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East Tennessee State University Overview

East Tennessee State University is a public institution situated in Johnson City, Tennessee. Johnson City is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is East Tennessee State University Known For?

2,480 Undergraduate Awards
$29,781 Avg Cost After Aid
85% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at ETSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 61% of the faculty were full-time.

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East Tennessee State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

ETSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#219 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at ETSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Most Popular Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular General Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Most Popular Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#71 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#107 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Most Popular Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards ETSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#74 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#78 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#88 Best Health Professions Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#92 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is East Tennessee State University?

Location of East Tennessee State University

Contact details for ETSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1276 Gilbreath Drive, Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: 423-439-1000
Website: www.etsu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/easttennesseestateuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/etsu

How Do I Get Into ETSU?

You can apply to ETSU online at: www.etsu.edu/admissions/#student_type

Admission Requirements for ETSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into ETSU?

85% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
5% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 85%, ETSU is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 85%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 5% of students accepted to ETSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 490 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 470 to 590 )
200
800
ETSU received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.

ACT English Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 17 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford East Tennessee State University?

$29,781 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
9.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ETSU is $29,781. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At ETSU, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $5,718 a year. That adds up to $22,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ETSU is 9.6%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

East Tennessee State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,228 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 11,153 undergraduate students at ETSU, with 9,228 being full-time and 1,925 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  ETSU

There are also 3,038 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,228 full-time undergraduates at ETSU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  ETSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of East Tennessee State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of ETSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 133
Black or African American 587
Hispanic or Latino 304
White 7,477
International Students 222
Other Races/Ethnicities 505

Geographic Diversity

Tennessee students aren't the only ones who study at East Tennessee State University. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 76 countries are represented at ETSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and China.

Online Learning at East Tennessee State University

2,060 Took All Classes Online
7,955 Took At Least One Class Online
13.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at ETSU. In 2017-2018, 7,955 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at ETSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 29th most popular in Tennessee for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of ETSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at East Tennessee State University was 13.2%. This is the #1,143 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at ETSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of ETSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 1%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at ETSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at ETSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology #2
Dental Support Services #16
Human Services #25
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #28
Allied Health Professions #35
Public Health #38
Special Education #75
Teacher Education Subject Specific #85
Public Administration & Social Service #94
Teacher Education Grade Specific #114
Educational Administration #122
Health & Medical Administrative Services #139
Criminal Justice & Corrections #169
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #189
Nursing #240
Education #295
Health Professions #389

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

East Tennessee State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 335 3 114 22 474
Business Administration & Management 163 3 73 10 249
Health & Physical Education 138 0 38 5 181
Social Work 84 0 54 0 138
General Psychology 124 0 6 6 136
Teacher Education Grade Specific 64 3 64 4 135
Liberal Arts General Studies 125 0 5 0 130
Accounting 100 0 29 0 129
Public Health 50 7 64 2 123
General Biology 81 0 18 9 108
Communication & Media Studies 78 0 22 0 100
Criminal Justice & Corrections 90 3 7 0 100
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 21 0 0 74 95
Computer Information Systems 79 0 11 0 90
General Engineering Technology 68 0 22 0 90
Other Health Professions 72 10 1 0 83
Marketing 81 0 0 0 81
Allied Health Professions 72 0 0 0 72
Human Services 50 0 21 0 71
Human Development & Family Studies 62 0 0 0 62
Educational Administration 0 18 20 23 61
Medicine 0 0 0 60 60
Finance & Financial Management 59 0 0 0 59
General English Literature 48 0 10 0 58
Dental Support Services 49 0 0 0 49
History 36 2 9 0 47
Communication Sciences 0 0 31 10 41
Graphic Communications 40 0 0 0 40
Chemistry 26 0 12 0 38
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 35 35
Mathematics 18 0 14 0 32
Fine & Studio Arts 27 0 2 0 29
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 17 0 10 0 27
Political Science & Government 27 0 0 0 27
Student Counseling 0 0 24 0 24
Sociology 20 0 4 0 24
Special Education 16 1 6 0 23
Music 23 0 0 0 23
Business/Managerial Economics 20 0 0 0 20
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 20 0 0 0 20
Design & Applied Arts 20 0 0 0 20
Anthropology 19 0 0 0 19
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 0 7 0 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 10 4 0 14
Drama & Theater Arts 11 0 0 0 11
Writing Studies 10 0 0 0 10
Instructional Media Design 0 0 9 0 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 7 0 0 7
Engineering-Related Technologies 7 0 0 0 7
Area Studies 0 3 4 0 7
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 6 0 0 6
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 6 0 0 6
Philosophy 5 0 0 0 5
Physics 4 0 0 0 4
Economics 4 0 0 0 4
International Relations & National Security 4 0 0 0 4
Ethnic Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Teaching English or French 0 1 0 0 1
Geography & Cartography 0 1 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,480 84 715 260 3,539

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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