#3 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee

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East Tennessee State University overview
Location Johnson City, Tennessee
Online etsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
East Tennessee State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Established in 1911, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a public institution located in Johnson City, Tennessee, amid the scenic Appalachian Mountains, and within proximity to Knoxville. ETSU houses the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and the Quillen College of Medicine, two of its notably distinguished programs, while offering a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate degrees across various disciplines. The campus features a blend of modern and traditional architectural designs and provides on-campus housing options to accommodate student residence needs. With a moderately selective admissions process, the university attracts a wide array of applicants. ETSU's academic environment is complemented by its research initiatives and community involvement.

In the most recent statistical year 9,609 prospective students applied, and 8,193 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,056 enrolled in the school.  10,276 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,207 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,722 plus fees of $1,952. ETSU is ranked 652 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












ETSU is rated within the lower 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

East Tennessee State University overview
SAT 980/1190
ACT 19/26
Estimated GPA 3.33

Applications Accepted

East Tennessee State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Tennessee Resident Tuition

In State Costs for East Tennessee State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,350
Other Fees$1,952
Room and Board $9,613
Budget for Other Expenses$6,360
Total One Year Cost$26,997

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for East Tennessee State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,350
Other Fees$1,952
Room and Board $9,613
Budget for Other Expenses$6,360
Total One Year Cost$30,807

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$40,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

44% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by East Tennessee State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 20%
Business 16%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 8%
Education 6%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=220075 IPEDS survey data for East Tennessee State University.

Current students may use the East Tennessee State University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.