The University


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will serve as a national model for an engaged metropolitan university whose faculty, staff, and students, in collaboration with external partners, employ the intellectual resources of the liberal arts and professional programs to enrich the lives of those we serve.
Guiding Principles

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga interprets the land-grant spirit of service for the 21st century through people, partnerships, and performance:


  • We are committed to preparing educated men and women for meaningful and productive lives.
  • We educate students for life in a global society.
  • We promote and celebrate the diversity of people and ideas.
  • We provide reasonable and affordable access to higher education.


  • We embrace active and collaborative learning through partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • We encourage frequent, respectful, and collegial interaction among students, faculty, staff, and community.
  • We provide opportunities for our students to augment intellectual development through participation in artistic, cultural, social, and athletic activities.
  • We develop partnerships that strengthen the university and our community.


  • We prepare our students and alumni to apply knowledge to the challenges of a changing society.
  • We use the interconnected activities of teaching, research, and service to promote learning, problem solving, and innovation.
  • We use technology to enhance teaching, research, operations, and community outreach.
  • We use our resources in a prudent manner to accomplish our mission.
  • We use multiple measures to evaluate the performance of our students, faculty, staff, and programs.


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. Telephone: 404-679-4501; Fax: 404-679-4558) to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

The University has also earned accreditation from the following organizations:

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Association to Advance American Chemical Society
  • Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • Council on the Accreditation of Nursing Anesthesia Education Program
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education


The University is a charter member of the Southern University Conference. Additionally, memberships include the following:

  • American Alumni Council, American Council on Education
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Association for Continuing Higher Education
  • Association of American Universities
  • Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
  • National University Extension Association
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Tennessee College Association

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been a sponsoring institution of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) since 1969. ORAU is a private, not-for-profit consortium of 65 colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy with principal offices located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Founded in 1946, ORAU provides and develops technology critical to the nation's infrastructure, particularly in energy, education, health, and the environment. ORAU works with and for its member institutions to help faculty and students gain access to federal research facilities; to keep members informed about fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments and to organize research alliances among our members in areas where their collective strengths can be focused on issues of national importance.

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