East Tennessee State University

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Also known as ETSU, East Tennessee State University is the state's fourth largest and is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system, the nation's sixth largest. Located in Johnson City, East Tennessee State also has off-campus centers in the towns of Elizabethton, Greeneville, and Kingsport.

East Tennessee State celebrated its centennial in 2011. It had a record enrollment of more than 15,000 students in fall 2010 and continues to remain at that level with 15,133 currently enrolled. It has been tapped by The Princeton Review as a Best Value College and includes unique programs such as a program in bluegrass, old time and country music as well as the country's only master's degree in storytelling.

The school is comprised of 11 colleges and schools: the Clemmer College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, Gatton College of Pharmacy, Honors College, Quillen College of Medicine, School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach and School of Graduate Studies. Online programs are offered through the Desire2Learn learning management system.

East Tennessee State is accredited by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.


The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Buccaneers and compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. The 2006-07 school year was particularly triumphant for East Tennessee State, with seven All-Sport trophies. The following year saw three team titles, followed by five team titles and then three team titles in subsequent years.

Men's sports are baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, cross country and track and field, while women's sports are golf, soccer, cross country, basketball, tennis, volleyball and track and field.

Library System

The Charles C. Sherrod Library encompasses nearly 200,000 gross square feet, as well as the Quillen Congressional Office and Library on its fourth floor. This is a replica of longtime U.S. congressional representative James Quillen and includes Quillen's memorabilia.

The library is named after the school's second president, Dr. Charles C. Sherrod.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

East Tennessee State offers scholarships, grants, loans and work programs to help students defray the cost of attendance. Other resources include external scholarships, a state employee discount, teacher's dependent fee discount, University of Tennessee spouse or dependent's fee discount, Tennessee Board of Regent spouse or dependent's fee discount and veteran's discounts.

Student Housing

The school offers a variety of housing options. Men's residence halls are Dossett and Powell, while women's are Carter, Luntsford Apartments and West Hall. Co-ed residence halls are Centennial, Davis Apartments, Governors Hall, Lucille Clement and Stone Hall. Apartment-style living is featured at Buccaneer Ridge and Buccaneer Ridge Phase 5.

General Information

Admission Office

ETSU Box 70731

Johnson City, TN 37614

(423) 439-4213

(800) 462-3878

Fax: (423) 439-4630

[email protected]

Contact: Michael Pitts

Director of Admissions
Main Address

807 University Parkway

Johnson City, TN 37614

(423) 439-1000


Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,654


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $15

Online application fee: $15
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 90%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Special Education B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology – General B
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Hygiene B
Environmental Health B
Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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