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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 and 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 and letters about upcoming UTC events, initiatives and 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 and Christine Schelhas-Miller

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

The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning (2008 edition)  by Marcia B. Harris and 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

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

Visit the Chattanooga Visitor's Bureau website for savings on local attractions, restaurants and other 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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Local Restaurants

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