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East Tennessee State University


ETSU Undergraduate Graduation Information:

Catalog Information

Degree requirements for programs of study initiated under provisions of this catalog shall remain in effect for six years.  Students must use a single catalog for all graduation requirements, and cannot use a combination of catalogs.  The six-year limitation may be extended for interruption by military service where enrollment is resumed within one year after release from service.

If graduation does not occur within six years of the catalog of record, students must (1) shift to a catalog that falls within the six-year timeframe, or (2) receive a catalog extension from the dean of the college of the major.  Students are strongly encouraged to submit Catalog Year Change Request form as soon as possible for the purpose of obtaining accurate progress-to-graduation.  Failure to change or extend the catalog year can delay graduation.

Degree-seeking students are assigned to the current catalog at the time of first entrance into ETSU.  Students who are readmitted are assigned by default to the current catalog.  High school students enrolled in ETSU courses will be assigned to a catalog after they become degree-seeking students.  Transfer students may receive a no obligation change back to the catalog in effect upon their first entrance into higher education by request to the graduation office in the Office of the Registrar.  Such requests should be filed using the approved Catalog Year Change Request form.

The course offerings and requirements of ETSU are continually under examination and revision. This catalog presents the offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication but is no guarantee that they will not be changed or revoked. However, adequate and reasonable notice will be given to students affected by any changes. This catalog is not intended to state contractual terms and does not constitute a contract between the student and East Tennessee State University.

ETSU reserves the right to make changes as required in course offerings, curricula, academic policies, and other rules and regulations affecting students to be effective whenever determined by the institution. These changes will govern current and formerly enrolled students. Enrollment of all students is subject to these conditions.

Current information may be obtained from the following sources: Admission Requirements-Office of Admissions; Course Offerings-department offering course; Degree Requirements-Office of the Registrar; Fees and Tuition-Office of the Comptroller.

ETSU complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The complete statement of policy may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. East Tennessee State University is fully in accord with the belief that educational and employment opportunities should be available to all eligible persons without regard to age, gender, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

ETSU provides the opportunity for students to increase their knowledge by offering programs of instruction in the various disciplines and programs through faculty who, in the opinion of ETSU, are qualified for teaching at the college level. The acquisition and retention of knowledge by any student are, however, contingent upon the students desire and ability to learn while applying appropriate study techniques to any course or program. Thus, ETSU must necessarily limit representation of student preparedness in any field of study to that competency demonstrated at that specific point in time at which appropriate academic measurements were taken to certify course or program completion.

Transfer Credit 

For graduating seniors, official transcripts of all work taken at other schools (including correspondence work) during this semester must be received by the Office of Admissions before a degree can be conferred. The diploma cannot be released until all OFFICIAL transcripts have been received.


All incomplete grades in courses necessary for graduation must be removed. An incomplete not necessary for graduation and not removed will automatically become an "F" upon graduation and will be reflected in the GPA in accordance with institutional policy.

Financial Accounts

All financial accounts MUST be settled by the Thursday before Graduation for graduating seniors. Library fines, parking fines, obligations to the instructional media center, returned checks, loan exit interviews, etc. must be cleared. Neither the diploma nor transcripts can be released until all accounts are cleared.

Participating in Alternative Ceremonies:

Students graduating in Spring should plan to attend the May commencement ceremony. Students graduating in Summer and Fall should plan to attend the December commencement ceremony. If extenuating circumstances exist that prevent a student from participating in his or her designated ceremony, undergraduate students should contact the Associate Registrar for Graduation with this information after registering for their last semester of coursework. The Associate Registrar will provide information to the Registrar who will consider these circumstances in regards to the commencement ceremony.  Graduate students who wish to participate in an alternate ceremony should contact the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Level Hours:

Undergraduate students may not use graduate level hours to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements with the exception of students admitted into accelerated programs by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

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