Colleges & Universities

Whether you are looking for a two-year degree, undergraduate four-year degree, or post-secondary graduate degree, McMinn County colleges offers it all.  There are also multiple choices for higher education in the region with our convenient location to Chattanooga and Knoxville. The following highlights both local and regional post-secondary education opportunities.

The Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs provides students a last-dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.  



Located in McMinn County in the City of Athens, Tennessee Wesleyan University, is a liberal-arts university associated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The student population is approximately 1,100 students with a 16:1 student-faculty ratio.  The college offers over 30 undergraduate majors and graduate master’s degrees in Curriculum Leadership and Business Administration.  They also offer articulation agreements with Tennessee Technology  University for enineering degrees.  Tennessee Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. 


 The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) s Tennessee’s flagship university.  Located within 50 miles of McMinn County, the university has a student population of 21,033 undergraduate and 6,138 graduate students.  The average first-time freshman ACT is 27.  The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.  The University of Tennessee Knoxville has 11 colleges and offers over 300 degree programs and employees 9,791 faculty and staff.


 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is located in the City of Chattanooga within 46 miles of McMinn County.  The university has a student population of 10,287 undergraduate and 1,377 graduate students.  The national mean ACT composite for first-time freshmen is 21.7.  UTC has a total of 1,053 full-time equivalent faculty and staff.  Over 100 undergraduate degree and 45 graduate degree programs are offered at UTC. 


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