By TAYLOR HENSLEY
CHATTANOOGA (AP) – Known for its many opportunities for activities and beautiful surrounding city, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been popular for potential students seeking an undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate degree.
The University also boasts a plentiful amount of degree options, including Nursing, Engineering, Education, Psychology, Accounting, English, Chemistry and Music. UTC is also widely known for its nationally ranked Business program, which brings in many students each year.
As UTC continues to gain more and more students, the campus has begun to undergo renovations in order to provide students with the best college experience that they can provide. These renovations include overall “touch ups”, infrastructure changes, design changes and more.
One of the several updates happening at UTC has been on the general campus, where sidewalks are being re-paved and spaces are being opened up to allow students to pass through more easily. At the top of the infamous Cardiac Hill, a new “open-air structure” is being implemented, trees are being planted, and sloping sidewalks and handrails are being updated. Also, the University has redone their tennis courts, which were dedicated in October of 2018. According to gomocs.com, the new tennis courts now include “six outdoor courts, coaches offices and locker rooms.” The old Lupton Library, which will be called Lupton Hall, is also being renovated. After its completion, it will host the College of Arts and Sciences, and both the Women’s and Multicultural Centers.
Here is a link to a YouTube video created about the Lupton Library renovation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nVQca3zt8s&t=2s
A major change that has impacted UTC’s campus and students was the dedication of the business school to Gary W. Rollins, a University of Tennessee business school alumnus who donated a generous $40 million – the largest private gift in UTC history. Rollins stated, “…the College of Business has been a driving force in helping the Chattanooga region’s economic growth which, in turn, has made southeastern Tennessee one of the nation’s most desirable destinations,” (blog.utc.edu). With Gary W. Rollins’ donation and support, the University has the opportunity to make even more of an impact on students and potential students both.
Between the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years, UTC has seen a small, but promising growth in student numbers. With the many projects underway at the University, there is certainly the chance that student numbers will grow.
Overall, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is taking strides to better their campus, which will surely affect student outcomes for the better.