Students Say

East Tennessee State University is "a decent mid-sized state university" that "attempts to give a solid education to students who might otherwise not be able to attend college." It has the "best nursing program around" and "is all about science and medicine," although it also focuses on unique subjects like "Appalachian studies and bluegrass." "Consisting mainly of students from the three closest counties," ESTU feels like "home away from home" for many students in the area. "The community here is amazing!" one happy student says.

Overview

Applicants
5,252
Acceptance Rate
92%
Average HS GPA
3.36

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
410 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

East Tennessee State University is "a decent mid-sized state university" that "attempts to give a solid education to students who might otherwise not be able to attend college." It has the "best nursing program around" and "is all about science and medicine," although it also focuses on unique subjects like "Appalachian studies and bluegrass." "Consisting mainly of students from the three closest counties," ESTU feels like "home away from home" for many students in the area. "The community here is amazing!" one happy student says. "Students with common interests can be found in multitudes throughout campus." Although ESTU is "a suitcase school and with more than 16,000 students and more than half live off campus," the "parking is a nightmare." "There are times when students drive around for up to an hour before finding a parking spot." Some students feel that the university could use more academic rigor and that it is "not very competitive," allowing students "to stand out if minimal effort is exerted." "It's about 50/50, professors being accessible and responding to concerns and questions in a timely manner. But, overall my academic experience has been positive," one student says. "The majority of the professors are wonderful…and they are eager to help if you have any problems." One student sums ETSU up as being all about "a good education, meeting new friends, having new experiences, and making dreams of a better future come true."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
897
with Terminal Degree

457
Women
440
Men
133
Minority
14
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
20%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
43%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering Technology, General
  • Surveying Technology/Surveying

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Speech and Rhetorical Studies

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Kenny Chesney
Country Music Recording Artist

Herbert Theodore Milburn
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, 6th Circuit

Timothy Busfield
Actor

Oliver Buck Revell, III
Pres, Revell Group; former Assoc Dep Dir, FBI

Clyde Farnsworth
Dir of Bank Operations, Federal Reserve Board

Bill Kovach
Curator of the Nieman Foundation, Harvard

Keith Jennings
Former NBA point guard

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
20%
Graduate in 5 years
37%
Graduate in 6 years
43%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics


Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,828
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,498
Required Fees
$1,649
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

There are two basic types of student at ETSU, one student explains. "The traditional and non-traditional student. The traditional student is interested in campus activities, the Greek community, and more technologically motivated." Non-traditional students are often commuters, and they "do not get involved with campus organizations." "ETSU is a melting pot" containing students "from all over the world, all walks of life, every age, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background." "There is a lot of diversity that adds to the overall experience," although "a good majority of students are female" And most students "tend to be religious" as one might expect "with the school being located in the Bible belt." "The way people treat each other is such a welcome relief," says a geology major." It's not that everyone is nice, it's just that the day-to-day campus experience is so positive and non-judgmental." However, other students say "there are a lot of cliques," and if you are not a part of one it is "hard to fit in!"

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
11,550
Out of State

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
63

Demographics

2.57%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
1.36%
Asian
6.32%
African-American
2.15%
Hispanic
83.93%
Caucasian
1.08%
Unknown
3.05%
International

57% female
43% male
83% are full time
17% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at ETSU is laid-back, and students enjoy activates such as "going to eat with friends, watching movies, [and] going to parties." "Johnson City is obviously not Nashville, but there are plenty of events to attend around town" for students who want to go off campus. Many students do, especially to find restaurants, as students "get tired of campus food." "The cafeteria here is not really" worth going to as "it mainly offers fast food, which it not good for [one's] health." There are a lot of religious students on campus who may skip the partying to "go to Bible studies and hang out with friends by either eating dinner or watching a movie." "The school's campus is completely drug-free as of August 2008," one student says. "This is wonderful and helps prevent the awful effects of secondhand smoke!" Note that "Ashville is over an hour away, and Knoxville is over two hours. They are not an ‘easy drive' to get to."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
20%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
55%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
13

5% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Buccaneers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Buccaneers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.etsu.edu/students/sorc/

Minority Support Groups: www.etsu.edu/students/sorc/

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dr. Brian Henley
Director of Admissions

Address
Box 70731
Johnson City, TN 37614-0731

Phone
423-439-4213

Email
go2etsu@etsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Memorial Center
New Sherrod Library
New Physical Activities Center
The Cave- a unique pizza pub located in the DP Culp Center. Built around a huge rock formation, indoors
Amphitheater- Natural stone + earth outdoor theater.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bristol Motor Speedway
Jonesborough- oldest town in Tennessee
Nolichucky River- great whitewater rafting
Roan Mountain State Park is the place to go for camping, hiking + a new view of the world's largest natural rhododendron gardens.
Pigeon Forge + Gatlinburg, TN - home to outlet malls with great shopping. (about 11/2 hours from campus).
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol. Many parks in area. Appalachian Trail.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 a.m. + 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Daily

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
go2etsu@etsu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Tri-cities Airport in Blountville, TN is about 25 minutes from campus; vans, limousine services, and rental cars are available to campus. Greyhound buses also operate to Johnson City. Taxis are available at the bus station for the 2-mile ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traveling on I-81 N. or S. take exit 57 toward Johnson City onto I-26 E. Take exit 31; turn left onto University Parkway. The Campus is located about 1 mile on the left.

Local Accommodations
All lodging within a 15 min drive to campus Hampton Inn (508 N. st. of Franklin) 423-929-8000, Garden Plaza (211 Mockingbird Lane) (800) 342-7336, Holiday Inn (101 W. Springbrook Drive) 800-465-4329, Fairfield Inn (207 East Mountcastle Drive) 800-228-2800, Red Roof Inn (210 Broyles Drive) 800 843-7663, the Carnegie Hotel (St. of Franklin - directly across- from campus. 423-979-6400.
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Key Stats

5,252
Applicants
11,550
Size
92%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists