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Undergraduate Student Advisement

East Tennessee State University

Mid-Term grades

Early Semester Progress Reports 
Available in GoldLink after October 8, 2020

Early Semester Progress Reports (ESPR) are grades that are posted by undergraduate instructors around the 6th week of the semester for their students.  The Fall 2020 ESPR grades will be entered in GoldLink  September 28 - October 7.   These early grades are a quick way to confirm how you’re doing in your courses and gives you an opportunity to seek resources and improve your final grade. These grades are not reflected on your official ETSU Academic Transcript.

Log in to GoldLink and follow the directions below to access your ESPR grades. In GoldLink these grades are listed as midterm grades.

Possible grades: A thru F, FN (failing due to non-attendance), NR (not reported), I (Incomplete),              P (Passing)

How to view MidTerm Grades in GoldLink?

  • Go to GoldLink via ETSU’s homepage
    Choose GoldLink icon
    Log in using your User Name (ETSU domain name) and Password
    Go to Grades Box
    Choose current term
    Click on GO
    View Mid-Term Grades 

What Now?

1. Talk with instructor(s) about missing grades, unexpected grades and opportunities and strategies for improving final grade.

2. Seek Tutoring (CFAA, 1st floor of Sherrod Library)

3. Talk with your academic advisor about what is impacting your academic success.  ETSU may have resources to help.  Don’t drop a course without talking with your advisor about options and consequences.

4. Don’t know who your advisor is?  Check out Advisor List at:  Still having trouble finding your advisors -- send an email to or call 423-439-8557.

Next Steps

Verify your Fall 2020 schedule?

Correct any schedule problems now. Complete late add process if needed and verify all earlier course drops in GoldLink.  Contact your major advisor for assistance or contact the Registration HelpLine at 423-439-5584

Need Tutoring?

Visit the Center for Academic Achievement (CFAA) website for information about individual tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI). Services are currently offered online through Zoom. For help with scheduling a tutoring appointment, please call 423-439-7111 or stop by our front desk on the first floor of the Sherrod Library.

How to Find Your Advisor? 

Undeclared students and students who are required to complete Learning Support (in reading or writing, L sections of general education courses) are advised by the University Advisement Center in the Sherrod Library room 355.  To find contact information for your advisor, please visit:

Need Counseling?

The Counseling Center (423-439-3333) provides short-term personal counseling. They offer many services from improving stress management, test anxiety, time management, shyness, assertiveness training, improving relationship skills, coping with chemical dependencies, etc. Visit website for more information. 

Having Trouble Choosing a Major or Career Path?

University Career Services (439-4450) provides students and alumni with individual assistance in researching, planning, and locating employment and internship opportunities through our Handshake ( Students and alumni can upload a current Résumé or CV, update account details, explore posted PT jobs, internships, and entry level career opportunities as well as request a Career Services appointment. To identify occupational interests, abilities, and personal values, we offer Focus 2 at (

Should I Drop a Course?

Students may drop course(s) on GoldLink without permission until the deadline (see academic calendar).  Students who need assistance with GoldLink should contact the Registration Help Desk at 423-439-5584 (M-F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm) or visit 102 Burgin Dossett for assistance. 

After the deadline, if a student needs to drop a course due to extenuating circumstances they must file a Late Drop Appeal which requires attaching documentation of the extenuating circumstances (circumstances beyond a student’s control).  Late Drop Appeals must be approved by the dean of the student’s college. Failing a course is not considered extenuating circumstances.

Do not automatically drop courses in which you are dissatisfied with your grade or withdraw (drop all courses) from the University. Dropping a course or courses will adversely impact your financial aid, scholarships, housing and athletic eligibility for this term and future terms.  Always check with appropriate offices before dropping a course. Hastily dropping courses can increase the expense and length of time necessary to complete a degree.  The grade of “W” will be recorded and the course will be included in your attempted hours.  Students must VERIFY all drops on GoldLink.

You may be able to improve the grade during the remainder of the semester. If not, courses with a grade of “C” or lower may be repeated in a future semester. The former grade will be excluded (in your GPA calculation) and the most recent grade will be included in computing your adjusted GPA.

For Lottery Scholarship purposes you can only use one repeat of a class as a replacement grade one time in your college career.  Choose your one time wisely.  For more information about the Lottery Scholarship rules see the Don't Lose Hope Website.  

Withdrawing from the University?

Written requests for withdrawal (dropping all classes for the term) from the university must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, 101 Dossett Hall before this deadline. Visit website for additional information for submitting withdrawal.  Withdrawing will adversely affect financial aid, scholarships, Lottery Scholarships, housing, and athletic eligibility. Students who stop attending without officially withdrawing will receive an “F”  or "FN" for each course. These grades (F and FN) may also adversely affect your scholarshops and financial aid.

Visit the ETSU Academic Calendar for all dates and deadlines.

Other student resources:

Finanical Aid Counselors contact information.

BucsCARE website is a resource for students and for student referral.  BucsCARE includes the most referenced offices and campus resources in various categories.

Undergraduate Student Success Specialist is a service to assist students with . . .  

  • Setting realistic personal goals
  • Managing obstacles you may be having in day-to-day life
  • Resolving problems and providing support
  • Finding services on campus and in the community  



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