Summer Orientations

The Office of New Student & Family Programs exists to familiarize new and prospective students, parents, and guests with the University.  Please select from the list below to learn more about their program offerings. 

If you have questions regarding any of these programs, please contact them directly at (423) 425-5220.

New Student Orientation is the capstone of the enrollment process and the starting point for student life here at the University.  Required for all new undergraduate students beginning at UTC in a fall term, these programs contain a wealth of information about academics and the University's many resources; as well as the spirit, colors, and tradition that make Chattanooga so unique.  Find Out More!

This mandatory one day program is designed specifically to prepare incoming UTC Transfers for success both in and out of the classroom.  To reserve your spot, click the "Find Out More" link below. Please remember, your spot is not confirmed until you have paid the Orientation Fee. Once registered, please take some time to read below regarding the session you will be attending.  Find Out More!

UTC Orientation is a family experience and as such we offer optional programming for parents, family members, and guest which takes place on the same day(s) as your student's Orientation! Whether you are a parent, guardian, significant other, etc. we recognize the important role you've played in helping get your student this far.  We want to invite you to learn more about the University and the many resources and opportunities it provides; and allow us to welcome you and your student to the UTC family! Find Out More!


Summer Send Off Programs 

This reception style event is designed to connect incoming UTC students and family members with alumni, staff, and current UTC students from their respective areas.  The connections created during our Summer Send-Offs help new students feel included in the Chattanooga family before arriving in August.  We're excited to partner with the UTC Alumni Chapters in each region to host these events! 

Join us in the River City for an evening of celebration for the Memphis students & families who are joining the UTC Class of 2020! We will be at the River Inn from 5:30 - 7 pm on Monday August 1, 2016 and look forward to seeing you there! 

RSVP for Memphis Send-Off 

Directions to The River Inn of Harbor Town

Join us in downtown Nashville for an evening of celebration for the Nashville area students & families who are joining the UTC Class of 2020! We will be at Soulshine Pizza from 5:30 - 7 pm on Tuesday August 2, 2016 and look forward to seeing you there! 

RSVP for Nashville Send-Off 

Directions to Soulshine Pizza

Join us in on campus for an evening of celebration for our fellow home-town students & families who are joining the UTC Class of 2020! We will be at the Patten House from 5:30 - 7 pm on Monday August 8, 2016 and look forward to seeing you there! 

RSVP for Chattanooga Send-Off

Directions to The Patten House

Join us in the River City for an evening of celebration for the Knoxville students & families who are joining the UTC Class of 2020! We will be at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria from 5:30 - 7 pm on Tuesday August 9, 2016 and look forward to seeing you there! 

RSVP for Knoxville Send-Off

Directions to Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria


Signature Programs

We love seeing our UTC families and want to invite you to campus as often as we can.  These programs are designed to help you build a sense of connection to the university and the city of Chattanooga - the place your student will call home for the next four years. Additional information will be sent to our PFA members as each program draws nearer. 

Whether looking for a fraternity or sorority, campus ministries, athletics or recreation or just something to do - Welcome Week & your First 15 Days of fall are jam-packed with daily activities for the UTC Community.  For more information about individual events, contact the sponsoring organization or department.  

The University looks forward to welcoming you and your student on campus for Operation Move-In! This whole campus celebration will be hosted on Thursday August 18 to welcome you to campus and celebrate our Class of 2020.  We will have volunteers all day to assist with unloading and unpacking, a student celebration event and a family reception at the end of the day.  

For more information regarding Operation Move-In, visit the event's website.

Sponsored by Housing & Residence Life

Join the UTC Parent & Family Association for our official Welcome Reception to close out Operation Move In on Thursday, August 18 at 5:45pm.  Come enjoy some delicious appetizers and refreshments with members of the UTC community and other families before you depart for the evening.

During the event, you will have an opportunity to write a note of encouragement to your new Moc that will be mailed during the first week of classes.

If you plan to attend, please click HERE to RSVP before August 12.

This exciting tradition returns to McKenzie Arena on Friday August 19, 2016 at 10am.  Hear from Chancellor Steve Angle, our SGA President, learn the UTC Fight Song & Cheers and celebrate your students first day as a MOC before sending them off to their Read 2 Achieve Book Discussion. 

Before Convocation, we invite parents to join us for a light breakfast and coffee in McKenzie Arena at Gate 3 starting at 8:45am. Families are welcome to sit anywhere in the gold section or above during the event.

For more information, please visit the Convocation website. To see what happened at 2015 Convocation, visit the highlights page!

Sponsored by the Convocation Committee

Come back to campus on September 9 & 10 for our 5th Annual Fall Family Weekend. This will be a wonderful opportunity for parents & families to catch up with their student,  network with other UTC families, see some great football and enjoy some other fun activities.

Visit the Fall Family Weekend page for more details.

Homecoming 2016: Go for the Gold! - October 2 - 8, 2016

Join us for an exciting week filled with student activities, competitions, school spirit, and a great tailgate & football to wrap everything up.

Mocs Football will be Saturday October 8, and they'll take on the Mercer Bears for Homecoming! 

For more information, please visit the official Homecoming website.

 Have Questions?  

You can always contact us at or (423) 425-4761 with questions.