University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga seal.png
Motto Faciemus
Motto in English
We shall achieve
Established 1886
Type Public university
Endowment $77.3 million[1]
Chancellor Steve Angle
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 11,429
Postgraduates 1,364 (graduate, pre-professional, doctoral)
Location Chattanooga, TN, USA
35°02′45″N 85°18′00″W / 35.0458°N 85.2999°W / 35.0458; -85.2999Coordinates: 35°02′45″N 85°18′00″W / 35.0458°N 85.2999°W / 35.0458; -85.2999
Campus Urban, 321 acres (1,300,000 m2) (1,947,436 Gross Square Feet)[2]
Colors      Navy and      Old gold[3]
Athletics NCAA Division ISoCon
Nickname Mocs
Mascot Scrappy the Mocking Bird
Affiliations UT System
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics logo.png

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, (variously called UT-Chattanooga, UTC, or Chattanooga)[4] is a public university located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. The University is one of three universities and two other affiliated institutions in the University of Tennessee System (UT System); the others being in Knoxville, Martin, Memphis, and Tullahoma.


UTC was founded in 1886 as the then-private Chattanooga University, which was soon merged in 1889 with the Athens-based Grant Memorial University (now Tennessee Wesleyan),[5] becoming the Chattanooga campus of U.S. Grant Memorial University.[6][7] In 1907, the university changed its name to University of Chattanooga. In 1969, the university merged with Zion College, which was established in 1949 and became Chattanooga City College in 1964, to form The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as part of the UT System.[8]


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.[9]

Student Government Association of UTC[edit]

A voice for student leadership on campus, the SGA consists of senators representing districts/the college they belong to, such as the College of Arts and Sciences.


Chattanooga is best known for its nationally ranked Business program,[10] Engineering, Nursing, English, Chemistry, Accounting, Psychology, Music, and Education departments. The university offers over 140 undergraduate majors and concentrations, and over 50 undergraduate minors.[11] Chattanooga also offers nearly 100 graduate programs[11] and concentrations, including a highly ranked[12] master's program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Ph.D. programs in Computational Engineering and Physical Therapy. In an effort to expand the horizons of its student body, UTC recently began an exchange program with Kangnung National University of Kangnung, South Korea.

Colleges and Academic Departments[edit]

Media and publications[edit]

  • University Echo – Student newspaper [13]
  • Moccasin – Student yearbook [14]
  • Education about Asia – Educational magazine
  • Sequoya Review – Literary magazine [15]
  • Modern Psychological Studies – Journal published by the Department of Psychology


  • SimCenter is UTC's computational engineering and simulation center. In November 2005, SimCenter was listed as the 89th most powerful supercomputer by Top500.[16] On November 20, 2007, the University announced the center has been named a National Center for Computational Engineering.[citation needed] More recently, The SimCenter provided the academic research for a new source of alternative energy unveiled by Bloom Energy Corporation in Sunnyvale, California.[17]


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.

Academic buildings[edit]

Note: Dates of construction given when known

Founder's Hall
  • Administration Building – mailroom, parking services, motor pool and university police department
  • Brenda Lawson Student Athlete Success Center – Scheduled to open in August 2008, the center will house 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 "SHODD-ik") – Home to the Cadek Conservatory, UTC Choral Department, and WUTC radio.
  • Davenport Hall – Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Physical Therapy Departments
  • 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 and physics departments
  • Guerry Hall (pronounced "GEH-ree") – Houses admissions, honors program and reading room, Economics Department
  • Holt Hall – Biology, English, philosophy, psychology, and religion departments
  • Hooper-Race Hall – (1916) Records and registration, financial aid, and human resources departments. Recently, Hooper Hall reopened after a lead and asbestos abatement project
  • Hunter Hall Education Department
  • Lupton Library – (1974) see below
  • Metropolitan Hall – Nursing department. Formerly housed the Chattanooga Metropolitan Hospital
  • Old Math Building – Demolished in the late 1990s.
  • President's House – Development (fundraising) Department
  • Patten House – (1893) Located in the Fort Wood National Historic District. Home of the Alumni Affairs 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 – Bursar's Office, and Student areas include a computer lab, a recreation and game room, offices, main cafeteria, 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 and Bursars Office
  • University Hall – (1886) "Old Main." Demolished in 1917

