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ETSU Online

East Tennessee State University

Prospective Online Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a list of all online programs offered?

What online classes do you offer?

Who can look at my transcripts and tell me what will transfer?

Do you have an Associates Degree? Some community colleges take part in an articulation agreement with ETSU, which means your course work will transfer seamlessly to ETSU.

Planning to transfer from another college or university or aren't sure whether an articulation agreement applies to you? Take a look at the course transfer information page to see how your course work may transfer. 

What important dates do I need to consider?

How much is tuition?

Are scholarships available?

East Tennessee State University provides scholarship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students both in-state and out-of-state. Through available financial support and scholarships, many students at ETSU are able to work toward their degree with no out-of-pocket tuition costs. 

Other important information:

  • Online classes are taught through the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning system. This is the same system utilized by all class types. You will not be able to see your classes in D2L until the date of the first class as posted on the student academic calendar. Some instructors of online classes may email the class ahead of time and some may not.
  • Online classes take as much time or more as a face-to-face class.
  • Online classes do have text books (required or recommended). You can access textbook information through the bookstore website well in advance of the start of class to be prepared.
  • Tutoring is available for online students through the Center for Academic Achievement. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities for in person or online tutoring assistance.
  • Students do not have to be on campus to use the library. You can access the online library services from wherever you are using your ETSU username/password.

Keys to being a successful online student:

  • Students taking online need to be self-motivated.
  • If you don't understand something you should contact your instructor to ask questions.
  • Take online classes seriously. An online class is not a watered down or weaker version of a face-to-face class.
  • Be sure you have the technology required for the class (computer, sound, microphone, software, internet connection, etc). This link will provide you assistance with technical questions.
  • Your professor can't see your face or read your body language over the Internet, so communicate with him/her if you are having difficulty with the material.
  • You can "go to class" in your pajamas! But if you are doing a video assignment, treat that assignment with the same respect you would if you were giving an oral presentation in class and dress appropriately.
  • You are responsible for your learning. Read the assigned readings, watch any assigned videos, look for additional information to incorporate into your discussions.
  • On discussion boards, some instructors count number of posts. Some expect students to engage in discussion. Be sure you know what is expected of you in each class and follow the instructor's directions.
  • Print out your schedule or put due dates into your phone or calendars, whatever you use that works best for you. Use your phone to send yourself reminders to do your work or to log in to D2L on a daily basis.
  • Read announcements on the course homepage. These announcements often contain helpful or important information.
  • Read emails from your instructor. Since you don't meet in person, those emails are one of the best ways your faculty has to communicate with you and/or your class.


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