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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
East Tennessee State is an above-average public university located in Johnson City, Tennessee in the Kingsport Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,533 undergraduate students. The East Tennessee State acceptance rate is 87%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Psychology. Graduating 45% of students, East Tennessee State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,500.
1276 Gilbreath Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614
About East Tennessee State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference

East Tennessee State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

East Tennessee State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
970-1180
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,062/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,213/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.73 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.86 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
5
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    47%
  • On Campus
    44%
  • Online
    9%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,533Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,735
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Relaxed
    41%
  • Eclectic student body
    31%
  • Moderate
    12%
  • Country
    6%
  • New age
    6%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.98 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.118 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • Beautiful.
    37%
  • Reasonable
    17%
  • Local.
    15%
  • Cool
    13%
  • All encompassing
    7%
  • Caring
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.50 responses
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My experience with this university has been a rough one. I started going to classes here in the fall of 2019 as a first generation freshman and some of the facilities were under renovation. Due to this and not being able to stay for the full spring 2020 semester, I was not able to have the full experience of what this school had to offer. What experience I did gather from it, it was a great time! The classes I had taught me all that I expected to learn from them and the teachers were more than willing to help a student, if they asked for some. The housing was fine for living in one of the mixed gender dorms. The food was great with plenty of variety and there are some chain restaurants set up. I'd say overall it's not a shabby university and a great one, if you live in east Tennessee.
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So far my experience at ETSU has been pretty good! The campus is nice (especially in the spring and fall) and there's always some type of activity or event going on to partake in. The professors, at least in the Computer Science department, have been great to work with and for the most part, are very understanding and approachable. The dorms themselves are fine. Some of them are a bit dated but that's to be expected at almost any university.
My experience at East Tennessee State University(in one word) has been great! I transferred from Western Kentucky University. Etsu is in a small town, so it is not too many wild parties. I can actually focus on my work. My past professors never gave up on me. When I would struggle with work, they would really work with me until I understand the assignment. Coming into college I disliked writing essay papers. My first semester here at Etsu, my professor taught me an easy and better way to write my papers, now I actually look forward to writing them. The school has a great variety of food places. My favorite, being, The Market Place, because it gives you the "home-cooked" feeling. Etsu recently built the football stadium and I love watching the football games. Homecoming is the best time of year. They bring the best entertainment, I enjoy the comedy show the most. East Tennessee State University is the school that I would love to receive my Bachelor's degree.