Why students choose ETSU


You're probably wondering, "What sets East Tennessee State University apart?" On this site, you’ll find answers to that question. Whether it's academics, athletics, or our beautiful campus, we think you'll find something different at ETSU, something that fits what you're looking for.

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We offer a wide array of accredited programs, courses and degrees, both on campus and online, which all translate into more options for you. With 11 colleges and schools covering subjects from the humanities to math, science and technology to education and health, ETSU provides extensive opportunities for learning and growth. Within these colleges and schools, there are departments offering 140 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, as well as honors experiences available to a broad spectrum of students in all fields of study. With an average class size of only 23 students, the focus is not only on what you want to be, but who you want to be. At ETSU, you are sure to find the major and minor that you want to pursue.

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One of the greatest things about ETSU...

is surely its location. Johnson City, Tennessee has something to offer everyone and appeal to many interests you might have. There are numerous restaurants, music venues, multi-screen digital cinemas, a thriving Community Theatre, and a number of festivals to fill your nights out on the town. Johnson City ranked 5th in Kiplinger’s 10 Least-Expensive Cities for Living in the U.S.A, so you can enjoy the city life without breaking the bank. If you enjoy the outdoors, Johnson City is surrounded by state parks, hiking trails, biking trails, and more. In addition, Johnson City is only a day’s drive away from half of the US population, so you’ll never be too far from home. ETSU has a major presence in the local economy, giving Johnson City the feeling of a "college town," but with a friendly, low-crime community and a beautiful environment that feels more like home than an extended vacation.

The Region

ETSU is located in the foothills of the rolling Appalachian Mountains of Northeast Tennessee. The area is home to what is known as the tri-cities, made up of Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol. The rich history of the region is woven into the area's recreation, community, and lifestyle, giving the area the feeling of a home away from home. For more information on what the area has to offer, check out netta.com.

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ETSU's 14,000 students...

are able to choose from over 200 student organizations and clubs. With so many options, chances are you’ll find quite a few places to pursue your passions within a diverse community on campus. Whether you want to run for student government, catch a Buccaneers’ game, join an intramural soccer or football team, attend a play or concert, perform in a play, join a band, or prepare for your career, there is something at ETSU waiting for you.

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An ETSU education is a valuable and affordable investment in your future! The Office of Financial Aid and the Scholarship Office are here to assist you in accessing the federal, state, and institutional financial aid for which you may qualify. In 2016-2017, the total cost of in-state tuition for a full-time undergraduate student, living on campus (including books) was roughly $17,713 for the year. For commuters, the total cost equaled roughly $9,761 for the year. You can use the Financial Aid Office’s Cost Calculator and review the Bursar’s Office Tuition and Fee Tables for more specific information.

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If you would like more detailed information on cost, residency status, available scholarships and financial aid, please visit the cost section of our apply page.

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ETSU aims to make the admissions process a little easier on you with our rolling deadline. While there is no firm admission application deadline, it is encouraged that freshmen students apply by February for enrollment in the fall semester of the following year.

Be aware, there are firm deadlines for scholarships and financial aid, so be sure to check the dates and get your information in on time.


What's involved in applying for admission? Well, it depends on where you are as you apply. For example:

  • Are you a high school student, just entering college, or a first time college student (freshman)?
  • Are you already a student at another 2 or 4 year university (transfer)?
  • Are you a student coming to school from out of the country (international)?

If you are a high school counselor, we have a page with information just for you!

Admissions requirements will be slightly different depending on your situation, but everyone will need to:

  • Complete an online application (there is a $25 or $35 application fee)
  • Send us your academic records (high school or college)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT test scores

Please visit our apply page for more specific information or if you are ready you can apply now!

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If you're an athlete, you know firsthand how great it feels to win. It might interest you to know that the ETSU Buccaneers have won conference titles in 14 of their 17 sports over the last six seasons. We have winning teams in NCAA Division I sports from Baseball to Golf. Not only that, but ETSU recently announced the addition of a new football team, with a projected first season in the fall of 2015. Our athletics programs are growing in both size and relevance. If you want to play on a winning team, you need not look much further than ETSU. We have plenty of winning teams waiting for you.

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We'd like to learn more about you. If you'd like to request information and receive prospective student information from ETSU (both electronically and paper), please complete and submit our prospective student information form

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