Brian Henley, Admissions Director

 

We're glad that you’re interested in applying to East Tennessee State University! You will find many great opportunities here. This page will provide you with step-by-step guidance through the application process. We also have admissions counselors who can help you at any time. So let’s get started!

 
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Throughout the application process, you may need to be reminded of a few dates, or check out some important pages. We thought it would help you a little if we listed some need-to-know dates and links here.

Requirements for Admission
Cost & Financial Aid
Academics
Campus Life
Freshman and Transfer Students
Application
 

Getting financial assistance to help pay for school, is important. Here are some critical deadlines that you need to be aware of to be sure that you get all the money that might be available to you.

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We know one of your big concerns will be how to pay for your education. Don’t worry, we have many options to help offset the out-of-pocket costs, and we’ve outlined these for you in this section. Tuition pays for your courses, covering the cost of the professors and the facilities used to teach the classes. Use the Tuition Estimator to calculate cost of tuition.

Estimate Your Cost to Attend (Tuition and Program Service Fee)

This tuition amount includes the program service fee. The program service fee makes it possible to have things like computer labs, recreational facilities and extra library services available to enrich your experience on campus. You can also find more detailed information about fees and other costs. Note: Some programs on campus add fees for their specific discipline. These are called incidental fees and are applied by some departments.

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Residency and Tuition

Students are classified as In-State or Out of State residents for fee payment purposes. If you are interested in more information regarding the requirements for classification as an in-State student and opportunities for fee waivers, please our residency section.

Do you live in VA, NC, KY, or WV?

You may qualify for our border county tuition waiver. Also, check out our regional scholarships that will reduce your tuition by 60% if you live in certain counties! Visit our interactive map to see if you qualify. (Hurry, the application deadline is March 1 each year)

Scholarships can significantly reduce or even eliminate your tuition cost. As an in-state student, the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship can cut costs in half. There are many scholarships available students. Some scholarships are based on where you live, some on GPA and others on your chosen major or program of study. See our scholarship website for more information on all the scholarships that are available to you.
Student worker positions are also an option to help lower overall costs. You can search and apply for jobs on campus. If you are asked for an interview and get the job, you will work for a department on campus and either get paid directly or work as part of a work study scholarship. The pay and number of hours varies depending on the position and type of work-study you apply for. Find about more about work study positions, then browse the available positions.
Grants are a type of financial aid based on a student’s need. Grants do not have to be repaid. For more information about the types of grants and to see if you qualify, visit the grants page of our finaicial aid website.
Student and parent loans are available to help you with the cost of attending school. These are loans from private and government sources, and must be repaid with interest. Find out more about the available loans and how to qualify.
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You’re ready to apply? Great! The first step is choosing your current situation. Below, you will find steps for the admissions process that is specific to YOU. Just click the link below that best describes you...or...skip this, just take me to the application login

If you already know the steps, you can start your application now. If there is anything on the application that is confusing or too difficult to understand, don't worry about it. Our counselors are here to answer those questions.

Application Deadlines – General Admission

We give you plenty of time to get your application for admission finished. You need to be formally admitted (have your application complete and all necessary paperwork turned in) by the following dates:

  • August 15 - Fall Semester
  • December 15 - Spring Semester

Application Deadlines – Financial Aid

If you want or need scholarships or other financial aid to help pay for school, you need to apply early and pay close attention to deadlines. Here are just some of the deadlines.

  • March 1 – applications due for general university scholarships
  • January 1-30 - complete FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid)
  • April 15 FAFSA must be completed and verified
  • Dec 15 – freshman applications for Academic Performance Scholarships due
  • June 1 – all awards on GoldLink must be accepted or declined and all student requirements must be received and complete for aid to be ready at start of Fall classes.

