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East Tennessee State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Learn about its admission info, academic programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About East Tennessee State University

Founded in 1911, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) began as the East Tennessee State Normal School. It became a university in 1963, and today, it has 2 campuses in addition to the main Johnson City location. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's graduate rural medicine program 3rd and family medicine education program 19th for 'America's Best Graduate Schools.' In addition, The Princeton Review named ETSU a 'Best Southeastern College.'


ETSU has 9 colleges and 2 schools with more than 100 degrees programs. There are 5 colleges at ETSU serving as the health science center for the Tennessee Board of Regents System. The Quillen College of Medicine and College of Nursing emphasize the practice of rural medicine. The College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences has departments in audiology and speech language pathology, physical therapy and allied health sciences.

The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and offers a Pharmacy Experience Program and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Departments within the College of Public Health include biostatistics and epidemiology, health services administration, environmental health, health sciences and community and behavioral health.

Within in the College of Arts and Sciences, students can enroll in programs related to chemistry, mathematics and statistics, psychology, social work and geosciences. The college is also home to the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, which has programs in music, digital media, storytelling and theater.

The Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education, College of Business and Technology, Honors College, School of Continuing Studies and School of Graduate Studies make up the other 5 colleges and schools. In the Clemmer College of Education, departments include educational leadership and policy analysis; human development and learning; kinesiology, leisure and sport sciences; and curriculum and instruction. There are 6 departments in the College of Business and Technology, which include accountancy, computer and information science, economics and finance and military science.


Prospective freshmen under the age of 21 must submit an ETSU application, proof of required high school coursework, SAT or ACT test scores and high school transcripts. A dual admission program is available for students at certain Tennessee community colleges who plan to enroll in bachelor's programs at ETSU. In order to gain admission into a graduate program, there are general requirements as well as specific requirements according to the field of study.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In-state ETSU students paid $6,271 per year for tuition in 2011-2012, while out-of-state students paid $19,831. There is no difference in other expenses: students paid about $7,338 for on-campus room and board, $1,090 in books and supplies and $8,056 in other living expenses. Choosing to live off campus raises a student's room and board to approximately $10,219. In 2011-2012, in-state graduate students paid approximately $7,280 per year, while out-of-state graduate students paid about $20,196.

Tennessee residents and those in some bordering North Carolina counties who apply as freshmen may be eligible for scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Scholarship awards are based on high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. A variety of other scholarships are also available, including those awarded by the university, specific departments and a lottery.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral degree programs and undergrad and grad certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 12,539 undergraduates, 2,711 graduates (fall 2011)**
Student Housing 2 men's, 3 women's and 5 co-ed residence halls; 2 apartment complexes*
Schools and Programs 9 colleges, 2 schools and more than 100 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) For 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (229)
Master's: Registered Nursing (74)
Doctoral: Pharmacy (72)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 19% in 4 years
43% in 6 years
47% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 85% (fall 2011)**
First-Year Retention Rates 70% full-time; 57% part-time (2010-2011)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Fall term: August 15
Spring term: December 15*
Tuition Per year: $6,271 in-state; $19,831 out-of-state (2011-2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010- 2011: Federal grants (50%), state and local grants and scholarships (70%), institutional scholarships and grants (13%), federal loans (47%), other loans (1%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 94% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *East Tennessee State University; **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Box 70731, Johnson City, TN 37614
  • Phone: (423) 439-4213
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