See what students say:


East Tennessee State University provides a quality education at an affordable cost, which draws many students from the surrounding area. As one student quips, "We offer good education cheap." ETSU students say they appreciate the curriculum that focuses on "preparing you to graduate and be professional prepared for the workforce." Students also praise the school's academic offerings: "Some of the classes offered are not offered at other schools," like a course on bluegrass out of the Appalachian Studies department, which celebrates and "pays homage" to the cultural "heritage of the mountains." The Honors College is "one huge gem" of the university. One student explains, "The University Honors Scholars program is what made the final decision for me [to attend ETU]." Across the university, students agree that "most of my professors are very well-rounded and know what they teach." An honors student agrees: "I have adored being in the Honors College and only have good things to say about it and my other classes at ETSU."

Student Body

Many ETSU students hail from "the East Appalachian area and have a lot of pride for the area they grew up in." Students here "are goal-oriented people who have big plans and dreams for their futures" and report "low [levels of] unhappiness with college." While the majority of students hail from the surrounding area, students are quick to point out that the international student population represents many different cultures and nationalities. Students feel like the student body is friendly and just the right size: "We're large enough to attract all types of students from all over the world, but small enough for there to be a sense of camaraderie and to hear the word y'all thrown around here and there." There is a mix of on-campus and commuting students, but everyone is "friendly, encouraging, respectful of one another, and a community." A current student sums up the vibe on campus: "ETSU has an interesting mix of people. It is a fairly progressive campus, especially for the region it is located in," and the "majority of the student body is fairly open and affirming to peers from a variety of backgrounds" including the school's "growing queer (LGBTQ+) population."

Campus Life

Student life at ETSU is "laid back": "The campus itself is beautiful," so when the weather is nice it is "common to see students hula hooping, playing guitar, or reading in their ENO [hammock]." Students take advantage of the "gorgeous library" or study "under the ginkgo tree." "Every Thursday beginning in the spring our local Farmer's Market comes to campus to give the students an opportunity to support local farms and vendors." Students can take in the beautiful landscape off-campus in the "Tree Streets [area] and on The Tweetsie Trail," "camp in the nearby mountains, or kayak on the Nolichucky." For nightlife, "the downtown area in Johnson City is growing and becoming a fun hotspot" with "many great restaurants, shopping, and events." Additionally, Johnson City offers a new park and several new breweries and "there is always good music playing at one of the bars downtown."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Dr. Brian Henley
Director of Admissions

Box 70731
Johnson City, TN 37614-0731



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

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


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.


Applicants: 8,253
Acceptance Rate: 79%
Average HS GPA: 3.40



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