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East Tennessee State University

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


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  • Level

    4 Years

  • Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

    Not applicable

  • Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.


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  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a public university in Johnson City, Tennessee. The faculty is governed by an institutional Board of Trustees. It is the fourth-largest university in the state and has off-campus centers in nearby Kingsport and Elizabethton. It is often ranked as one of the top schools in the United States for rural medicine and primary care education; the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, and the recently formed College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

The University was founded in1911 as East Tennessee State Normal School to educate teachers, then it officially became a college in 1925 and changed its name to East Tennessee State Teachers College. The college became East Tennessee State University in 1963, adopting the name it holds today. The college provides a scholarly and creative activity that enhances the teaching and learning environment and benefits the regional, national, and global communities served.

  • University has more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate students on the university’s campuses.

  • University provides scholarships on the basis of student’s academic achievements, proven leadership, and extracurricular activities.

  • The acceptance rate of the university is 87%.

  • The student to faculty ratio is 16:1.

  • University offers an online bachelor’s degree as well as master’s degree programs. 

  • Based on the U.S. News data, it’s quite easy to get into the university, for fall 2018  for every 100 applicants, 87 are admitted. 

  • Nursing, Liberal arts general studies, Health and Physical education, General Psychology, and Criminal justice and creations are the most popular majors in the university.

Location & Contact




1276 Gilbreath Drive


Based on the U.S. News, the current ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities is #293 - #381

Other than this East Tennessee State University ranks:

  • 80th out of 1,692 Most Conservative Colleges in America.

  • 222nd out of 618 Best Colleges for Nursing in America.

  • 303th out of 668 top Public Universities in America.

  • 252nd out 1407 of Best College  Athletics in America.

  • 324th out of 1,417 of Best College Campuses in America.


  • Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


  • Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


  • SAT Range

    970 - 1180



  • ACT Range

    20 - 27

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • Accept Common App


It is selective with an acceptance rate of 87%. Faculty does not conduct any interview process previously, but now the university announces the test-optional policy.

Last year, 6,978 out of 8,009 applicants were admitted making faculty a moderate competitive university to get into with a median chance for acceptance for qualifying applicants.

Academically it has an average requirement for admission test scores.

The average SAT score requirement is 1060 on the 1600 SAT scale and an average ACT score should be 23. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The application deadline for admission is August 15. For more information, you can visit the official website.

Annual Cost to Attend

  • Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


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  • Room And Board The charges for an academic year for ooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Total One Year Cost


The average annual cost to attend varies depending upon the program an applicant applies for.

The average annual list price to attend the university on a full-time basis is $11,062 for in-state residents. The fee comprises $7,080 for tuition,$8,472 for room and board, $1,276  for books and supplies, and $5,385 for other expenses.

Although scholarships are provided by the university on the basis of student’s academic achievements, proven leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities according to both in their schools and their communities. 


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


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Study Abroad


Most Popular Majors:

  • Registered Nursing, Administration,...

    300 Graduates

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

    159 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    157 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    117 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    106 Graduates

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    106 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    87 Graduates

  • Public Health

    76 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    106 Graduates

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    106 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    87 Graduates

  • Public Health

    76 Graduates

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

    73 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    72 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    66 Graduates

  • Health Professions and Related Clin...

    66 Graduates

  • Engineering Technology, General

    65 Graduates

  • Social Work

    65 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    60 Graduates

  • Computer and Information Sciences,...

    59 Graduates

  • Human Development, Family Studies,...

    57 Graduates

  • Marketing

    57 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    56 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature, Ge...

    50 Graduates

  • Dental Support Services and Allied...

    42 Graduates

  • History

    41 Graduates

  • Human Services, General

    41 Graduates

  • Graphic Communications

    37 Graduates

  • Fine and Studio Arts

    33 Graduates

  • Music

    32 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    30 Graduates

  • Sociology

    30 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    26 Graduates

  • Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

    23 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    22 Graduates

  • Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Se...

    16 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    16 Graduates

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

    15 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    15 Graduates

  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences,...

    15 Graduates

  • Design and Applied Arts

    14 Graduates

  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

    14 Graduates

  • Economics

    12 Graduates

  • Engineering-Related Technologies

    11 Graduates

  • Anthropology

    10 Graduates

  • Special Education and Teaching

    10 Graduates

  • Business/Managerial Economics

    9 Graduates

  • Physics

    9 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    4 Graduates

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

    1 Graduates

  • Geography and Cartography

    1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

85% / 15%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander


Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$47,641 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


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Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around N/A.

Meal Plan Available


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Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

navy blue and old gold

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Southern Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country





Track and Field

Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country





Track and Field


Campus Security

The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. At ETSU, $8,242 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. There are around 41% male and 59% female students enrolled at the university.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$15,000 - $27,000

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$156 - $280

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


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Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


The institute alo provides financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants. University’s Office of Financial Assistance is available to help students and their families through the financial aid application process. To access the financial aid of the university, the applicant has to fill the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

By learning about the various sources of aid and the application process, you can make sure that you get the most financial aid as possible. Completing the application process before the assigned deadlines will give you a better opportunity to secure your financial aid.

The federal code number is 003487.

  • The average financial aid package for incoming first-year students is $14,725. Approximately 93% of new students obtain some form of financial aid, the majority which is in the form of scholarships and grants.

  • About 37% of new students were awarded scholarships.

  • About 51% of first-year students got a federal grant, averaging $5,727 per person.

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan is the option available for graduates and undergraduate students.

  • Another financing option includes the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, which has competitive rates and repayment terms, but the parent’s creditworthiness must be assessed first.

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