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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Motto Faciemus
Motto in English
We shall achieve
Established 1886
Type Public university
Endowment $112.97 million[1]
Chancellor Steve Angle
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 11,429
Postgraduates 1,364 (graduate, pre-professional, doctoral)
Location Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Campus Urban, 321 acres (1,300,000 m2) (1,947,436 Gross Square Feet)[2]
Colors Navy and Gold[3]
Athletics NCAA Division ISoCon
Nickname Mocs
Mascot Scrappy the Mocking Bird
Affiliations UT System
Website .edu.utcwww

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, (variously called UT-Chattanooga, UTC, or Chattanooga)[4] is a public university located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. The University is one of three universities and two other affiliated institutions in the University of Tennessee System (UT System); the others being in Knoxville, Martin, Memphis, and Tullahoma.


  • History 1
  • Administration 2
  • Student Government Association of UTC 3
  • Academics 4
  • Colleges and acdemic departments 5
  • Media and publications 6
  • Research 7
  • Campus 8
    • Academic buildings 8.1
    • Patten Chapel 8.2
    • Library 8.3
  • Notable alumni, students, and faculty 9
  • Athletics 10
  • Athletic venues 11
  • University nickname 12
  • Fight song 13
  • Band 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16


UTC was founded in 1886 as the then-private Chattanooga University, which was soon merged in 1889 with the Athens-based Grant Memorial University (now Tennessee Wesleyan),[5] becoming the Chattanooga campus of U.S. Grant Memorial University.[6][7] In 1907, the university changed its name to University of Chattanooga. In 1969, the university merged with Zion College, which was established in 1949 and became Chattanooga City College in 1964, to form The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as part of the UT System.[8]


UTC uses the semester system, with five optional "mini-terms" in the summer. The leadership of the campus rests upon the chancellor, who answers to the UT System President. The University is currently headed by Chancellor Dr. Steve Angle.[9]

Student Government Association of UTC

A voice for student leadership on campus, the SGA consists of senators representing districts/the college they belong to, such as the College of Arts and Sciences.


Chattanooga is best known for its nationally ranked Ph.D. programs in Computational Engineering and Physical Therapy. In an effort to expand the horizons of its student body, UTC recently began an exchange program with Kangnung National University of Kangnung, South Korea.

