Chattanooga, TN
Tuition (in-state)
$21,558 ($7,212)
Admission Difficulty
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University of Tennessee
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3 College Senior

Diversity: I have interacted with more people in my classes that are not from here as opposed to those that are from here.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not much diversity. Mostly WASPs and Catholic students. Some diversity present on campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone seems to be accepting of each other. The school is also very diverse in ethnicity.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There really are many types of people across campus. Chattanooga is a town that is growing all the time and becoming unique in so many ways as well. Hardly any challenges, from what i've experienced, have arisen because of a diverse population.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UTC campus is very diverse. We've all kinds of students and just about everyone is accepted. I've never seen a time when someone was viewed as different because of their beliefs. We all get along no matter what color you are, your sexual orientation, or your religion.


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  • 375th
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  • 747th
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  • 1025th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chelsea Crouse/Kelcie Sharp
Jackson, Tenn./Memphis, Tenn.
Communications/English Writing
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Surprisingly for a mid-sized school in Chattanooga, there are people of every nationality and background in attendance at UTC. Most students feel that UTC is a diverse campus in all areas, especially considering UTC's relatively small population of around 10,000. Overall, 24 percent of the campus population is made up of minorities, making UTC the most ethnically diverse campus in the UT system. Economically, UTC is a diverse campus with students coming from all areas of Tennessee and from other states, wealthy or not. Because UTC is located in the South, many people might assume that the campus is not diverse; however, anyone attending UTC can tell you that you can find your niche at UTC. Though the South is predominantly conservative, the downtown area of Chattanooga, where UTC is located, is known for being one of the most liberal areas of the city and arguably the state.

The University offers many organizations and clubs that cater to any belief, interest, or curiosity—College Democrats, Campus Republicans, Spectrum (LGBT group), Black Student Alliance, and many more. There is a large amount of participation in these diverse groups, and the different groups of people still interact well together. A new student at UTC should explore his/her opportunities and meet new people who are a part of the diverse groups on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 19%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Since Chattanooga is located in the South, sexual orientation is downplayed on campus. There isn't much talk about it at all. Spectrum, the gay and straight alliance, is becoming more active on campus and trying to educate students about sexual orientation.
Political Activity
Politics are not a big deal on campus. There seem to be equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats, as well as minority parties.
Economic Status
Economic status is diverse because of the school's affordability. Most students work part-time or even full-time while they are paying for school.
Most Common Religions
Christian groups have a large presence on campus. They often have meetings, free food, and live music on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 22% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 18% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 31% Not sure
  • 16% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 52 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 52 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 56 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 61% Very accepting.


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