%

Percentage of Women: 55%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Health Education and Professional Studies, Graduate School

Housing: On-campus housing-provided: residence halls, apartments


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Iota Phi Theta

     • Others: Black Student Alliance, National Pan-Hellenic Council

Famous Black Alumni/Faculty: Terrell Owens

City Life: Tourist city, Lake  Winnepesaukah, Ruby Falls, Rock City, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, shopping (Northgate, Hamilton Place Mall), Warner Park Zoo, museums (Bessie Smith Hall, Discovery Museum), art galleries, IMAX theater, Chattanooga Aquarium, outdoor festivals (RiverBend, Bessie Smith Strut) dining, Coolidge Park, Walnut Street Bridge, riverfront