View financial aid deadlines and scholarship deadlines

 

Overview of the Enrollment Process

  • Keep the login and pin you created and use it for checking your application status!
  • Submit necessary information and documentation
  • Pay application fee before submitting completed application
The application welcome letter (view a sample letter) contains information about any outstanding requirements on your application. It also provides your ETSU Username and contains instructions for activating what's called your Active Directory (AD) Account. Your Active Directory account is your permanent ETSU login that you will use to access all ETSU systems across campus while you are a student.
  • Your Active Directory Account (ETSU Username and password) is used for GoldLink, GoldMail, and D2L)
  • GoldLink = gateway to ETSU e-services you need
  • GoldMail = ETSU's Student Email System
  • D2L (Desire 2 Learn) = ETSU's Course Management System
  • Use your pin number and password that you created when you started your application to login and check your application status.
  • Check your ETSU student email account (Goldmail) often for updates about your application
  • Begin looking at Housing, Financial Aid, Scholarship options through GoldLink
The acceptance letter (view a sample letter) confirms your acceptance to the university and reminds you of your ETSU username and email address. Your ETSU username is used to activate what's called your Active Directory (AD) Account. Your Active Directory account is your permanent ETSU login that you will use to access all ETSU systems across campus while you are a student. You will create a password for your ETSU username at http://www.etsu.edu/activate/
  • Check your ETSU student email account (Goldmail) often for information about attending an orientation.
  • Begin looking at Housing, Financial Aid, Scholarship options through GoldLink
The State of Tennessee requires that all students enrolled in state colleges and universities meet certain immunization requirements prior to their initial enrollment in the university or college. Students must have the following shots or documentation of immunity before attending an orientation session:
  • 2 MMR shots
  • 2 Chicken Pox shots
  • A Meningococcal/Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Visit our University Health Services website to see a list of immunization requirements and download the necessary forms.

Orientation is designed to get you acquainted with all the systems and services you will need as an ETSU Student. All new students must attend orientation before they begin classes. You should receive an email through your GoldLink account that will provide detailed information about orientation, but here is an overview:
  • If you have not done so already, activate your ETSU Active Directory Account (ETSU username provided in your acceptance letter).
  • Watch the online orientation video (LAUNCH) and take notes.
  • Login to the Orientation System using your ETSU username and password
  • Take the quiz over the orientation video that you watched
  • Pay the $30 new student orientation fee
  • Choose an on-ground orientation date (if you live within 250 miles of the university)

You will register for classes at the on-ground orientation session. If you live more than 250 miles from the university and will not attend and on-ground session, you may register for classes through GoldLink.

 
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Once you have started your application for admission, you will want to keep checking on the progress of your admission. It is important to remember that your application will not be complete until all the paperwork has been received and approved by the Office of Admissions. By logging in to the system where you created your initial application, you can check the status of each item in the application process.

  • Use your pin number and password that you created when you started your application to login and check your application status (this is not your Active Directory ETSU username and password). You can check your application from either of the 2 places mentioned below:
    • Check your status from the login section on this page OR
    • Check your status from within GoldLink. Use your Active Directory account to login to GoldLink. Once in GoldLink, you will see a login to check your application status using your created pin number and password (show me a screenshot).

As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact an admissions counselor or give us a call locally at (423)-439-4213, or call toll-free at 1-800-462-3878.

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Your application is complete and you've been admitted to ETSU! Once the celebration is over, you might be wondering what you need to do next. To answer that question, we have this page, which will walk you through to your first day of classes. See, we really want to make this process easy on you!

Once you're admitted, the most important thing to do is to complete the financial aid process. Those deadlines must be met, especially the deadline for your FAFSA and Scholarship applications. Missing the deadline for FAFSA can delay getting your financial aid for months! Review a list of all deadlines.
The State of Tennessee requires that all students enrolled in state colleges and universities meet certain immunization requirements prior to their initial enrollment in the university or college. Students must have the following shots or documentation of immunity before attending an orientation session:
  • 2 MMR shots
  • 2 Chicken Pox shots
  • A Meningococcal/Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Visit our University Health Services website to see a list of immunization requirements and download the necessary forms.

