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.
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.
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.
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.
are able to choose from over 240 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.
ETSU strives to keep tuition costs balanced and affordable, with the hope of lowering the costs of higher education through federal, state, and institutional financial aid. This means you’ll be getting a great education without mounds of student debt. In 2015-2016, the total cost of in-state tuition for a full-time undergraduate student, living on campus (including books) was roughly $16,967. For commuters, the total cost equaled roughly $8,477. If you qualify for the $4,000 Tennessee Lottery Scholarship, ETSU’s tuition becomes even more affordable.
Calculation based on annual cost data from all public and private 4-year institutions in the U.S in the year 2013. Source:U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). Digest of Education Statistics, 2011 (NCES 2012-001), Chapter 3.
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.
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:
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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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