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Utc or Utk?

By infamousdyme84 Feb 23, 2009 863 Words
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is part of the University of Tennessee system, which is a statewide institution governed by a twenty-four member Board of Trustees appointed by the governor of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is run by the same system, making both schools the same but in different locations. Although UTC and UTK are in the same system, there are many reasons as to why UTC is the better school to attend. UTK is a highly populated school and is known to be one of the best party schools in the state of Tennessee. UTK has a campus size of 550 acres with 220 building. That alone is too hectic for students without transportation to and from classes. If the student happens to have transportation to class, being that the campus is so large they mostly likely run into problems with attending class on time. On the other hand, UTC is a much smaller version of UTK and has an organized transportation system for their students. UTC is served by the CARTA (Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority) bus, which runs in route within the UTC Campus. The CARTA offers UTC residents free transportation to and from class. Also if a student were to walk to class from his/her dorm it would take such a long time because the campus has a reasonable walking distance to and from class. UTC has a student body population of 8,656, whereas UTK is that of 30,000. Because UTK is more populated, their student/teacher ratio isn’t as low as that of UTC. UTC has a student/teacher ratio of 18:1, which makes it easier for professors to interact with their students. The professors at UTC are very friendly and actually know students by name, which is very rare in most colleges. At UTC, tutors are offered in all departments of studies. These tutors can be your peers, your professors or even students who are in a higher level of the class that you are having trouble in. Another reason UTC is a better fit then UTK is because UTC has a better educational atmosphere than UTK. UTK, according to U.S. Weekly, is the number eight party school in the country. Since UTC isn’t even ranked as a party school, why not attend a college where you know that you will be more focused on your school work? Isn’t that what college is all about? Although UTC has more of an educational atmosphere, there are still days when parties are thrown on campus. At UTC, Monday through Thursdays are considered study days while Fridays and Saturdays are the let loose days. Usually, on Fridays and Saturdays, fraternities/sororities or a school organizations throw parties, whereas at UTK parties are thrown Monday through Sunday. UTC is a good school to attend if you want a higher education for a reasonable price. UTK charges $5,290 for in-state tuition and $16,360 for out-of-state tuition and this is not including housing. UTC charges $4500 for in-state tuition and $13,528 for out-of-state tuition. As you can see, at UTC you can get a great education and not have to “break your pockets.” UTC also offers a wide range of financial aid grants from the Pell grant to the Hope Scholarship. Diversity is another issue to look at when choosing a college to attend. According to www.collegeboard.com show that UTC is more diverse than UTK. 74% of the UTC student body is white, 22% percent is Black, 2% is Asian and 2% is Hispanic. On the other hand, 83% of the UTK student body is white, 10% is Black, 3% is Asian, and 2% is Hispanic. As you can see, UTC is much more diverse than UTK. Another important point to consider when choosing between UTK and UTC is the whether it has a good sporting organization; that is if you are considering playing a sport. As mentioned earlier UTK is more populated than UTC, so if one were to consider play football, it would be much better to play at smaller division one school (UTC) than a larger division one school (UTK). This is due to the fact that he/she can receive more publicity at UTC than he/she would at UTK. The student will receive more publicity because of the fact that there would less competition at a smaller and it would also give the student more longevity to excel and maybe go on to play a professional sport. Therefore all these issues are very important to consider when attempting to choose the right college, especially if you are torn between UTC and UTK. If one were to choose UTK they wouldn’t be as focused as he/she would be in UTC because there would be too much around on campus for one to stay on point. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being involved with different campus activity, but if student were to attend UTK they possibly can get caught up trying to focus on every campus activity and might forget about their school work.

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