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

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.

East Tennessee State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (423) 439-1000
Website: www.etsu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.etsu.edu/admissions/#student_type
Address: 1276 Gilbreath Drive, Johnson City, TN 37614
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 14,191
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,205 (44% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $9,259
Out-of-state Tuition: $27,406
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,711

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

East Tennessee State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at East Tennessee State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 111
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3121
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2541
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 12
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Education 82102
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 21
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 11966
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1231
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 32
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 261
Visual and Performing Arts 61
Grand total 32534312

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at East Tennessee State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,259
Out-of-state $27,406
Books and supplies $1,276

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,559
Out-of-state $25,679

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,868 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,766 90% $8,711
Student loan aid 901 46% $6,015

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,778 69% $10,119
Federal student loans 5,100 45% $10,900

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for East Tennessee State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled East Tennessee State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 7,695 2,833 4,862
Percent admitted 100% 87% 85%
Percent admitted who enrolled 23% 26% 21%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

East Tennessee State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 14,191
Undergraduate enrollment 11,153
Graduate enrollment 3,038

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

East Tennessee State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does 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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