2019 // Higher Education

Chattanooga’s Higher Education Institutions Help Foster Success

Throughout the Chattanooga area, institutes of higher education offer a wide range of degrees and are consistently recognized for their top academic programs. These vibrant collegiate communities, large and small, are deeply committed to student success.


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has four academic colleges and awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition to earning the 23rd spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of top public schools in the South, UTC has received the distinction of Best-Performing University in the state – in connection with the Complete College Tennessee Act – for four years in a row. UTC’s Business School has been consistently recognized among the top in the nation as well. As UTC looks toward the future, almost a half-billion dollars are being invested in building renovations and construction projects across campus. New undergraduate programs, such as the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s mechatronics engineering technology and computer engineering degrees, were also added in 2018.

With three campus sites and seven academic divisions, Chattanooga State Community College serves approximately 10,000 students by offering a variety of accredited associate degrees and accelerated, specialized programs. Students can benefit from the college’s partnerships with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), WACKER, Volkswagen, Tennessee Building and Construction, and Erlanger Health System, as the school provides employer-specific curriculum. 

Several faith-based private universities in the area are considered among the best in the country. In Collegedale, Southern Adventist University offers 86 baccalaureate majors, 15 associate majors, and 11 post-graduate programs. The university has been identified as a “Top Tier” institution by U.S. News & World Report for 17 consecutive years.

Lee University, ranked #47 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of top Southern universities for 2019, is often recognized for its affordability and outstanding music program. Atop scenic Lookout Mountain, Covenant College is a Christian liberal arts college that enjoys one of the highest freshman retention rates in the country. Tennessee Wesleyan University, a Judeo-Christian liberal arts school in Athens, was named among the South’s best value schools for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report. Dayton-based Bryan College, a liberal arts school, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees for the price of one. And just an hour from Chattanooga, Sewanee – University of the South ranks in the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Enrollment in higher education is a priority for the state of Tennessee, evident in former Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative. The goal, to have 55% of Tennesseans obtain a certificate or degree by 2025, is on pace to be met two years early. Two college scholarship programs, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, help students further their studies by offering tuition-free education and last-dollar scholarships, respectively. Meanwhile, the Advise TN program helps students across the state to enroll in a postsecondary option where they will likely find success, whether at a four-year university, community college, or Tennessee College of Applied Technology.   

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus exterior Starbucks students walking

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students using technology in class

(above) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, photos courtesy of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga/Photo by Angela Foster


820 Broad St., Suite 200
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423.265.7784 | chattanooga.belhaven.edu

Founded in 1883, Belhaven University produces graduates who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all areas of their lives. The Chattanooga Adult Studies Campus offers a convenient way for working adults to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees. Classes meet one evening a week and are taught in a supportive, Christian environment. Online programs are also available. With a long and productive history as an evangelical Christian institution, Belhaven University has sought to fulfill the mission expressed in its motto, “To serve, not to be served.”


Tallan Financial Center Building
200 W. MLK Blvd., Suite 1032
Chattanooga, TN 37402
877.4BETHEL | bethelsuccess.net

Since 1842, Bethel University has been helping students reach their educational goals, as well as their intellectual, social, and spiritual potential. Students can earn associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees online or by attending classes one night per week at the new Chattanooga campus. Bethel University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.



721 Bryan Dr.
Dayton, TN 37321
423.775.2041 | bryan.edu

Located in Dayton, Tennessee, Bryan College is a Christian liberal arts school that seeks to educate students to become servants of Christ. Approximately 1,400 students study more than 40 major areas of concentration. In addition to Bryan’s main campus programs, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees are offered in Chattanooga and online for working adults. Qualified graduates of both programs are eligible to earn a tuition-free master’s degree upon graduation. Bryan is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, holds membership in the International Assembly for College Business Education, and is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International for Teacher Education, Certification, and Licensure.