Colleges and acdemic departments

  • College of Arts & Sciences
    • Department of Art
      • Art Education, B.S.
      • Art, B.A.
      • Art: Painting and Drawing, B.F.A.
      • Art: Sculpture, B.F.A
      • Art: Graphic Design, B.F.A.
      • Art: Photography and Media Art, B.F.A.
      • History of Art Minor
    • Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences
      • Environmental Science, M.S.
      • Biology: General Biology, B.S.
      • Biology: Preprofessional, B.S.
      • Biology: STEM Education, B.S.
      • Environmental Science: Biology, B.S.
      • Environmental Science: Chemistry, B.S.
      • Environmental Science: Engineering Science, B.S.
      • Environmental Science: Geographic and Cartographic Sciences, B.S.
      • Environmental Science: Geology, B.S.
      • Environmental Science: Mathematics, B.S.
      • Environmental Science: Sociology-Anthropology, B.S.
      • Biology Minor
      • Environmental Science Minor
      • Geographic Information Science Minor[13]
    • Department of Chemistry
      • Chemistry: Biochemistry, B.S.
      • Chemistry: Chemistry, B.S.
      • Chemistry: STEM Education, B.S.
      • Chemistry Minor
    • Department of Communication
      • Communication, B.A.
      • Communication Minor
    • Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Assistant Studies
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.C.J.
      • Criminal Justice, B.S.
      • Legal Assistant Studies, B.S.
      • Criminal Justice Minor
      • Legal Assistant Studies Minor
    • Department of Economics
      • Economics, B.A.
      • Economics, B.S.
      • Economics Minor
    • Department of English
      • English, M.A.
      • English and American Language and Literature, B.A.
      • English and American Language and Literature: Creative Writing B.A.
      • English and American Language and Literature: Rhetoric and Professional Writing, B.A
      • English: Creative Writing Minor
      • English: Literature Minor
      • English: Writing Minor
    • Department of History
      • History, B.A.
      • History Minor
    • Department of Integrated Studies
      • Integrated Studies: Integrated Studies, B.I.S.
      • Integrated Studies: Professional Studies, B.I.S.
    • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies: Humanities, Women's Studies and University Studies
      • Humanities: International Studies, B.A.
      • Humanities: Liberal Arts, B.A.
      • Humanities: Women’s Studies, B.A.
      • Africana Studies Minor
      • Asian Studies Minor
      • Humanities Minor
      • International Studies Minor
      • Latin American Studies Minor
      • Women’s Studies Minor
    • Department of Mathematics
      • Mathematics, M.S.
      • Applied Mathematics: Actuarial Science, B.S.
      • Applied Mathematics: General Mathematics, B.S.
      • Applied Mathematics: STEM Education, B.S.
      • Mathematics, B.A.
      • Mathematics Minor
    • Department of Military Science
      • ROTC Military Science and Leadership Program
    • Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
      • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: French, B.A.
      • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Greek and Latin, B.A.
      • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Latin, B.A.
      • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Spanish, B.A.
      • Classics Minor
      • French Minor
      • German Minor
      • Greek Minor
      • Latin Minor
      • Spanish Minor
    • Department of Music
      • Music, M.M.
      • Music, B.A.
      • Music: Instrumental Music Education, B.M.
      • Music: Instrumental Performance, B.M.
      • Music: Theory and Composition, B.M.
      • Music: Vocal Music Education, B.M.
      • Music: Vocal Performance, B.M.
      • Music Composition Minor
      • Music History Minor
      • Music Performance Minor
    • Department of Philosophy and Religion
      • Philosophy and Religion, B.A.
      • Philosophy Minor
      • Religious Studies Minor
    • Department of Physics, Geology, and Astronomy
      • Geology, B.S.
      • Geology: STEM Education, B.S.
      • Physics, B.S.
      • Physics: Biophysics, B.S.
      • Physics: STEM Education, B.S.
      • Geology Minor
      • Physics Minor
    • Department of Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management
      • Public Administration, M.P.A.
      • Political Science, B.S.
      • Political Science Minor
      • Public Administration and Nonprofit Management Minor
    • Department of Psychology
      • Psychology, M.S.
      • Psychology, B.A.
      • Psychology, B.S.
      • Psychology Minor
    • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography
      • Sociology and Anthropology: Anthropology; Sociology, B.A.
      • Sociology and Anthropology: Anthropology; Sociology, B.S.
      • Anthropology Minor
      • Geography Minor
      • Sociology Minor
    • Department of STEM Education Program
      • STEM Education: Applied Mathematics, B.S.
      • STEM Education: Biology, B.S.
      • STEM Education: Chemistry, B.S.
      • STEM Education: Computer Science, B.S.
      • STEM Education: Engineering, B.S.E.
      • STEM Education: Geology, B.S.
      • STEM Education: Physics, B.S.
    • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga: Department of Theatre and Speech
      • Theatre, B.A.
      • Drama Minor
      • Speech Minor
      • Theatre Minor
    • Department of Brock Scholars Program[14]
      • Brock Scholars Program
  • College of Business[15]
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science[16]
  • College of Health, Education & Professional Studies[17]

Media and publications

  • University Echo – Student newspaper [18]
  • Moccasin – Student yearbook [19]
  • Education about Asia – Educational magazine
  • Sequoya Review – Literary magazine [20]
  • Modern Psychological Studies – Journal published by the Department of Psychology
  • WUTC
  • The Perch – Student-run online radio station[21]


  • SimCenter is UTC's computational engineering and simulation center. In November 2005, SimCenter was listed as the 89th most powerful supercomputer by Top500.[22] On November 20, 2007, the University announced the center has been named a National Center for Computational Engineering. More recently, The SimCenter provided the academic research for a new source of alternative energy unveiled by Bloom Energy Corporation in Sunnyvale, California.[23]


The University is served by CARTA bus routes 4, 7, 10, 14, 19, and 28. Route 14 only operates on weekdays during fall and spring terms, when the University is session. The route runs on and off the campus on McCallie, Houston, Vine, Douglas, Fifth, and Palmetto Streets. A recent extension serves Third, O'Neal, and Central Streets, as well as Erlanger Hospital, and a large parking lot at Engel Stadium. All students showing valid University identification cards (MocsCards) ride for free on all CARTA routes, year-round.

