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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

  • 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.

  • 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 

  • Parking

  • Undergraduate Admissions

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

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

  • Housing and Residence Life

  • Fraternity and 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. 

  • UTC ALERT - The UTC ALERT system is designed to enhance and improve communication so that all members of the UTC community can stay informed in the event of an emergency. 

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Stay Connected with UTC and the Association

Monthly E- Newsletter

Our e-newsletters are distributed monthly to all current, registered members of the Parent and Family Association. Past newsletters are archived and available on the right sidebar (or below if you're on a mobile device) for easy reference. 

Mailings and 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 and 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.

UTC News Releases

Stay up-to-date with what's happening at UTC. UTC News Releases are produced by UTC's Office of Communications and Marketing.

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Recommended Readings

These books 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

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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 access the FERPA Release Form →

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While Visiting Chattanooga

Hotel/Lodging Information

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms for guests at: 

Holiday Inn & Suites - Downtown Chattanooga
434 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

This hotel is steps away from the Tennessee Aquarium and the Children’s Discovery Museum.  They offer some great amenities including:

    • Free High Speed Internet
    • Indoor Pool
    • Valet Parking ($)
    • On-Site Restaurant and Bar

How to Make a Reservation

To take advantage of the discounted rate, please click the link below to make your reservation online.

UTC Fall Family Weekend Holiday Inn & Suites Booking Link

Once you enter your preferred dates (September 21 & 22), the group pricing will appear.  No deposit is required.  These rooms are available at the group rate until the room block has been filled or until September 1, after which their standard rate and availability restrictions will apply.

Room Types:
King with Sofa Bed - Non Smoking
FFW Block Rate: $ 129.00/night

Two Queen Beds - Non Smoking
FFW Block Rate: $ 129.00/night 

You can also call the Reservations Desk at 423-777-5858 for assistance.  Make sure to mention that you are wanting to make a reservation for the UTC Fall Family Weekend block of rooms.

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Helpful Tips and Information

Directions to the University Center

The majority of events this weekend will take place in the University Center and it is easily accessible to anyone coming to campus.  

Our street address is:

642 E. 5th Street

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Coming From Knoxville or Atlanta

  • Take I-75 toward Chattanooga
  • Merge onto I-24 W via Exit 2
  • Merge onto US-27 N via Exit 178
  • Exit onto 4th Street via Exit 1c (Welcome to Downtown Chattanooga)
  • Go approximately 1 mile and make a right onto Mabel Street
    • McKenzie Arena will be on your right just before Mabel Street
  • Mabel Street will become E. 5th Street
  • The University Center will be on your right just past Maclellan Gym

 Coming From Nashville

  • Take I-24 E toward Chattanooga
  • Merge onto US-27 N via Exit 178
  • Exit onto 4th Street via Exit 1c
    • Welcome to Downtown Chattanooga
  • Go approximately 1 mile and make a right onto Mabel Street
    • McKenzie Arena will be on your right just before Mabel Street
  • Mabel Street will become E. 5th Street
  • The University Center will be on your right just past Maclellan Gym

Coming From Birmingham

  • Take I-59 N toward Chattanooga
  • Merge onto I-24 E toward Chattanooga
  • Merge onto US-27 N via Exit 178
  • Exit onto 4th Street via Exit 1c (Welcome to Downtown Chattanooga)
  • Go approximately 1 mile and make a right onto Mabel Street
    • McKenzie Arena will be on your right just before Mabel Street
  • Mabel Street will become E. 5th Street
  • The University Center will be on your right just past Maclellan Gym

Parking for the University Center is located along E. 5th Street (if available) or in the E. 5th Street Parking Garage.  When parking along E. 5th Street you should not park on any yellow curbs.

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Additional Activities in Chattanooga

While you are visiting Chattanooga, we encourage you to take advantage of some attractions around town. Children enjoy the Creative Discovery Museum while lovers of the outdoors love to spend time at Rock City and Ruby Falls. You will also want to visit downtown area for some great restaurants.

We encourage you to visit the Chattanooga Visitor's Bureau website for savings on local attractions, restaurants and activities in the Chattanooga area. 

Local Attractions

An eco-friendly, economical public bicycle transit system, Bike Chattanooga offers quick, fun travel in and around the city.

Click HERE to learn more.

Splash into the Tennessee River for the unforgettable views of Chattanooga’s Riverfront and Maclellan Island on board an authentic renovated WWII amphibious landing craft.  It's not just a tour, it’s an adventure! 

Click HERE to learn more.

The Chattanooga Market is the region's largest producer-only arts and crafts and farmers' market. It is held every Sunday from April to December at the open-air First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga, Tennessee, typically from 11am until 4pm.

Click HERE to learn more.

Segway Tours provides exciting tours of Chattanooga on Segway, Bike or Walking Tours. They will highlight the museums, green spaces, entertainment, and tastes of Chattanooga.

Click HERE to learn more.

With over 300 animals representing 130 different species, many of which are endangered, the Chattanooga Zoo is committed to engaging and inspiring our community to better understand and preserve wildlife by creating meaningful connections between people and animals.

Click HERE to learn more.

This 1894 Dentzel carousel is a central feature in Coolidge Park. The carousel provides a delightful old-fashioned experience with 52 whimsical hand carved animals, a calliope band organ, and ornate between gold leaf benches.

Click HERE to learn more.

One of the nation’s top children’s museums, the Creative Discovery Museum inspires children’s passion for learning through play.

Click HERE to learn more.

The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a range of styles and periods.

Click HERE to learn more.

Take an unforgettable journey high atop Lookout Mountain! Enjoy the quiet woodland paths and gardens. Discover ancient rock formations. Explore the 400 species of plants, flowers, and shrubs. Each step is a discovery!

Click HERE to learn more.

Ruby Falls, a thundering 145-foot waterfall is located deep within Lookout Mountain and has been thrilling visitors for over 80 years.

Click HERE to learn more.

Take a great Chattanooga cruise along the scenic Tennessee River on board the Southern Belle Riverboat.

Click HERE to learn more.

Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee Aquarium takes you on a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea to meet amazing animals up close within the Aquarium’s two buildings.

Click HERE to learn more.

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