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ETSU houses 11 colleges and schools offering some 140 academic programs in the arts and sciences, business and technology, education, and the health sciences, including numerous honors enrichment opportunities for undergraduate students. read more...

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In 2016-2017, the total cost of in-state tuition for a full-time undergraduate student living on campus (including books) was roughly $17,713. For commuters, the total cost equaled roughly $8,671! read more...


ETSU Athletics has 18 NCAA Division I sports; State-of-the-art facilities; 14 conference titles in the last 6 seasons; and Buccaneer football made its return in 2015. The Buccaneers’ new football stadium is slated to open in September 2017! read more

Campus Life

ETSU students can choose from more than 200 student organizations and clubs. Students at ETSU 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.

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 ETSU campus you will pass by more than 80 buildings, including academic and teaching facilities, an 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 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 across the region.
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Our Home

ETSU's main campus is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, with a population of 63,152. Johnson City is situated in the northeast corner of the state bordered by Virginia and North Carolina.

Johnson City has something to offer everyone. There are numerous restaurants, music venues, cinemas, a thriving community theatre, and a variety 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!

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 Quillen 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.

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