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Chances of getting into East Tennessee State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
85.9%
Admission Difficulty for East Tennessee State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsAverage
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into ETSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 86% acceptance rate ranking it #35 in Tennessee for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 6,620 out of 7,704 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 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. East Tennessee State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 490
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 970
SAT Scores for East Tennessee State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 570
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 prefers 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 >91%
1075 to 1180 Avg + 86%-91%
970 to 1075 Avg - 78%-86%
865 to 970 Reach 68%-78%
Less than 865 Low <68%
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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 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for East Tennessee State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
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 #16 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 + 86%-92%
20 to 23 Avg - 80%-86%
17 to 20 Reach 71%-80%
Less than 17 Low <71%
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ETSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into East Tennessee State University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into ETSU. 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 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted East Tennessee State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 29% Good
3.50 to 3.75 17% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 18% Avg -
2.50 to 2.75 6% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 1% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

75% of East Tennessee State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted East Tennessee State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 44%
Top 50% of class 75%
Bottom 50% of class 25%
Bottom 25% of class 7%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

East Tennessee State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,862 2,833 7,704
Accepted 4,136 2,478 6,620
Acceptance Rate 85% 87% 86%
Enrolled 1,034 747 1,786
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 30% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
282

Applicants have 282 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to East Tennessee State University is $25.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to East Tennessee State University and what student information is used for 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.

FAQs

Does East Tennessee State University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into East Tennessee State University?

86% 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.

What SAT score is required for East Tennessee State University?

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.

What ACT score is required for East Tennessee State University?

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.