UTC was founded in 1886 as the then-private and racially exclusive Chattanooga University, which was soon merged in 1889 with the Athens-based Grant Memorial University (now Tennessee Wesleyan University), becoming the Chattanooga campus of U.S. Grant Memorial University. In 1907, the school changed its name to University of Chattanooga. In 1964 the university merged with Zion College, which had been established in 1949 and later became Chattanooga City College. In 1969 the University of Chattanooga joined the UT system and became the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The University of Chattanooga Foundation Inc. is a private corporation, created in 1969, that manages the private endowment of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
UTC uses the semester system, with five optional "mini-terms" in the summer. The leadership of the campus rests upon the chancellor, who answers to the UT System President. The university is currently headed by Chancellor Dr. Steve Angle.
The following people have had the post of President or Chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Prior to 1969, the institution was known as the University of Chattanooga (1907–1969), U.S. Grant University (1889–1907), and Chattanooga University (1886–1889). At the time of UTC's establishment in 1969, the name of the leader became chancellor instead of president.
Rev. Edward S. Lewis, President 1886-1889
U.S. Grant University
Rev. John F. Spence, Chancellor 1889–1891; President 1891–1893
A voice for student leadership on campus, the SGA consists of an executive team, senators representing districts/colleges they belong to, a judicial branch, a Freshman Senate, and a Graduate Students Senate. The current president is Taylor Bradshaw with Wendy Jiang serving as vice president and Alex Spraker serving as treasurer.
SimCenter is UTC's computational engineering and simulation center. In November 2005, SimCenter was listed as the 89th most powerful supercomputer by Top500. On November 20, 2007, the university announced the center has been named a National Center for Computational Engineering. More recently, The SimCenter provided the academic research for a new source of alternative energy unveiled by Bloom Energy Corporation in Sunnyvale, California.
The Clinical Infectious Disease Control Research Unit is a research interest group composed of UTC faculty, students, and local partners. Members of the CIDC have had their research published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presented at professional meetings and conferences. More information on their current projects and recent events can be found on UTC's website.
The university is served by CARTA bus routes 4, 7, 10, 14, 19, and 28. Route 14 only operates on weekdays during fall and spring terms, when the university is session. The route runs on and off the campus on McCallie, Houston, Vine, Douglas, Fifth, and Palmetto Streets. A recent extension serves Third, O'Neal, and Central Streets, as well as Erlanger Hospital, and a large parking lot at Engel Stadium. All students showing valid University identification cards (MocsCards) ride for free on all CARTA routes, year-round.
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Administration Building – mailroom, parking services, motor pool and university police department.
Brenda Lawson Student Athlete Success Center – opened in August 2008, houses the Wolford Family Strength and Conditioning Center and the Chattem Basketball Center.
Bretske Hall – Formerly the university cafeteria, prior home of the Geology Department.
Brock Hall – Foreign languages, geography, anthropology, history and sociology departments.
Challenger Center – The widow of Dick Scobee, a Challenger astronaut, donated the building in her husband's memory. This educational simulation includes different space missions with project completed from mission control and a space station.
Cadek Hall (pronounced "CHAH-dik") – Home to the Cadek Conservatory and the UTC Choral Department.
Davenport Hall – Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Physical Therapy Departments.
Derthick Hall - Amphitheater and lecture hall.
Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Building (EMCS)
Fletcher Hall – (1939) Business Administration and Political Science departments. From 1939 to 1974, Fletcher housed both the local public library and the university library.
Founders' Hall – (1916) Chancellor's offices, University Relations.
Frist Hall – Disability Resource Center, MoSAIC Program, Communication Department, Student Support Services. Once part of the Chattanooga metro hospital complex.
Grote Hall (pronounced "GROW-tee") – (1968) Chemistry, Geology, and physics departments.
Guerry Center (pronounced "GEH-ree") – Formerly the University Student Center, this building now houses the University Honors program and Reading Room, Economics Department, and Crossroads Cafe. This building underwent a major renovation in the summer of 2019 from the historic "Guerry Hall" building constructed in 1957.
Holt Hall – Biology, English, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion departments.
Hooper-Race Hall – (1916) Records and registration, financial aid, human resources, and research and sponsored programs departments. Recently, Hooper Hall reopened after a lead and asbestos abatement project.
Metropolitan Hall – Formerly the home of the Tepper Clinic and Chattanooga Metropolitan Hospital, this building now houses the Nursing department.
Old Math Building – This building was originally constructed as a home for the Chattanooga Medical College. After that college was disbanded around 1917, the building served many different purposes to the university. It was demolished in the late 1990s and a Student Park was built in its place.
President's House – Development (fundraising) Department.
