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Undergraduate Admission Policy

Additional Policy Information

For full information and additional policies, please visit the Admissions Policy section of the University Catalog.

ETSU admission decisions are based on application, high school graduation or equivalency, academic performance in high school, assessment scores (ACT, SAT, or other), completion of high school requirements with grades earned in those courses, and/or transfer credit.

East Tennessee State University will make reasonable accommodations which may include, but are not limited to, course substitutions and other academic adjustments when necessary to ensure equal access for students with disabilities. East Tennessee State University does not discriminate against applicants for admission on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class.

Admission to ETSU does not guarantee admission to specialized or limited enrollment programs.

Admissions Requirements by Type

First-Time Freshman

Under 21 years of age:

  • Official documentation of High School Graduation or Equivalency
  • Minimum High School Grade Point Average (2.3) or valid official ACT (19) or equivalent SAT Scores
  • Required high school course requirements
UnitsCourse
4 English
2 Algebra
1 Geometry or other advanced math
1 Additional unit of advanced math
3 Natural/Physical Sciences, including at least one unit with
a laboratory in either biology, chemistry, or physics
1 United States History
1 Social Studies from world history, world geography,
ancient history, modern history, or European history
2 Foreign Language (same for both units)
1 Visual or Performing Arts

21 years of age or older:

  • Official transcript showing graduation from high school [High School Equivalency (HSE)]
Early Admission of First-Time Freshmen
  • Completed the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale.
  • An ACT Composite score of 25 or a comparable SAT score.
  • A written statement from the high school principal specifying the college courses that will be substituted for the remaining high school courses needed for high school graduation.
  • Written endorsements from the high school counselor and from parents or guardians.
Freshman Admission by Exception

Applicants who are deficient in no more than two high school units may be admitted if they have a:

  • Minimum ACT composite score of 21 (or equivalent SAT score) or
  • ACT score of 19 or 20 (or equivalent SAT Score) and a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Applicants who do not meet the requirements outlined above may be admitted if they are:

  • Tennessee residents with a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or an ACT composite score of 17 (or equivalent SAT score) or
  • Non-residents of Tennessee with a minimum high school GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale or an ACT composite score of 19 or higher (or equivalent SAT score)
Transfer Students

Under 12 attempted college semester credits:

  • Official documentation of High School Graduation or Equivalency
  • Minimum High School Grade Point Average (2.3) or valid official ACT (19) or equivalent SAT Scores
  • Required high school course requirements
UnitsCourse
4 English
2 Algebra
1 Geometry or other advanced math
1 Additional unit of advanced math
3 Natural/Physical Sciences, including at least one unit with
a laboratory in either biology, chemistry, or physics
1 United States History
1 Social Studies from world history, world geography,
ancient history, modern history, or European history
2 Foreign Language (same for both units)
1 Visual or Performing Arts

More than 12 attempted college semester credits:

  • Must provide official transcripts of credit from all institutions of higher education attended
  • MMust meet the grade point average requirements based on the number of attempted college-level credits below:
Attempted CreditsGPA
12 - 29 1.4
29.1 - 45.0 1.7
45.1 - 59.9 1.9
60+ 2.0

Transfer applicants who do not meet the standards outlined above and who have not been enrolled in any institution of higher education for a minimum of three years may be admitted through individual review by the Vice Provost for Enrollment or his/her designee.

Readmission

All former ETSU students who have not been enrolled for one major term (Spring or Fall) must apply for readmission. In order to be readmitted, students who have attended no other institution of higher education after enrollment at ETSU must be eligible to return to ETSU based on the university’s retention standards or must have served the appropriate academic suspension period to be eligible for re-enrollment. In order to be readmitted, students who have attended another institution of higher education after enrollment at ETSU must meet the transfer admission requirements.

Undergraduate Special Student
  • Application
Visiting/Transient Student
  • Enrolled in a degree program at another institution
  • Intends to take a limited number of classes at ETSU
  • Proof of “good standing” at their home institution by
    • an official transcript or
    • letter of good standing
Dual Enrollment (limited to 11 semester credits per term)
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 19 with no sub-score below 19 or appropriate score on the Acuplacer exam or other approved exam.
  • Approvals from the high school and a parent or guardian to enroll.
  • An official high school transcript.

An academically talented/gifted student in grades 9-12 in public or private high schools in Tennessee whose program of study is planned on an individual basis by a multidisciplinary team may, with the endorsement of the high school and the university, enroll for prescribed courses and earn university credit if the student has a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 basis and if such a placement is part of the student’s planned Individual Education Plan. A student with unique talents may be granted permission to enroll in specific courses with approval of the Director of Admissions.

International Student

Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (international students) are required to submit proof of successful completion of secondary education. Applicants who have attended institutions of higher education must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.

  • Applicants under the age of 21 who graduated from a U.S. high school must submit official ACT or SAT scores.
  • Applicants who completed secondary education in countries other than the U.S. are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following:
  • Paper-based TOEFL score of 500, computer based TOEFL score of 173, or internet based TOEFL score of 61.
  • Proof of successful completion of level 112 English in an approved ELS program.
  • ACT reading and English scores of 19.
  • SAT evidence based reading score of 500 on the new SAT or critical reading score of 450 on the old SAT.
  • Two semesters or three quarters of college-level English composition from an accredited U.S institution of higher education with a grade of C- or better.
  • Evidence of English proficiency as demonstrated through successful completion of writing-intensive courses from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Minimum of one year of attendance as an exchange student in or graduation from a U.S. high school as reflected on an official high school transcript.
  • Results from another nationally recognized, comparable, standardized English proficiency exam that indicates requisite English proficiency.

Students who cannot demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English may be offered conditional admission to study English at the ELS Language Center at ETSU.

Second Undergraduate Degree
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.

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