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ETSU Facts & History

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What's in a name?

By any other name, it is still ETSU:



East Tennessee State Normal School



East Tennessee State Teachers College



East Tennessee State Teachers College



East Tennessee State College



East Tennessee State University


(as East Tennessee State Normal School)

Over 14,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students

Main Campus:
Johnson City(population 63,152), in the northeastern tip of the state bordered by Virginia and North Carolina

Colleges and Schools: 

  • Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
  • Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Technology
  • College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Public Health
  • Honors College
  • James H. Quillen College of Medicine
  • School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach
  • School of Graduate Studies

Facilities Include:

  • Center for Academic Achievement  
  • ETSU and General Shale Natural
  • History Museum and Visitor Center
  • Governors and Centennial residence halls
  • Scott M. Niswonger Digital Media Center
  • State-of-the-art Charles C. Sherrod Library
  • Warren-Greene Golf Center
  • Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity


  • 17 sports
  • Southern Conference, NCAA Division I
  • U.S. Olympic Training Site for
  • Weightlifting, Canoe and Kayak, and Bobsled and Skeleton

Team Name:

  • Buccaneers

School Colors:

  • ETSU Blue (PMS 282c)
  • ETSU Gold (PMS 123c)
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