2018 // Higher Education

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UTC’s future campus plans include a brand new $100 million Health Science Center to accommodate the growth of nursing, health and human performance, biology, geology, and environmental science programs, as well as other health professions.

In Chattanooga and the surrounding area, institutes of higher education offer diverse, reputable degrees with competitive scholarships. Many of these colleges and universities are recognized time and time again for their top academic programs and beautiful campuses.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with four academic colleges, awards undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. U.S. News & World Report listed UTC as the 21st best public university in the South for 2018. The university has also been ranked as the 32nd best college for veterans and was named a 2017-18 College of Distinction by the College of Distinction Guide.  UTC’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program was recently named the best in Tennessee, and UTC’s Business School has been consistently recognized among the top in the nation as well. UTC is one of a few universities in the country to provide students with 10 gigabit internet access.

Chattanooga State Community College offers three campus sites, seven academic divisions, and a variety of accredited associate degrees and accelerated, specialized programs.  Students can also 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. In addition, the school’s new culinary arts program continues to grow, attracting students 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 Collegedale, Tennessee, has been identified as a “Top Tier” institution by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years. The university offers 86 baccalaureate majors and 15 associate majors, along with 11 post-graduate programs. 

Lee University, deemed one of the most affordable Christian colleges in the nation by Christian Universities Online, returned to the “Top Tier” of 2018’s Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report. Covenant College, a Christian liberal arts college, is ranked among the top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report and sits atop Lookout Mountain. Tennessee Wesleyan University, a Judeo-Christian liberal arts school in Athens, was named 15th Best Regional College in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Bryan College is a liberal arts institution in nearby Dayton, Tennessee, offering  undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. The college plans to introduce a four-year engineering program at the start of the 2018 school year. Just an hour from Chattanooga, Sewanee – University of the South ranks in the top 50 liberal arts colleges nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Enrollment in higher education is a top priority for Governor Bill Haslam, evident in his Drive to 55 initiative and its goal to have 55% of students obtain a college degree or certificate by 2025. To meet this challenge, Tennessee Promise was established to provide two years of college tuition at no cost to students at any of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or any eligible institution offering an associate degree program. Tennessee Reconnect Act was implemented to encourage working adults  to attend a community college tuition-free. Advise TN, launched in 2016 at $2.4 million, placed additional college counselors in public schools across the state, helping students to make informed decisions about their future.

Chattanooga Higher Education; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus

(above) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Photo Courtesy of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga/Taylor Slifko


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 West 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 B-38
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. 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 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’s 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 percent job placement rate.

Chattanooga Higher Education; Southern Adventist University students walking to class

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


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 20 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.


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 and aesthetics for licensure and employment in their chosen field. Franklin Academy has partnered with Matrix, AlfaParf, Salon Service Group, & 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 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 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.

Chattanooga Higher Education; Chattanooga State Community College nursing students

(above) Chattanooga State Community College, courtesy of Chattanooga State Community 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, criminal justice, dental assisting, and surgical technology programs. Diplomas are available for medical clinical assistant, cosmetology, dental assisting, massage therapy, and medical billing and coding programs. Certificate programs include esthetics and nail technology. Short-term programs include commercial driving, 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.


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 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 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 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.


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. 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, 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.

Chattanooga Higher Education; Bryan College Students

(above) Bryan College, courtesy of Bryan College