2017 // Higher Education

Did You Know?
Before UTC joined the University of Tennessee network in 1969, it was known as Chattanooga University. Founded in 1886 by the Methodist Episcopal Church and the local community, UTC was a private university for 83 years.


highered-chattstate; students holding signs at Chattanooga State Community College

Throughout the Chattanooga Area, institutes of higher education offer numerous degrees, and many of these local colleges and universities are consistently recognized as top academic institutions. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with four academic colleges, provides undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees. It is one of the few colleges and universities in the nation to provide its students with 10 gigabit internet access.  In 2015, the university celebrated the addition of a new $48 million campus library that includes an advanced media studio, more than 200 computers, and 37 study rooms. UTC’s SimCenter is a nationally recognized center for Applied Computational Science and Engineering.  Recently, U.S. News & World Report listed UTC as the 21st best public university in the South in 2017. The university has also been ranked as the 36th best college for veterans  and was named a 2016-2017 College of Distinction by the Colleges of Distinction guide. UTC’s Business School has been consistently recognized among the top in the nation as well.

Chattanooga State Community College offers seven academic divisions, four campus sites, and a variety of accredited associate degrees and accelerated, specialized programs. Students can also benefit from the college’s partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), WACKER, Erlanger Health System, Tennessee Building and Construction, and Volkswagen, as the school provides employer-specific curriculum. In addition, a new culinary school offers classes for those interested in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

Several faith-based private universities in the area are consistently recognized among the best in the country. Southern Adventist University in nearby Collegedale, Tennessee, has been ranked as a “Top-Tier” school by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years.  The university offers 81 undergraduate degrees, 15 associate degrees, and 15 post-graduate degrees.


Lee University, named the most affordable Christian university in the nation by Christian Universities Online,  consistently ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top-Tier” universities in the South. Covenant College, a Christian liberal arts college located atop Lookout Mountain, is consistently ranked in the “Top-Tier” national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Tennessee Wesleyan College, a Judeo-Christian liberal arts school located in Athens, Tennessee, was named 16th Best Regional College in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Bryan College, an evangelical Christian community with campuses in Chattanooga, Dayton, and Knoxville, Tennessee, offers more than 40 major areas of concentration. Just an hour from Chattanooga is Sewanee – University of the South, which ranks in the top 50 liberal arts colleges nationally, by U.S. News & World Report. 

Enrollment in higher education is a top priority for Governor Bill Haslam. His Drive to 55 Alliance encompasses several initiatives. Tennessee Reconnect is a program that helps adults achieve a postsecondary degree or credential. Tennessee Promise provides students with tuition and fees not covered by the Pell Grant, HOPE scholarship, and state student assistant funds. Tennessee Promise covers the cost of two years of post-secondary education and can be used at any of the state’s 19 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or any eligible institution offering an associate degree program.  Advise TN, the governor’s $2.4 million advising program, placed additional college counselors into 30 public high schools across the state in 2016, so more students have the chance to pursue higher education.



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.”

6397 Lee Hwy., Suite 100
Chattanooga, TN 37421
877.4BETHEL | bethelsuccess.net

Bethel University was founded in 1842 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Bethel offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees for busy, working professionals. Classes are offered online or one night per week at the new Chattanooga campus. Bethel’s mission is to create opportunities for adult learners to develop their intellectual capabilities through academic coursework and application in order to attain their success and the success of those they represent. Bethel University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; the accreditation is awarded to only the finest schools in the South.

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. Current enrollment is approximately 1,600 students studying in more than 40 major areas of concentration and pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to Bryan’s main campus programs, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees are offered in Chattanooga and online for working adults. 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 rate of successful post-graduate job placements with 95.8 percent of its students finding employment in appropriate fields (Tennessee Higher Education Commission 2013-2014). Chattanooga College also provides corporate, group, and individual training on Microsoft products and CISCO networking systems. The college was originally founded in Chattanooga in 1968 as the Electronic Computer Programming Institute. Chattanooga College has a satellite location at 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite E-3.


