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.