Academic buildings

Note: Dates of construction given when known

Founder's Hall
  • Administration Building – mailroom, parking services, motor pool and university police department
  • Brenda Lawson Student Athlete Success Center – Scheduled to open in August 2008, the center will house the Wolford Family Strength and Conditioning Center and the Chattem Basketball Center
  • Bretske Hall – Formerly the university cafeteria, prior home of the Geology Department
  • Brock Hall – Foreign languages, geography, anthropology, history and sociology departments.
  • Challenger Center – The widow of Dick Scobee, a Challenger astronaut, donated the building in her husband's memory. This educational simulation includes different space missions with project completed from mission control and a space station.
  • Cadek Hall (pronounced "SHODD-ik") – Home to the Cadek Conservatory, UTC Choral Department, and WUTC radio.
  • Davenport Hall – Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Physical Therapy Departments
  • Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Building (EMCS)
  • Fletcher Hall – (1939) Business Administration and Political Science departments. From 1939 to 1974, Fletcher housed both the local public library and the university library
  • Founders' Hall – (1916) Chancellor's offices, University Relations
  • Frist Hall – Disability Resource Center, MoSAIC Program, Communication Department, Student Support Services. Once part of the Chattanooga metro hospital complex
  • Grote Hall (pronounced "GROW-tee") – (1968) Chemistry and physics departments
  • Guerry Hall (pronounced "GEH-ree") – Houses admissions, honors program and reading room, Economics Department
  • Holt Hall – Biology, English, philosophy, psychology, and religion departments
  • Hooper-Race Hall – (1916) Records and registration, financial aid, and human resources departments. Recently, Hooper Hall reopened after a lead and asbestos abatement project
  • Hunter Hall Education Department
  • Lupton Library – (1974) see below
  • Metropolitan Hall – Nursing department. Formerly housed the Chattanooga Metropolitan Hospital
  • Old Math Building – Demolished in the late 1990s.
  • President's House – Development (fundraising) Department
  • Patten House – (1893) Located in the Fort Wood National Historic District. Home of the Alumni Affairs Department.
  • Dorothy Patten Fine Arts Center – (1980) Houses the Dorothy Hackett Ward theatre, the
  • University Center – Bursar's Office, and Student areas include a computer lab, a recreation and game room, offices, main cafeteria, bookstore, classrooms and auditoriums; administrative areas include meeting rooms, administrative offices for the student development division, counseling and career planning, women's center, student placement and employment and cooperative education and Bursars Office
  • University Hall – (1886) "Old Main." Demolished in 1917

Patten Chapel

Patten Chapel
  • Patten Chapel is one of the busiest sanctuaries in Chattanooga. Mostly weddings and memorial services are held there. A bride's room has been prepared and is always ready. Reserving the chapel should be done around a year in advance as its popularity sees events almost every weekend. Wedding receptions are not hosted at the chapel.


The Lupton Memorial Library, named for T. Cartter and Margaret Rawlings Lupton, was constructed in 1974 to replace the aging John Storrs Fletcher Library (which has since been restored and renamed Fletcher Hall). As of 2005, the library's collection includes nearly 2 million items, including the Fellowship of Southern Writers archives. In early 2008 the University was granted funding to build a new library.[24]

The University broke ground in 2010 for the new $48 million 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) library. Construction was completed in January 2015.[25]

Notable alumni, students, and faculty


Chattanooga's colors are navy and old gold; their men's teams and athletes are nicknamed Mocs, and women's teams and athletes are Lady Mocs. Chattanooga athletics teams compete in NCAA Division I (FCS for football) in the Southern Conference (SoCon) and have been ranked as a national top 100 athletic program by The National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics (NACDA) in the Division I Learfield Sports Director’s Cup.[27]


Chattanooga's men's basketball program has been among the best in the Southern Conference since joining the league in 1977–78. The Mocs have won 10 SoCon Tournament titles, tied for first all-time with former member West Virginia and Davidson, 10 regular-season league championships prior to the change to the division format in 1995 and seven division titles for 27 totals titles. In

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ As of January 29, 2015. "Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2013-14". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 
  2. ^ [4]
  3. ^ "Website Guidelines". 
  4. ^ "Editorial Guidelines". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "History of the University". UT-Chattanooga. Three years after its founding, the University was consolidated with another church-related school, East Tennessee Wesleyan University at Athens, under the name of Grant University. 
  6. ^ "Mission & History". Tennessee Wesleyan College. [The Athens school prior to the merger was named] Grant Memorial University (1886-1889); [post-merger renamed] U.S. Grant Memorial University (1889-1906) 
  7. ^ Clark, Alexandra Walker (2008). Hidden History of Chattanooga. The History Press. p. 21.  
  8. ^ [5]
  9. ^ "Meet Chancellor Angle". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "BusinessWeek names UTC in top 100 list". UTC News Releases. 
  11. ^ a b "Academic Majors & Minors". 
  12. ^ Kraiger & Abalos. "Rankings of Graduate Programs in I-O Psychology Based on Student Ratings of Quality". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  13. ^ "Biological and Environmental Sciences". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  14. ^ "Brock Scholars". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  15. ^ "College of Business". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  16. ^ "College of Engineering & Computer Science". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  17. ^ "College of Health, Education and Professional Studies". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  18. ^ "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo Student Newspapers". Digital Collections. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Retrieved 2014. 
  19. ^ "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Moccasin Yearbooks". Digital Collections. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 
  20. ^ "Sequoya Review". UTC Scholar. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 
  21. ^ "The Perch". Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  22. ^ [6]
  23. ^ "National SimCenter research advances alternative energy". UTC News Releases. 
  24. ^ "Library Building Project". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "New Library - UTC Library". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  26. ^ Moccasin. Chattanooga, Tennessee: University of Chattanooga. 1962. p. 159. Retrieved 2014. 
  27. ^ "Mocs Crack the Top-100 in Latest Learfield Director's Cup Standings". 
  28. ^ "Men's Basketball DII". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  29. ^ "Counting down the most prestigious programs since 1984-85". 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  30. ^ a b c "2009-10 Lady Mocs Basketball" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  31. ^ "Chattanooga 2009 NCAA Championship" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  32. ^ "Los Angeles Times: Archives - COLLEGE BASKETBALL / NCAA TOURNAMENT". 1997-03-19. Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  33. ^ "Fight, Chattanooga!". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 


