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East Tennessee State University

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Key information:

Johnson City, Tennessee, USA

Type of Institution:
4-year University

Suitable for:
High school leavers                       Transfer students                          Graduate students

150+ Bachelor programs (including Communication Studies, Computing, Engineering, Finance, Geosciences, Management, Music, Political Science and Psychology) and 50+ Master’s programs (including Accountancy, Business Administration, Computer Science, Digital Marketing, Nursing and Public Health)

Annual tuition (in USD):
Bachelor: up to $28,672                     Master’s: $25,453

I-20 Amount (USD):
Bachelor: up to $45,460            Master’s: $42,241

Number of students:

Campus housing?

Nearest airport:
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI)

Knoxville International Airport (TYS)


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The institution​

First established in 1911, the institution has undergone several name changes and officially became East Tennessee State University in 1963. ETSU is a nationally ranked institution (#298 – 389).

As you will see in the Majors section below, ETSU offers plenty of choice! However, it is worth noting that the institution has a particular strength in the Health Sciences sector.

Approximately 4000 students, over a quarter of ETSU’s total student population, follow a program in one of ETSU’s 5 health-related academic colleges.



ETSU offers students a wide range of majors at both Bachelor and Master’s level. As well as very common majors at Bachelor degree level, such as Computing, Engineering Finance and Management – ETSU has a very strong background in health sciences and performing arts. 

Its health programs include Nursing, Public Health, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Sciences and many more. Performing arts majors include Music (with many different concentrations, including contemporary music and music production) and Theater. 

At Master’s level, in addition to core programs such as its MBA, ETSU offers programs in some very employable sectors of the future, including AI and Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Data Analytics and Digital Marketing (this program was the first in the USA to earn accreditation from the Digital Marketing Institute).

As with its Bachelor programs, ETSU offers a wide range of Master’s in health fields, including Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Nursing.



ETSU offers generous scholarships based on academic merit and all applicants to a bachelor program will automatically be considered for these awards. Undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 – 3.59 or equivalent from their high school studies will receive an award of $5,000 per year, while students with a GPA of 3.6 or above will be awarded a scholarship of $9,000 per year!

There are also a number of merit awards for graduate students with the maximum award being $9,000 per year. There are also a limited number of graduate assistantships that international students can apply for.


The main campus is located in Johnson City, a small city of approximately 65,000 inhabitants. Located in East Tennessee, the closest large city is Charlotte, North Carolina. Tennessee is ranked by US News & World Report as the 7th most affordable state to live in the US, so your money will stretch further here!

ETSU is also located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and enjoys four distinct seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. In warm weather, many students enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding on nearby lakes and rivers, and in the winter go skiing in the mountains. Hiking, camping, and mountain biking can be enjoyed all year long!


Campus Life

There is plenty to keep you entertained and active outside the classroom. The Wayne Basler Center for Physical Activity is the main campus center for indoor sports: facilities include a fitness center with cardio machines and free weights, indoor running track, training studios for various sports, 4 basketball/volleyball courts, 8-lane swimming pool, indoor climbing wall and 2 squash/racquet ball courts.

Outdoors, there are sports fields, 8 km of woodland trails on-campus for running and mountain biking, 6 tennis courts and a disc golf course (where you throw frisbees towards a target rather than hit a golf ball towards a hole.

There are also plenty of 250+ student organizations and 400+ intramural teams for those who want to play sports for fun, so there’s lots to keep you busy. You will find student organizations to cover nearly every interest, from Amateur Radio Club to the Disc Golf Club, from Anime to Wrestling!

And, of course, you will almost certainly want to be an active member of the International Student Association!



ETSU offers 10 different on-campus residence halls with all but one being available to Freshmen students. The residences offer different types of housing, ranging from traditional dorm style (double occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms along the corridor) to basic apartment style accommodation options where two students share a room, living space, bathroom and kitchenette. Most residences are co-ed, though there are two residence halls exclusively for female students for those who prefer extra privacy. Further information about the different residence halls can be found here. Pricing starts from $2,035 per semester for on-campus housing. With the exception of Buccaneer Ridge Apartments (open to senior students and families only), all students living on campus will automatically be assigned and pay for a 7-Day Silver Plan at a cost of $1860 per semester. This plan includes unlimited access to the dining hall seven days a week and the Treehouse Take Out during all operating hours. This meal plan include ten (10) guest meal passes, and $100 dining dollars which can be used in retail dining locations. Students will have the ability to buy additional dining dollars throughout the semester, if they wish to do so. Assuming 3 meals per day, this plan works out at $5.41 per meal, which is outstanding value. In addition to the main Dining Hall where you will enjoy most of your meals, there are several other outlets including Starbucks, Steak N Shake and Chick-Fil-A where you can use your dining dollars.

What comes next?

Upon completion of your Bachelor or Master’s program at ETSU, you will be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT). This is an opportunity to work off-campus in an area related to your study for up to 12 months, or 36-months if you have chosen a STEM major. You will gain valuable work experience and, at the same time, you will be paid! 

Remember that you do have the right to choose OPT both after your Bachelor and again after your Master’s if you so desire.

Seed loves East Tennessee State University because...

A major university with a small college feel. There are nearly 15,000 students; so lots of busy places and activities - but the average class size is under 23; so lots of personal attention too!

ETSU is famous for the Health Sciences. It has the second longest list of courses of any institution in the United States!

ETSU is in a great location - very affordable, very safe and very beautiful scenery

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