Chances of getting into East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
87.1%
Admission Difficulty for East Tennessee State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into ETSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 87% acceptance rate ranking it #35 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,978 out of 8,009 applicants were admitted making East Tennessee State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has average requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent. East Tennessee State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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ETSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
970-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT
3%
SAT Scores for East Tennessee State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 970
SAT Scores for East Tennessee State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1080

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to East Tennessee State University?

East Tennessee State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 66 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. The school ranks #20 in Tennessee for highest average SAT composite score. 3 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

East Tennessee State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1180 and Above Good >92%
1075 to 1180 Avg + 87%-92%
970 to 1075 Avg - 80%-87%
865 to 970 Reach 70%-80%
Less than 865 Low <70%
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ETSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
88%
ACT Scores for East Tennessee State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for East Tennessee State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into ETSU?

Admission data indicates that ETSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in Tennessee for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 88 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to East Tennessee State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

East Tennessee State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >92%
23 to 27 Avg + 87%-92%
20 to 23 Avg - 81%-87%
17 to 20 Reach 73%-81%
Less than 17 Low <73%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.3
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into East Tennessee State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at East Tennessee State University was 3.3 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #24 in Tennessee for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.3 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as ETSU accepts 87% of all applicants.

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Admission Statistics

East Tennessee State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,006 3,003 8,009
Accepted 4,348 2,630 6,978
Acceptance Rate 87% 88% 87%
Enrolled 1,182 794 1,976
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 30% 28%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to East Tennessee State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

East Tennessee State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at East Tennessee State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

Frequently Asked Questions

3% of students submit their SAT scores to ETSU. 88% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

87% of those who apply are granted admission to ETSU. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1180. 3% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 27. 88% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.