ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy. ORISE offers national and international programs in science and engineering education, training and management systems, energy and environment systems, and medical sciences. ORISE's programs bring students at all levels, K-12 through postgraduate, and university faculty members into federal and private laboratories.

ORAU's office for University, Industry, and Government Alliances seeks opportunities for alliances among its member universities, private industry, and federal laboratories.

Campus Overview

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga educates students by enlightening and disciplining their minds, and preparing them for ethical and active leadership in the civic, cultural, and professional spheres of their lives. To achieve these goals, the University engages in the complementary activities of teaching, scholarship, and service.

In its constant pursuit of academic excellence, UTC is committed to several strategic imperatives:

  • claiming the assets of technology
  • recruiting, retaining, and celebrating diversity in faculty, staff, and students
  • demonstrating accountability
  • enhancing partnerships
  • enhancing the learning environment
  • using evaluation to drive change

The hallmark of the University is outstanding teaching by a talented and dedicated faculty. Small classes, personalized advising, and frequent opportunities to interact with faculty provide a student-oriented learning experience.

Scholarship and research are priorities for the campus because these activities provide students with opportunities to mature as scholars, foster the intellectual growth of the faculty, and enhance the region's growth.

The University's academic programs provide students with a foundation in the liberal arts and preparation for many professions. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Health Education, and Professional Studies; and Engineering and Computer Science provide bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees as well as several post-master's specialist degrees.

Education at UTC goes beyond the traditional classroom and laboratory. UTC faculty continue to bring their professional expertise to bear on the concerns of the larger community. Moreover, the University takes advantage of its metropolitan location to provide firsthand learning experiences to students through career-related work experience. Innovative programs, such as our University Honors Program, serve exceptionally talented students. Off campus, the University offers credit and noncredit instruction for professional and intellectual development, extending its educational mission to an even broader range of citizens.

The University's mission is enhanced by continuing support from its alumni; the community; and the University of Chattanooga Foundation, a public, nonprofit organization that administers most of UTC's private endowment. Income from the endowment funds a number of endowed professorships as well as

scholarships for students. Support from the State also provides funding for several Chairs of Excellence.

As UTC looks to its future and the emerging needs of the metropolitan region, it will continue its commitment to quality education, excellent research, and dedicated service.


Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has developed an institutional excellence that rests on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American education.

For 83 years the University was a private school. Three years after its founding, the University merged with another church-related school, East Tennessee Wesleyan University at Athens, to form Grant University. In 1907 the school changed its name to the University of Chattanooga.

In 1969 the University of Chattanooga and a junior college, Chattanooga City College, merged with The University of Tennessee, one of the oldest land-grant universities in the nation, to form The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. As it joined the UT system, UTC received the mandate to devote a major portion of its resources to excellence in undergraduate education and in selected areas of graduate study.

The University's wide diversity of degree programs has attracted a current enrollment of more than 8,500, representing students from across the state, the region, and the world.


The University is located a few blocks from downtown Chattanooga. Claiming more than 600 industries, Chattanooga lies at the foot of Lookout and Signal Mountains where the Tennessee River forms Moccasin Bend. With a population of about 163,000 in a metropolitan statistical area of approximately 467,000, Chattanooga is easily accessible by car and air. Chattanooga frequently receives national recognition for its regional beauty, quality of life, and rich historical heritage.

The University and many civic organizations enhance the cultural environment of Chattanooga by supporting the arts through theatrical productions, concerts, and art exhibits. The greater Chattanooga area provides 10 city parks, 7 public golf courses, and a 35,400 acre lake that affords many recreational activities.

Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities

Students enrolled at UTC are citizens of the University and its surrounding communities. This citizenship carries with it opportunities and responsibilities - opportunities that enrich one's intellectual social life and responsibilities to conduct oneself in public and private life with integrity and respect for others. The University expects that its students will respect and comply with the law and the University's Code of Conduct both on campus and in the surrounding communities.

The University treats students like adults and expects mature and responsible behavior from them. Indeed, the reputation of the University depends, in part, on the conduct of its students. Consequently, the University maintains rules and policies to maintain a safe and civil environment for all members of the aca-

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