Scholarships can significantly reduce or even eliminate your tuition cost. As an in-state student, the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship can cut costs in half. There are many scholarships available students. Some scholarships are based on where you live, some on GPA and others on your chosen major or program of study. See our scholarship website for more information on all the scholarships that are available to you.
If you plan on living on campus, you'll want to apply for housing. The earlier that you apply, the better. You can find more information about housing at the Housing website. You may also want to look into a meal plan. For more information on those, check out the Campus Dining Services webpage.

If you live within 250 miles of ETSU, you must come to orientation. This is where you'll meet your academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes. You'll also get your ETSU ID, get a chance to check out the campus, and meet some of your classmates. We even offer a group hike through the mountains, called the Outdoor Adventure, for Freshmen!

Orientation is designed to get you acquainted with all the systems and services you will need as an ETSU Student. All new students must attend orientation before they begin classes. You should receive an email through your GoldLink account that will provide detailed information about orientation, but here is an overview:

  • If you have not done so already, activate your ETSU Active Directory Account (ETSU username provided in your acceptance letter).
  • Watch the online orientation video (LAUNCH) and take notes.
  • Login to the Orientation System using your ETSU username and password
  • Take the quiz over the orientation video that you watched
  • Pay the $30 new student orientation fee
  • Choose an on-ground orientation date (if you live within 250 miles of the university)

You will register for classes at the on-ground orientation session. If you live more than 250 miles from the university and will not attend and on-ground session, you may register for classes through GoldLink.

If you're unable to attend Orientation, you can pick up your ID card at the ID Office in the Culp Center any time after you have registered. There are all kinds of things you can do with your ID. You can use it as a debit card, to access rooms across campus, and more. To learn more about Student ID's, check out the ID Services webpage.

One of the most important deadlines you need to remember is the fee payment deadline. Even if your financial aid covers all tuition and fees, you still need to confirm your attendance before this deadline. We have provided some instructions on how to confirm and pay your fees.

ETSU tries to reduce paper waste as much as possible, so we don't mail a bill to you. You can pay conveniently online on GoldLink, by mail, or in person. For more information on how to pay, check out this page.

Lastly, make sure you pick up a parking sticker for your car! For information about parking stickers, check out the Parking Services webpage.

Once you’re registered and confirmed, you're almost ready for your first day of classes! But first, you will want to find the right books for your classes. You can use our University Bookstore to find and purchase your books. If you'd like, you can even reserve your books online, and we'll hold them for you until you pick them up.
You've finally made it to the first semester! There is only one more thing to do: attend class. Coming to class every day makes it much easier to score big on exams and papers. Your financial aid also depends on your class attendance, so you don't want to miss many meetings. If you're sick, or you have an excuse, just let your instructor know. They're much more willing to help when they know your situation.
Every semester, you'll want to visit your academic advisor. They'll make sure you're on the right path to getting your degree. Your advisor is here to help you with any academic problems you might face, so stay in touch!
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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

Our Admissions Office is always ready to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us

If you have questions about current online degree programs and classes, ask our Office of Online Programs at

We promise we'll take care of you. You can also check out our entire admissions office staff dedicated to help you.

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You’re ready to apply? Great! You can find steps for the admissions process that are specific to YOU, or if you are ready to fill out the application, just get started below.

I am ready to start my application to ETSU

Begin the application process by creating a login and PIN number. Be sure to keep this information, because you will use this to access your application and check on the status.

1) Create a Login ID:
Your Login ID can be up to nine letters and/or numbers.
Do not use your Social Security Number as your Login ID.

2) Create a PIN:
Your PIN should be six digits.

3) Verify PIN:
Please re-enter PIN to verify.

I have started my application and want to check the status

Enter your Login ID and PIN and then select Login

Login ID:

PIN:

Help! I forgot my Login ID or PIN

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