248 Northgate Mall Dr., Suite 130
Chattanooga, TN 37415
423.624.0078 | chattanoogacollege.edu

Chattanooga College offers associate degrees in applied science in computer networking
technology, dental assisting, medical assisting, medical office administration, and criminal justice. Chattanooga College also offers diplomas/certificates in high-demand fields such as practical nursing, cosmetology, aesthetics, and nail technician. The college has been recognized for its outstanding placement rate, and the LPN program has a 100% pass rate for 2018.  Chattanooga College also provides corporate, group, and individual training on Microsoft products and CISCO networking systems. Chattanooga College has a satellite location at 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite B-38.



4501 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
423.697.4400 | chattanoogastate.edu

Founded in 1965, Chattanooga State is a regionally accredited comprehensive community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents System serving a 13-county area with credit programs that can lead to various associate degrees and technical certificates. The TN College of Applied Technology division offers one-year diploma and certificate programs. Tennessee Transfer Pathway programs allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree without losing credits. Using Tennessee Promise, recent high school graduates can attend community or technical college tuition-free. Through Tennessee Reconnect, adults, 24 and older without a college degree, can also attend community or technical college at no cost. Enjoying the largest engineering technology, health science, and applied technology divisions in the statewide system, as well as strong corporate training to help provide a highly trained, skilled technical workforce, Chattanooga State has a 96% job placement rate.


Southern Adventist University aerial view campus Chattanooga

Southern Adventist University students walking on campus Chattanooga

(above) Southern Adventist University, photos courtesy of Southern Adventist University



3535 Adkisson Dr.
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.472.7141 | clevelandstatecc.edu

Founded in 1967, Cleveland State Community College is an accredited public community college, operating within the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents. They serve approximately 3,500 credit students and 1,500 non-credit students, offering associate degrees in science, arts, and applied science, along with 24 technical certificates. Cleveland State’s student body comes from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and the average age is 28 years old. In addition to the offerings on the main campus, Cleveland State has offices and classrooms in Athens and Monroe County and offers classes throughout their service area of Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe, and Polk counties.



14049 Scenic Hwy.
Lookout Mtn., GA 30750
706.820.1560 | covenant.edu

Founded in 1955, Covenant College is the college of the Presbyterian Church in America. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Covenant is currently the higher education choice for students from 44 different states and 25 foreign countries. The college offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with biology, business, English, psychology, and education among the most popular majors. Covenant’s student-to-teaching faculty ratio of 13 to 1 provides opportunities for in-depth educational experiences. Eighty-four percent of Covenant’s undergraduate students live on the picturesque Lookout Mountain campus. Adhering to the motto “In all things Christ preeminent,” Covenant prepares students to serve others as instruments of Christ and to value all kinds of work. Covenant is ranked as a top-tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report.


Chattanooga State Community College campus signage Chattanooga State Community College fans cheering

(above) Chattanooga State Community College, photos courtesy of Chattanooga State Community College



1605 Professional Park Dr. NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.476.3742 | franklinacademy.edu

Franklin Academy is a private nonprofit institution with a mission to train students in cosmetology and aesthetics for licensure and employment in their chosen field. Franklin

Academy has partnered with Matrix, AlfaParf, Salon Service Group, and Bella Lash. These partnerships give students access to professional products, educational programs, and product experts from the world’s #1 professional hair color, eye lash extensions, and hair care brands. Matrix offers dedicated education, scholarship programs, career guidance, mentorship, and reward support. Franklin Academy trains students in the art and science of hair and skin and provides the necessary skills required to become a stand-out in the field of cosmetology or aesthetics in Tennessee.



1120 N. Ocoee St.
Cleveland, TN 37311
800.LEE.9930 | 423.614.8000

Lee University is a private, comprehensive university with more than 5,100 students, located in Cleveland, Tennessee. Lee provides a liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment, with more than 100 degree programs among its six colleges: arts and sciences, music, education, business, nursing, and religion. Lee also offers online degrees through its Division of Adult Learning. Its growing reputation for academic excellence can be seen in the high caliber faculty and students drawn to its campus. Founded in 1918, Lee is ranked among the nation’s best colleges by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Lee University is a member institution of the Appalachian College Association, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Tennessee Association for Independent Colleges and Universities. Several of its individual programs such as business, music, and education carry national accreditation.



