East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University

Founded in 1911, East Tennessee State University, ETSU, is an accredited American university, located in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is a part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities. ETSU also has off-campus centers located in Kingsport, Bristol, Elizabethton, Greeneville and Tennessee. The University is listed by The Princeton Review (2007) as one of America's 'Best Value Colleges.'

ETSU offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and medical programs through several academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Technology
  • College of Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public and Allied Health
  • College of Public Health
  • Honors College
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • School of Graduate Studies

The official mascots of ETSU are Pepper the Parrot & Bucky the Pirate. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Buccaneers.

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Contacting East Tennessee State

East Tennessee State University
807 University Pky
Johnson City , TN 37614-0000
General Phone: (423) 439-1000

East Tennessee State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts407foreign language and literature, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, geography, ...
Business and Management363business management, non-profit management, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing
Education and Teaching248educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, music teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine225registered nursing, nursing science
Medicine189gerontology, medicine, public health, health professions
Family and Social Work171family and consumer science, child development, human services, social work
Science122biology, biomedical sciences, epidemiology, chemistry, geology, physics
Media107communication studies, mass communication, animation and special effects
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy94health and physical education, sports and fitness management, clinical nutritionist
Therapy and Counseling85psychology, clinical psychology, physical therapy
Engineering Technician82engineering technology, surveying tech
Security and Law Enforcement79criminal justice and administration
Computer Science and Engineering57computer and info science
Medical Support and Technology54audiology, audiology and speech pathology, dental hygienist
Art Studies42art studies
Medical Administration11health care administration, environmental health
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for East Tennessee State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree52735
Bachelor's degree1,69444
Post-master's certificate42
Doctor's degree696
Postbaccalaureate certificate126
First-professional degree561

East Tennessee State Student Body

In 2007-2008, East Tennessee State had a total enrollment of 13,119 students (11,394 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 18%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 4%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 21%
20-21 22%
22-24 22%
25-29 14%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina4%
(International Students)1%

East Tennessee State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 43 %

East Tennessee State Room and Board (2007)

East Tennessee State offers campus housing for 2,387 of its 11,394 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Johnson City, Tennessee for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Tennessee Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

East Tennessee State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math430555
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT15%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT86%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

East Tennessee State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,201
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,093
Room and board $ 5,322
Room charge $ 2,680
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,598
Books and supplies $ 1,030
Other expenses $ 6,603

Financial Aid:
East Tennessee State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 348700)

East Tennessee State Faculty

East Tennessee State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track9876
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7584

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year19$95,58810$82,327
Associate professorcalendar year16$89,73510$79,020
Assistant professorcalendar year13$81,49315$72,662
Instructorcalendar year1*2*
Lecturercalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year50$88,13938$75,047

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year71$73,74422$68,988
Associate professoracademic year75$60,04141$55,796
Assistant professoracademic year81$51,81379$48,178
Instructoracademic year8$37,62812$39,528
Lectureracademic year8$36,44618$30,421
No academic rankacademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year245$59,495172$50,194

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

East Tennessee State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic Sun Conference
Baseball Atlantic Sun Conference
Track Atlantic Sun Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports173754

East Tennessee State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Services, General
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicine (MD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets East Tennessee State Apart:

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% of degrees in medicine
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 6%East Tennessee State % of degrees in medicine
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(for colleges of its size and type)
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% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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Top 14%East Tennessee State % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 14%East Tennessee State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 16%East Tennessee State Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 17%East Tennessee State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%East Tennessee State % of degrees in family and social work

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