- Event Information
When: Friday, November 3, 2023
Time: 11:30a*-5p EST
What: College Quest is a specialized campus experience for juniors and seniors in high school considering a career in healthcare (excluding nursing), engineering, computer science, and technology. Prospective students and families will enjoy a traditional campus tour along with enhanced experiences including lab tours, interaction with faculty and current students, financial aid and career information and more.
- Event Itinerary
11:30a – 12:15p: (optional) Early Check in and Lunch at the University Center**
12:30p- 12:45p: Check In, University Center
12:45p to 1p – Welcome Address
1p-2p – Interest Group Overview
Pre-Health: overview of the college and program
Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology: overview of the college and program
2p-3p – Campus Tour
3:15 – 4:45pm – Profession Pathway Excursions
Parents: Financial Aid, Career Development, and Housing
Students: Lab tours
4:45- 5pm – Closing Remarks
- Optional Early Registration Lunch
For those who have registered for the optional early registration lunch, you will be able to enjoy the experience of dining at our university food court in the university center. You must arrive between 11:30 and 12:15 in order to receive your lunch voucher, where you will be able to enjoy a variety of foods you can learn more about your options by clicking here. Those who registered for the early optional lunch will be given a $10 voucher per person. Please note that we will be unable to provide lunch vouchers to those who have not registered for lunch prior to the day of the event.
- Campus Tour
We will be giving you a full campus tour (walking time outside is around 1 hour). In early November the weather in Chattanooga can fluctuate from as high as 62 and low as 49. We recommend bringing layers as our campus tour is mostly outdoors. Should we face poor weather the tour may be shortened or cancelled for guest safety.
- Professional Pathway Excursions
At registration you will be able to select one of our 4 unique paths to explore more of what UTC can offer for students interested in these types of career opportunities.
- Pre-Health Track: designed for students interested in medical school, dental school, pharmacy school, veterinary school, and physician assistant programs. Students will tour lab spaces in chemistry and biology and hear from the Center for Professional Education’s Medical Career Academy about clinical experiences for UTC students. This experience is not designed for students interested in nursing.
- Pre-OT/PT: designed for students interested in occupational therapy or physical therapy. Students will hear from our PT and OT program, and tour spaces in psychology and anatomy and physiology. This experience is not designed for students interested in nursing.
- Engineering: Students will engage in experiences within the primary engineering areas, including chemical, electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering.
- Computer Science and Technology: Students will engage in experiences within computer engineering, computer programming, robotics, and mechatronics.
Due to lab capacity, we cannot accommodate changes in your excursion the day of the event. If you wish to change your excursion you must do so before October 23rd by emailing either [email protected] to for Pre-Health or [email protected] for engineering or computer science and technology. Every effort will be made to accommodate excursion swaps, however due to lab capacity limitations we may not be able to honor every request.
For the lab tours, we encourage students to wear closed toed shoes and no jewelry to ensure lab safety.
- Parent Excursions
Due to lab capacity limitations, parents or guardians will not be able to attend lab tours, however we have exciting programming planned for parents during this time. Parents will be able to enjoy coffee and tea while hearing from members of our financial aid staff who will review information on state and federal aid, UTC scholarships, and how you can help your student find more financial aid for their college career. Parents or guardians will also hear from career services representatives who will showcase resources UTC has to aid in the job search. At the conclusion of this offering parents/guardians will be reunited with students.
To register for the event click here!
Who should attend College Quest?: Students who are considering career opportunities in engineering, computer science, technology, or professional healthcare careers such as: medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school as well as physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs.
I am interested in Nursing. Should I attend College Quest?: While we welcome all students to college quest this event will not include the College of Nursing. Students who are only considering careers in nursing may not find this event as informational as those interested in professional healthcare programs such as medical school and PA.
Is lunch included in this event?: A lunch voucher will be provided for each person who registers. Students must make sure that both they and their guests have all registered for the optional lunch. We will have limited lunch tickets on the day of the event, we cannot guarantee a voucher day off without prior registration. Participants are strongly encouraged to register for the lunch if they plan to attend.
Do I have to attend the lunch?: No, the early registration lunch is optional, for students and families who are not attending the lunch check in begins at 12:30p and the event will start at 12:45p.
Is there parking available?: Yes, all guests will receive 1 free parking pass with registration. If participants need additional parking passes they need to reach out to our program organizers. Parking information will be sent out to registered participants a week prior to the event.
Is there a registration fee for attending college quest?: No, participation in College Quest as well as the optional early registration lunch are free to participants. However, we encourageguests to notify us if they are no longer planning to attend as space is limited.
Can I get a letter to excuse my absence?: Yes we will have signed letters from UTC for your students to share with their high school should they need a letter.
Don’t see your question here? Reach out to the program coordinators Theresa Blackman, Assistant Director for Pre-Health Student Services for all Pre-Health related questions at [email protected] or Irene Hillman, Director, Center for Student Success, for engineering and computer science questions at [email protected]