6397 Lee Hwy., Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423.510.9675 | miller-motte.edu

Miller-Motte Technical College was founded in 1916 and has operated in the Chattanooga area since 2002. At Miller-Motte Technical College, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in business
administration, criminal justice, or surgical technology. Diploma programs are available in medical clinical assistant, cosmetology, dental assisting, massage therapy, and medical billing and coding. Certificate programs in esthetics technology and CDL training are also available. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 


Bryan college lion statue campus facade near Chattanooga

(above) Bryan College, photo courtesy of Bryan College



1815 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404
423.266.4574 | richmont.edu

Richmont Graduate University is a Christ-centered education and research institution committed to equipping graduates who function at the highest professional levels of clinical counseling and vocational ministry. The university offers fully accredited graduate degree programs from its School of Counseling and School of Ministry, with the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling holding the highest accreditation available in its field (CACREP). Richmont strives to provide a strong community, real life training, and approachable educators equipped to bring life and experience into every setting. With campuses in Chattanooga, Atlanta, and online, Richmont strives to enhance a culture of higher education and innovation.



4881 Taylor Cir.
Collegedale, TN 37363
423.236.2000 (main) | 800.768.8437
(admissions) | southern.edu

Tracing its history in the Chattanooga area to 1892, Southern Adventist University was established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and provides educational programs for associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in a variety of areas, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing. Some degrees are available entirely online. Popular areas of study among its approximately 3,200 students include nursing, business, education, and social work. The university stresses Christian values, academic excellence, community service, and a balanced lifestyle, branding itself with the tagline “Power for Mind & Soul.” Southern consistently earns top-tier ranking from U.S. News & World Report, and the university’s award-winning archaeology museum, wellness center, and mountain bike trails are open to the public. Southern is an integral component
of the Chattanooga area, with an annual economic impact approaching $200 million.



204 E. College St.
Athens, TN 37303
423.745.7504 | tnwesleyan.edu

Founded in 1857, Tennessee Wesleyan University is dedicated to helping students live a meaningful life. Offering more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs, students prepare for in-demand careers in industries like business, science, health professions, and education. Faculty and staff mentor students as they realize their full potential through holistic and transformational learning experiences in the classroom, the field, and the community. The main campus is centrally located in Athens, with easy access to the surrounding area. Instructional sites in Knoxville and Cleveland provide convenience to students in the nursing and management excellence programs. In addition to the main and instructional sites, some programs are offered online. No matter where a student chooses to take their classes, they will find learning experiences and a supportive community to help them grow personally and professionally.



615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
423.425.4111 | utc.edu

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was founded in 1886 as Chattanooga University and became a campus of the University of Tennessee system in 1969. Over its more than 130-year history, UTC has grown to an enrollment of almost 12,000 students pursuing degrees in more than 140 undergraduate majors and nearly 100 graduate programs. Degrees are offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Engineering and Computer Science; and Health, Education, and Professional Studies. Almost a half-billion dollars of renovation and new construction projects are underway on 12 existing or new buildings on campus. More than $325 million in construction has recently been completed or is in progress, and another $148 million is in the planning stages. UTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and holds memberships in numerous associations and councils. Ranked among the top Southern regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, UTC has been recognized for its Gary W. Rollins College of Business and named a College of Distinction, a Best Choice University for Veterans, and was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal honor a university can receive for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga girl blowing bubbles on campus

(above) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, photo courtesy of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga/Photo by Angela Foster

Did You Know?

In 2018, Gary Rollins and his wife, Kathleen, provided UTC with its largest philanthropic gift to date: $40 million. Rollins is a 1967 business graduate of the university, and the Gary W. Rollins College of Business has since been renamed in his honor.