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The UTC Experience: A Parent's Perspective

Parents of current and former students reflect on the experience of sending their children to UTC. They share advice and tips on how to make the transition to college smooth for everyone involved.

A UTC TV Production


Helpful Links

  1. Academic Calendar - This is a great resource to find all the important class related dates in one location, such as class start and end dates, final exams, registration dates, graduation, and add/drop course deadlines.

  2. Student Handbook - Encourage your student to start off on the right foot this year by familiarizing himself or herself with important information and policies that make up the UTC Student Handbook 

  3. Parking

  4. Undergraduate Admissions

  5. Financial Aid - Find out more about the many types of financial assistance and scholarships available to our students.

  6. The Bursar's Office – Learn more information about the cost of attending Chattanooga as well as details about payments, refunds, discount rates, etc.

  7. Housing & Residence Life

  8. Fraternity & Sorority Life at UTCIf your student is interested in joining a fraternity or sorority on campus, take a look at this webinar for more information about the Recruitment & Intake process. 

  9. UTC ALERT - The UTC ALERT system is designed to enhance and improve communication so that all members of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus community can stay informed in the event of an emergency. 

Stay Connected with UTC & the Association

Monthly E- Newsletter

Our e-newsletters are distributed monthly to all current, registered members of the Parent & Family Association.  Past newsletters are archived and available on the right sidebar for easy reference. 

Mailings & Invitations

We will periodically send you postcards & letters about upcoming UTC events, initiatives & other programs.  If you need to update your mailing address, please send us an email at  

Social Media

The UTC Parent & Family Association is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  It is a great way to interact with the office and learn about opportunities for you and your student to engage in the university community.  You can follow us by searching for utcparents.

The University Echo

The University Echo is the student newspaper of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Papers come out biweekly on Tuesdays and updates are available online.  The paper consists of news, features, sports, and opinion pieces written by staff writers and editors.

 Recommended Readings

Here are a list of books we would recommend to families that cover a number of typical transition issues that can arise during this period.

Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller

Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Today’s College Experience by Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Lawrence Treeger

The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning (2008 edition)  by Marcia B. Harris & Sharon L. Jones

Empty Nest, Full Heart : The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse, Ph.D

You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years  by Marjorie Savage

 FERPA (Student Privacy)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, set requirements and regulations for the access and release of student information and records.

FERPA rights are presented to both students and parents during New Student Orientation where they are given the opportunity to sign FERPA Release Forms allowing third party access to the student’s academic and financial information covered by FERPA law.

Learn more about FERPA and to access the FERPA Release Form.