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

Founded in 1965, Chattanooga State Community College is a comprehensive, public community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents System offering associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees. Thanks to its diverse service area population, the college maintains a high market penetration (fall enrollment of more than 10,000 students), a wide breadth of curriculum, and marked impact on the business-industrial-professional community of Southeast Tennessee. Chattanooga State boasts the largest engineering technology, health science, and applied technology divisions in the statewide system, as well as strong corporate training activity in the region. The college serves a six county service area, including Hamilton, Rhea, Sequatchie, Marion, Bledsoe, and Grundy counties as well as bordering counties in North Georgia and Alabama.

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 46 different states and 22 foreign countries. The college offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with English, education, biology, business, and community development among the most popular majors. Covenant’s student-to-teaching faculty ratio of 13 to 1 provides opportunities for in-depth educational experiences. Eighty-one 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.

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

Franklin Academy is a private nonprofit institution whose mission is to train students in Cosmetology, Manicuring, and Aesthetics for licensure and employment in their chosen field. Franklin Academy is a Matrix Affiliated Academy. This partnership gives students access to professional products, educational programs, and product experts from the world’s #1 professional hair color and hair care brand. Matrix offers dedicated education, scholarship programs, career guidance, mentorship, and reward support. Franklin Academy trains students in the art and science of hair, skin, and nails and provides the necessary skills required to become a stand-out in the intriguing field of Cosmetology, Nail Technology, or Aesthetics in Tennessee.

1120 North 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 five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Music, Education, 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, criminal justice, dental assisting, electronic medical records, medical assisting, and surgical technology programs. Diplomas are available for the clinical office assistant, cosmetology, dental assisting, massage therapy, medical billing and coding, and medical office assistant programs. Certificate programs include esthetics and nail technology. Short-term programs include CDL, phlebotomy, and certified nursing assistant. The college is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The medical assisting and surgical technology programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

1208 Pointe Centre Dr. #220
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423-822-5950 | upgradingpeopleeveryday.com

Serving businesses and individuals in the Chattanooga area for more than 20 years, New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Chattanooga offers career and corporate training solutions that turn ambitions into marketable skills and business goals into tangible results. New Horizons is an authorized training partner for many top technology vendors, such as Microsoft, VMware, CompTIA, Cisco, Adobe, Citrix and more. In addition to IT training, New Horizons provides training on common office applications, project management, business skills, and professional development. New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Chattanooga offers the latest authorized curriculum delivered by certified instructors to keep students and employers on the cutting edge of technology. With more than 300 centers in 60 countries, New Horizons is the world’s largest independent IT training company.

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.

highered-southernadventist; College students at Southern Adventist University


4881 Taylor Circle
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 doctorate 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 East College St.
Athens, TN 37303
423.745.7504 | tnwesleyan.edu

Tennessee Wesleyan University strives to help students be more. With more than 30 undergraduate majors and a graduate program, TWU provides a wide range of studies to help each student achieve his or her individual dream. Faculty, staff, and students combine to form a community of learning, dedicated to the advancement of the university and all students. Through strong academic programs, service-learning opportunities, student organizations, and athletics, TWU helps students become enlightened servant leaders who believe in serving others, pursuing knowledge, and leading by example. TWU’s main campus in Athens provides a park-like setting, with easy access to downtown Athens and the surrounding area, while the satellite locations in Knoxville and Cleveland provide convenience to students in nursing and management excellence degree completion programs. At all three instructional sites, TWU provides individualized attention and support for every student, helping each one to be more.

highered-utc; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football game


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

A primary campus of the University of Tennessee (UT) system, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) was founded in 1886 as Chattanooga University and in 1969 merged with the UT system. During its more than 125- year history, UTC has grown to an enrollment of almost 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in a broad spectrum of disciplines. In recent years, the university has embarked on a major expansion program with the construction of new on-campus housing, a state-of-the-art engineering building, a new recreation center, and a 21st century research and learning library. With more than 140 undergraduate majors and 50 minors, UTC also offers 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, as well as the UTC Graduate School. The university 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 business school 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.

721 Eastgate Loop
Chattanooga, TN 37411
423.893.2000 | vc.edu

Virginia College in Chattanooga offers fast-track career programs that allow graduates to be successful in some of the most rapidly growing job fields. Students may choose from program areas such as business, culinary, health and medical, office administration, and cosmetology. The school opened in Chattanooga in 2006 and is located on Eastgate Loop Road. Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and provides day or evening class schedules, instructors with real-world experience, and hands-on labs. Professionally equipped kitchens, and salon teaching facilities are like those that graduates will find in the workplace.