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Chattanooga, Tennessee (TN) Colleges and Universities

There are nine schools located within 25 miles of Chattanooga. Read about the traditional schools in several categories, including largest schools and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

There are several 'traditional' or mainstream schools near Chattanooga that offer programs in several different fields of study. Citing the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we look at these traditional schools in several different categories.

Closest Schools to Chattanooga, Tennessee

The closest schools to Chattanooga are a fairly even mix of 2-year and 4-year institutions. Only a few schools in the area offer graduate degree programs for interested students.

  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (0.6 miles from downtown)
  • Chattanooga State Community College (3.8 miles from downtown)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Chattanooga (4.3 miles from downtown)
  • Virginia College-School of Business and Health-Chattanooga (4.3 miles from downtown)
  • Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers (5.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Chattanooga, Tennessee

For students wanting to attend a bigger school after high school, there are a few schools near Chattanooga with more than 1,000 students. Most of the larger institutions are private, but the two biggest schools are public.

  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (11,387 students)
  • Chattanooga State Community College (9,374 students)
  • Southern Adventist University (3,125 students)
  • Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga (327 students)
  • Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers (298 students)

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates schools' net prices for full-time beginning undergraduate students. It does so by subtracting the typical amount of financial aid students attending the school receive from the total cost of attending the school. It most recently calculated these prices for the 2014-2015 school year. During this period, almost all of the net prices in the area were less than $25,000.

  • Chattanooga State Community College ($7,638)
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga ($13,224)
  • Virginia College-School of Business and Health-Chattanooga ($18,364)
  • Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga ($20,244)
  • Southern Adventist University ($20,614)

Highest Graduation Rates

In addition to net prices, the NCES calculates schools' graduation rates. It does so by identifying how many of a school's beginning, full-time undergraduate students complete their programs within 150% of the normal amount of time. For 2015, most schools in the area had graduation rates greater than 40%.

  • Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical Careers (64% graduation rate)
  • Miller-Motte Technical College-Chattanooga (59% graduation rate)
  • Southern Adventist University (58% graduation rate)
  • The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (44% graduation rate)
  • ITT Technical Institute-Chattanooga (29% graduation rate)

Despite a limited number of traditional institutions, the Chattanooga, TN, area offers schools with various locations, sizes, prices, and graduation rates to interested students.


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