The marching band is referred to as the "Marching Mocs" and performs at all home games.



Ever more we pledge to always be true to UTC.

Ride the rails to victory;

Roll on, Chattanooga,

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Go UTC Gold and Blue.

We're counting on you;

Mighty Mocs you know

'Til the victory is won.

Fight, Chattanooga,

  • The Lyrics are as follows:

The fight song for UTC is "Fight Chattanooga".

Fight song

In 1996, due to concerns over ethnic sensitivity,[32] the Moccasins name and image were dropped in favor of the shortened "Mocs" and an anthropomorphized northern mockingbird, in accordance with the state bird, named "Scrappy" dressed as a railroad engineer. The school's main athletic logo features Scrappy riding a train (a reference to Chattanooga's history as a major railroad hub and to the song "Chattanooga Choo Choo"). The mascot takes its name from former football coach A. C. "Scrappy" Moore.

The mascot has taken on four distinct forms, with a water moccasin being the mascot in the 1920s, and then a moccasin shoe (known as "The Shoe") was actually used as the school's mascot at times in the 1960s and 1970s. From the 1970s until 1996, the mascot was Chief Moccanooga, an exaggerated Cherokee tribesman.

The school's athletic teams are called the Mocs. The teams were nicknamed Moccasins until 1996. (The origin of the name is uncertain; however, Moccasin Bend is a large horseshoe-shaped bend in the Tennessee River directly below Lookout Mountain.)

University nickname

Athletic venues

The team plays in the Southern Conference in Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) (Socon). Terrell Owens played college football at UTC. The team posted consecutive winning seasons in 2009–2010 and 2010–2011. They play in Finley Stadium, which hosted the NCAA Division I Football Championship from 1997 to 2009.


Chattanooga is home to the only NCAA Division I wrestling program in the state of Tennessee. The Mocs' wrestling team has won 8 of the past 9 Socon title's since the 2012–2013 academic year.[30]


The Mocs’ softball team has won 11 regular season titles and 10 SoCon Tournament Championships. They have also made 7 NCAA tournament appearances.[30]


Women’s golf posted a 3.46 team GOA in the spring while advancing to the NCAA Division I finals in just the second year of the program since disbanding in the mid-1980s.[31]

In August 2012, UTC golfer Steven Fox won the U.S. Amateur Championship.

The men’s golf squad won its third consecutive Southern Conference trophy and finished 18th in the NCAA Championships in 2009.


The Lady Mocs are the most successful women's basketball program in Southern Conference history with 15 regular season titles since 1983–1984, 10 consecutive conference championships at the end of 2008–2009 and 14 overall conference championships.[30]

Jimmy Fallon from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon chose the Mocs as his team of choice going into the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Wednesday night (March 18) show included a live Skype chat with Head Coach John Shulman, as well as representatives of the pep band and cheerleading squads made in studio. Fallon's band "The Roots" wrote and performed an ode to Shulman titled, "The Don Juan of the SoCon" and Shulman and his six seniors (Nicchaeus Doaks, Zach Ferrell, Kevin Goffney, Khalil Hartwell, Stephen McDowell and Keyron Sheard) made an in-studio appearance following their tournament game with UConn.

The Mocs won the SoCon tournament once again in 2009. Defeating the College of Charleston Cougars 80-69 in the championship game on their home court at the McKenzie Arena, the Mocs punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, their first since 2005.

[29] list of the most prestigious basketball programs since the 1984–85 season.ESPN In July 2008, the team was ranked number 48 on the [28]

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