Discover ETSU

Academics

ETSU houses 11 colleges and schools offering some 150 degree programs in the arts and sciences, business and technology, education, and the health sciences, including numerous honors enrichment opportunities for undergraduate students. read more...

    Affordability

    In 2012-2013, the total cost of in-state tuition for a full-time undergraduate student living on campus (including books) was roughly $14,681. For commuters, the total cost equaled roughly $8,227! read more...
     

    Athletics

    ETSU Athletics has 18 NCAA Division I sports; State-of-the-art facilities; 14 conference titles in the last 6 seasons; and Buccaneer football is slated to start its first season in 2015!

    Campus Life

    ETSU students are able to choose from over 240 student organizations and clubs. Students at ETSU also benefit from its state-of-the-art residence halls, campus dining, and recreation facilities. ETSU is also home to numerous fraternity, sorority and Pan-Hellenic chapters.

    Community Impact

    The economic impact of ETSU and the Medical Education Assistance Corporation, which is the practice administration system for the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, is $683 million!

    ETSU’s public radio station WETS-FM/HD broadcasts national, regional and local news as well as Americana and classical music to the community.

    ETSU has built 6 Habitat for Humanity Homes in the area. Read more...

    Recognition

    ETSU’s College of Business and Technology is listed among the nation’s most outstanding business schools in the Princeton Review 2013 edition of “Best 296 Business Schools." Read more...

    PreMedLife has named Johnson City as one of the "Top 10 Cities for Medical School". Read more...

Our Campus

In the heart of Johnson City, ETSU's main campus sits on 340 beautiful acres in the shadow of Buffalo and Cherokee Mountains.

Across the ETSU campus you will pass by more than 80 buildings, including academic and teaching facilities, and extraordinary library, state-of-the-art residence halls and athletic facilities, and even an observatory and an outdoor amphitheatre.

The center area of campus recently underwent a transformation as a road and parking areas were removed to create the Quad, a beautiful new green space which is also home to our Veterans Memorial. In early 2014, ETSU will open a new student parking garage that will add over 1,200 additional parking spaces.

In addition to the main campus ETSU has facilities on the VA campus just across the street, a campus in Kingsport, Elizabethton and Sevierville, and several satellite facilities in the area bringing education and resources to the region. Visit the Read more about life on ETSU's campus...


Our Home

 
ETSU's main campus is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, with a population of 61,990. Johnson City is situated in the northeast corner of the state bordered by Virginia and North Carolina.

Johnson City has something to offer everyone and appeal to interests you might have. There are numerous restaurants, music venues, multi-screen digital cinemas, a thriving community theatre, and a number of festivals to fill your nights on the town.

In addition, Johnson City is only a day’s drive away from half of the U.S. population, so you’ll never be too far from home. ETSU has a major presence in the local economy, giving Johnson City the feeling of a "college town," but with a friendly, low-crime community and a beautiful environment that feels more like home than an extended vacation. Visit the Johnson City's Convention & Visitors Bureau website to find out more about this great city!



Our History

 
ETSU was founded in 1911 as East Tennessee State Normal School to educate teachers.

East Tennessee State officially became a college in 1925 when it changed its name to East Tennessee State Teachers College, subsequently gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1927. In 1943, East Tennessee State Teachers College was expanded into a college with a range of liberal arts offerings, becoming East Tennessee State College. The college became a University in 1963, adopting the name it holds today.

ETSU has gone through many changes since its inception. Over the tenure of 9 presidents ETSU has grown to encompass 11 colleges utilizing 4 campuses and several satellite facilities. Among its colleges are the Tennessee Board of Regents only College of Medicine, founded in 1974, and a privately funded College of Pharmacy which admitted its first class in January 2007. Through the years ETSU has grown not just physically but also virtually via its online presence. ETSU opened its first distance education course in 1990. ETSU offered its first online course in 1995 and its first fully online program in 2001, the first of each in the State of Tennessee. ETSU Online has since grown to include nearly 500 courses and 45 fully online degree program concentrations and certificates as of Fall 2013.

Read more about ETSU's first 100 years...