East Tennessee State University

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807 University Parkway

Johnson City, TN 37614-0000

Phone: (423) 439-1000
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East Tennessee State University is a public institution that was founded in 1911. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,267, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 366 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. East Tennessee State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,697 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,372 (2013-14).

Located in Johnson City, East Tennessee State University attracts many local commuters. In fact, the university reports that the majority of its students live off campus. For students who do wish to live on campus, the university offers undergraduate, graduate and family housing options. The ETSU Buccaneers play in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference, and East Tennessee State traditionally fields competitive basketball teams.

In addition to its undergraduate major options, East Tennessee State University has a variety of graduate degree programs, too, including those through the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, which is particularly well regarded for primary care; the College of Business and Technology; and the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education. Notable alumni of East Tennessee State University include country music star Kenny Chesney and Michelle Livengood, former senior vice president of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

East Tennessee State University opened in 1911 as a Normal School to provide well-educated teachers for the local schools. Today, ETSU places emphasis on community-based partnerships and interdisciplinary learning as a leader in improving the intellectual, cultural, economic, political, social, and health environments of the Southern Appalachian region. Programs offered through nine colleges and schools concentrate on arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences, and technology. ETSU achieves recognition for its unique focus on the health and wellness of the people of the region through its Division of Health Sciences, including the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, and Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1911
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $100,111,731


When applying to East Tennessee State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at East Tennessee State University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 89.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 89.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at East Tennessee State University is 19:1, and the school has 41.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at East Tennessee State University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 21%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 7%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6%
Education 5%

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Student Life

East Tennessee State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,267, with a gender distribution of 43.3 percent male students and 56.7 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. East Tennessee State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,133
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

East Tennessee State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. East Tennessee State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at East Tennessee State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At East Tennessee State University, 62 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,727.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $7,697 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,372 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,908 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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