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Bucs Go Beyond

ETSU was founded in 1911 with a singular purpose: to improve the quality of life for people in the region and beyond.



Aiden Graybeal

Bucs Go Beyond
Discovering his place in politics

Aiden Graybeal felt drawn to politics from an early age. While he didn’t find a lot of opportunities to explore that inherent interest in elementary or high school, today he’s preparing to take the gavel as the speaker of the House of Representatives in the 2023 Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature.

Aiden's Story

ETSU at a Glance

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Nearly 14,000 students from 50+ countries and all 50 states

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166 highly respected academic programs, many nationally ranked

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862 military-affiliated students

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ETSU is among the top ten percent of colleges for least amount of student debt

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Nineteen Division 1 athletic teams competing in the Southern Conference

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250 student organizations to help you find your place and your people

Life in the Appalachian Highlands

Set in an outdoor-lover’s paradise, ETSU’s main campus is located in beautiful and vibrant Johnson City, Tennessee. It is a short drive to numerous thriving mountain towns including Bristol, Kingsport, and historic Jonesborough, as well as Asheville in bordering North Carolina.

And with gorgeous lakes, rivers, and hiking and biking trails nearby — including more than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail — there is always something new to explore.  


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  • Roan Mountain
  • Cherokee National Forest


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