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.