2020 // Higher Education

Chattanooga State Community College

Priming Students for Further Success


The Chattanooga area is home to numerous higher education institutions that offer students access to top academic programs with an array of degree options. These energetic campuses have become engrained in the community and work to bolster attendees’ skills and knowledge.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) provides students with an experiential learning environment where they can obtain a degree from various bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. The university has claimed a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of national universities and has a renowned business school, the Gary W. Rollins College of Business. UTC ranks within the top 10 public universities in the nation for awarding merit-based financial aid to out-of-state students. Early last year, the school launched UT Promise and made a commitment to provide free tuition to in-state students with a family household income of less than $50,000. UTC is also investing money back into its facilities, with recent renovations and improvements including structural updates to the fine arts building, Guerry Center, and Holt Hall. The university even announced a $22 million project in late 2019 that aims to renovate and expand its football and athletic training facilities.

Chattanooga State Community College offers a variety of associate degrees and accelerated and specialized programs. The college boasts an 18 to 1 student-teacher ratio and a 98% job placement rate. In addition, 98% of students who apply for various licensures are able to obtain them. To achieve these rates, Chattanooga State teams up with powerhouse businesses in the area, such as Volkswagen and WACKER, to provide its students with hands-on programs and curriculum.

Private, faith-based universities can also be found throughout the Scenic City, some of which are recognized nationally. Lee University, which has approximately 5,000 enrolled students, has appeared in lists such as U.S. News & World Report’s A+ For B Students, Best Value School, Best Colleges for Veterans, and Best Colleges for Undergraduate Teaching.

Meanwhile, Southern Adventist University, situated on 1,300 acres in Collegedale, was deemed the most diverse regional university in the South by U.S. News & World Report in its 2020 listings.

Christian liberal arts school Covenant College, located atop Lookout Mountain, offers 29 undergraduate programs alongside two graduate options.Tennessee Wesleyan University features more than 30 undergraduate and graduate programs and a student body of roughly 1,000, while Dayton-based Bryan College, a liberal arts school, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees for the price of one. New to Chattanooga is Strayer University, which opened its downtown campus in fall of 2019. Strayer delivers both online and on-campus classes and offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

Enrollment in higher education is a priority for the state of Tennessee, evident in former Governor Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative – a goal to have 55% of Tennesseans obtain a certificate or degree by 2025. Two college scholarship programs, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, help students further their studies by offering discounted or tuition-free education to students in need. 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.


Did You Know?

In 2019, Chattanooga State Community College became the first educational institution in Tennessee to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. This accreditation was awarded due to the college’s commitment to raise awareness about pollinators and expand their habitats.

Belhaven University*

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 campus offers a convenient way for working adults to earn undergraduate or graduate degrees. Programs are offered in multiple flexible formats including classroom-based and online options. Classes are taught in a supportive, Christian environment. Belhaven University seeks to fulfill the mission expressed in its motto, “To serve, not to be served.”

Bryan College*

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.



Chattanooga College Medical Dental & Technical Careers

5600 Brainerd Rd., Suite B-38, Chattanooga, TN 37411

423.305.7781 | 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 248 Northgate Mall Dr., Suite 130.

Chattanooga State Community College

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 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 98% job placement rate.



Cleveland State Community College

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. It serves 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.



Covenant College*

14049 Scenic Hwy., Lookout Mtn., GA 30750

706.820.1560 | covenant.edu

Founded in 1955, Covenant College is an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Covenant enrolls students from 44 different states and 25 foreign countries. The college offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs with biology, history, English, psychology, and education among the most popular majors. Covenant’s student-to-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. The mission of Covenant College is to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things, with an emphasis on educating Christians to engage culture and cultures, to examine and unfold creation, and to pursue biblical justice and mercy in community. Covenant is ranked as a top-tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report.



Franklin Academy

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, eyelash 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.

Lee University*

1120 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN 37311

800.LEE.9930 | 423.614.8000 | leeuniversity.edu

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.



Miller-Motte Technical College

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, 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.    



Richmont Graduate University*

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. 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.

Southern Adventist University*

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 3,000 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 of approximately $200 million.



Tennessee Wesleyan University*

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.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga*

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. UTC enrolls almost 12,000 students 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 planned. UTC is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral/Professional University, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of numerous associations and councils. Named one of the nation’s Top 10 public universities for merit-based aid to out-of-state students by U.S. News & World Report, UTC also is among U.S. News’ top Southern regional universities. 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 commitment to service learning and civic engagement.


*Also offers graduate programs