The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

U.S. News and World Report Rankings

UTC Listed in U.S. News College Rankings

For the second straight year, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga remained in the second tier of Southern schools with master's programs in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.

According to the U.S. News website:

"To rank colleges, U.S. News first places each school into categories based on mission (research university or liberal arts college) and, for universities offering a range of master's programs and colleges focusing on undergraduate education without a particular emphasis on the liberal arts, by location (North, South, Midwest, and West). Universities where there is a focus on research and which offer several doctoral programs are ranked separately from liberal arts colleges, and master's universities and comprehensive colleges are compared against other schools in the same group and region. Second, we gather data from and about each school in 15 areas related to academic excellence. Third, the colleges are ranked based on their composite weighted score. We publish the numeric rank of roughly the top 25 percent of schools in each of the 10 categories; the remainder are placed in tiers based on their overall score in their category."

These rankings included categories listing faculty to student ratios, number of full-time faculty, class size, and statistics of incoming freshmen. In 2002, UTC recorded a 16/1 student to faculty ratio, with 81% of faculty working full time. UTC offered 37% of its classes with less than 20 students, and 40% of UTC freshmen were ranked in the top 25% of their high school class.

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