Patten Chapel[edit]

Patten Chapel
  • 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.[18]

The University broke ground in 2010 for the new $48 million 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2) library. Construction is to be completed by January 2015.[19]

Notable alumni, students, and faculty[edit]


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.[21]


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.[22] In July 2008, the team was ranked number 48 on the ESPN list of the most prestigious basketball programs since the 1984–85 season.[23]

The Mocs won the SoCon tournament once again in 2009. Defeating the College of Charleston Cougars 80-69 in the championship game on their home court at the McKenzie Arena, the Mocs punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament, their first since 2005.

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 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.[24]


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.[25]


The Mocs’ softball team has won 11 regular season titles and 10 SoCon Tournament Championships. They have also made 7 NCAA tournament appearances.[24]


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.[24]


The team plays in the Southern Conference in Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) (Socon). Terrell Owens played college football at UTC. The team posted consecutive winning seasons in 2009–2010 and 2010–2011. They play in Finley Stadium, which hosted the NCAA Division I Football Championship from 1997 to 2009.

Athletic venues[edit]

University nickname[edit]

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, with a water moccasin being the mascot in the 1920s, and then a moccasin shoe (known as "The Shoe") was actually 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.

In 1996, due to concerns over ethnic sensitivity,[26] the Moccasins name and image were dropped in favor of the shortened "Mocs" and an anthropomorphized northern mockingbird, in accordance with the state bird, named "Scrappy" dressed as a railroad engineer. The school's main athletic logo features Scrappy riding a train (a reference to Chattanooga's history as a major railroad hub and to the song "Chattanooga Choo Choo"). The mascot takes its name from former football coach A. C. "Scrappy" Moore.

Fight song[edit]

The fight song for UTC is "Fight Chattanooga".

  • The Lyrics are as follows:

Fight, Chattanooga,

'Til the victory is won.

Mighty Mocs you know

We're counting on you;

Go UTC Gold and Blue.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Roll on, Chattanooga,

Ride the rails to victory;

Ever more we pledge to always be true to UTC.



The marching band is referred to as the "Marching Mocs" and performs at all home games.


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  2. ^ Fact Book
  3. ^ UTC University Relations | Web Page Authoring and Design Guidelines
  4. ^ "Editorial Guidelines". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Mission & History". Tennessee Wesleyan College. [The Athens school prior to the merger was named] Grant Memorial University (1886-1889); [post-merger renamed] U.S. Grant Memorial University (1889-1906) 
  7. ^ Clark, Alexandra Walker (2008). Hidden History of Chattanooga. The History Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-62584-349-4. 
  8. ^ Installation Ceremony program for Roger G. Brown
  9. ^ "Meet Chancellor Angle". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  10. ^ BusinessWeek names UTC in top 100 list | UTC News Feeds
  11. ^ a b UTC | The Records Office | Major codes 2009-2010
  12. ^ Kraiger & Abalos, "Rankings of Graduate Programs in I-O Psychology Based on Student Ratings of Quality"[1]
  13. ^ "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo Student Newspapers". Digital Collections. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Moccasin Yearbooks". Digital Collections. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 
  15. ^ "Sequoya Review". UTC Scholar. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 
  16. ^ UT SimCenter at Chattanooga | TOP500 Supercomputing Sites
  17. ^ National SimCenter research advances alternative energy | UTC News Feeds
  18. ^ "Library Building Project". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "New Library - UTC Library". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Moccasin. Chattanooga, Tennessee: University of Chattanooga. 1962. p. 159. Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ Mocs Crack the Top-100 in Latest Learfield Director's Cup Standings - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Official Athletics Site
  22. ^ "Men's Basketball DII". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  23. ^ Harold Shelton, Nick Loucks and Chris Fallica, "Counting down the most prestigious programs since 1984–85", ESPN, July 21, 2008
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  26. ^ George Dohrmann, "Big Mack has 'em loving the Mocs; McCarthy's team, in the Sweet 16, may even rate over barbecue in Chattanooga", LA Times, Mar 19, 1997
  27. ^ "Fight, Chattanooga!". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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