Coffeehouse Chats

Coffeehouse Chats are small, informal gatherings held on Saturday mornings in March and April from 9:00am to 11:00am (local time) at neighborhood coffee shops.  These events allow us to bring UTC to YOU.  Come meet and mingle with other UTC families in your area to foster new connections and relationships.  These events are FREE and refreshments will be provided.

Join us at the location closest to you!

Stop by and join us on Saturday, March 4 between 9am and 11am CST for coffee and conversation at the Billy Goat Coffee Cafe.  Sign up HERE if you plan to join us.  Registration is suggested but not required.

Directions to the Billy Goat Coffee Cafe

Stop by and join us on Saturday, March 11 between 9am and 11am CST for coffee and conversation at Just Love Coffee (Murfreesboro West).  Sign up HERE if you plan to join us.  Registration is suggested but not required.

Co-Hosted by Jeff & Chandra Brown - UTC Class of 2020 Parents

Directions to Just Love Coffee - Murfreesboro West

Stop by and join us on Saturday, March 25 for coffee and conversation.  Location TBD.

Co-Hosted by Marian McDonald - UTC Class of 2020 Parent


Stop by and join us on Saturday, April 1 between 9am and 11am EST for coffee and conversation at The Empty Cup.  Sign up HERE if you plan to join us.  Registration is suggested but not required.

Co-Hosted by the Knoxville UTC Alumni Chapter

Directions to The Empty Cup


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 2021! 

RSVP for Memphis Send-Off 

Join us in downtown Nashville for an evening of celebration for the Nashville area students & families who are joining the UTC Class of 2021!  

RSVP for Nashville Send-Off 

Join us in on campus for an evening of celebration for our fellow hometown students & families who are joining the UTC Class of 2021! 

RSVP for Chattanooga Send-Off

Join us in the River City for an evening of celebration for the Knoxville students & families who are joining the UTC Class of 2021!  

RSVP for Knoxville Send-Off


Programs for New UTC Families

We love welcoming our newest UTC families to campus.  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 out as each program draws nearer. 

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 17 to welcome you to campus and celebrate our Class of 2021.  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 18 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

 Have Questions?  

You can always contact us at or (423) 425-2321 with questions.