Dorothy Patten Fine Arts Center – (1980) Houses the Dorothy Hackett Ward theatre, the Roland W. Hayes Concert Hall and the George Ayers Cress Art Gallery, referred to as the "FAC." Also houses the UTC Music and Theater Departments.
University Center – Home of the University Bursar's Office, the building also include student recreation facilities and a game room, offices for student organizations, food court, bookstore, classrooms and auditoriums, administrative areas include meeting rooms, administrative offices for the student development division, counseling and career planning, women's center, student placement and employment, and cooperative education.
University Hall – (1886) "Old Main." Demolished in 1917.
Patten Chapel is one of the busiest sanctuaries in Chattanooga. Mostly weddings and memorial services are held there. A bride's room has been prepared and is always ready. Reserving the chapel should be done around a year in advance as its popularity sees events almost every weekend. Wedding receptions are not hosted at the chapel.
The Lupton Memorial Library, named for T. Cartter and Margaret Rawlings Lupton, was constructed in 1974 to replace the aging John Storrs Fletcher Library (which has since been restored and renamed Fletcher Hall). As of 2005, the library's collection includes nearly 2 million items, including the Fellowship of Southern Writers archives. In early 2008 the university was granted funding to build a new library.
The university broke ground in 2010 for the new $48 million 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) library. Construction was completed on the UTC Library in January 2015.
Chattanooga's colors are navy and old gold; their men's teams and athletes are nicknamed Mocs, and women's teams and athletes are Lady Mocs. Chattanooga athletics teams compete in NCAA Division I (FCS for football) in the Southern Conference (SoCon) and have been ranked as a national top 100 athletic program by The National Association of Collegiate Director's of Athletics (NACDA) in the Division I Learfield Sports Director's Cup.
Chattanooga's men's basketball program has been among the best in the Southern Conference since joining the league in 1977–78. The Mocs have won 10 SoCon Tournament titles, tied for first all-time with former member West Virginia and Davidson, 10 regular-season league championships prior to the change to the division format in 1995 and seven division titles for 27 totals titles. In 1997, led by coach Mack McCarthy and Chattanooga native Johnny Taylor, the Mocs made a run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 14 seed, beating Georgia and Illinois before falling to Providence. Before making the move to Division I, Chattanooga won the Division II National Championship in 1977. In July 2008, the team was ranked number 48 on the ESPN list of the most prestigious basketball programs since the 1984–85 season.
Jimmy Fallon from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon chose the Mocs as his team of choice going into the 2009 NCAA tournament. The Wednesday night (March 18) show included a live Skype chat with Head Coach John Shulman, as well as representatives of the pep band and cheerleading squads made in studio. Fallon's house band The Roots wrote and performed an ode to Shulman titled, "The Don Juan of the SoCon" and Shulman and his six seniors (Nicchaeus Doaks, Zach Ferrell, Kevin Goffney, Khalil Hartwell, Stephen McDowell and Keyron Sheard) made an in-studio appearance following their tournament game with UConn.
The Lady Mocs are the most successful women's basketball program in Southern Conference history with 15 regular season titles since 1983–1984, 10 consecutive conference championships at the end of 2008–2009 and 14 overall conference championships.
The men's golf squad won its third consecutive Southern Conference trophy and finished 18th in the NCAA Championships in 2009.
In August 2012, UTC golfer Steven Fox won the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Women's golf posted a 3.46 team GOA in the spring while advancing to the NCAA Division I finals in just the second year of the program since disbanding in the mid-1980s.
The Mocs’ softball team has won 11 regular season titles and 10 SoCon Tournament Championships. They have also made 7 NCAA tournament appearances.
Chattanooga is home to the only NCAA Division I wrestling program in the state of Tennessee. The Mocs' wrestling team has won 8 of the past 9 Socon title's since the 2012–2013 academic year.
McKenzie Arena – (1982–present) aka the Roundhouse, due to its circular shape and the city's association with the railroad industry.
The school's athletic teams are called the Mocs. The teams were nicknamed Moccasins until 1996. (The origin of the name is uncertain; however, Moccasin Bend is a large horseshoe-shaped bend in the Tennessee River directly below Lookout Mountain.)
The mascot has taken on four distinct forms. A water moccasin was the mascot in the 1920s, and then a moccasin shoe (known as "The Shoe") was used as the school's mascot at times in the 1960s and 1970s. From the 1970s until 1996, the mascot was Chief Moccanooga, an exaggerated Cherokee tribesman.
^"History of the University". UT-Chattanooga. Three years after its founding, the University was consolidated with another church-related school, East Tennessee Wesleyan University at Athens, under the name of Grant University.
^"Mission & History". Tennessee Wesleyan College. Archived from the original on 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2015-03-03. [The Athens school prior to the merger was named] Grant Memorial University (1886-1889); [post-merger renamed] U.S. Grant Memorial University (1889-1906)