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Understand Your Costs

Understand Your Costs

Visit Financial Aid’s Cost Calculator to help you estimate tuition costs. Also, watch this helpful video that explains cost calculation.

Learn how to search for jobs and network at University Career Services

Networking, or conversations with others in your area of employment, is a great way to learn about job opportunities. University Career Service can help you understand the basic principles of networking that can aid in making your conversations more effective. Visit the University Career Services web site for more information:

Attend Welcome Week events/ learn about campus involvement

Welcome Week is an opportunity for students to make new friends, learn about different organizations, clubs and activities to get involved in at ETSU. Being involved will give you good experiences, open up leadership opportunities, allow you to meet other people and give you the support you need.
Attend Welcome Week events/learn about campus involvement add the following: Find a complete list of all Welcome Week events here:

Find out how to get involved and see a list of ETSU student organizations and clubs here: the schedule of your favorite sport or more information about ETSU Athletics at their website:

Complete graduation application if you have completed 75% of your program

If you have completed 75% of your requirements and are planning to graduate within the next two semesters, you must file an application to graduate. Review your Degree Works Audit with your advisor and have any substitution(s) submitted to the graduation office.

Application to graduate located online: or in DegreeWorks through your Goldlink account or at

Apply to graduate school (if applicable)

If you are planning to apply to graduate school, it is strongly recommended you start the process now.
Most graduate schools require an application, test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation and more.

Visit the School of Graduate Studies at ETSU online for more information:

Here is a list of graduate programs at ETSU: Graduate Programs

Take Major Field Test (if required)

(if required)
A Major Field Test (MFT) evaluates students’ knowledge in their discipline of study. MFT results help the department and the university to evaluate the curriculum and make improvements where indicated. MFTs may also be used for student assessment or grading. Contact your department to determine whether MFTs are required in your program and for details regarding the test.

Take the CCTST

Students who have completed 96 hours are eligible to take the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST). Failure to complete this graduation requirement will result in having your diploma held until this condition is met. Some students may qualify for an exemption.

Access more information about the CCTST and approved exemptions here: or contact the Office of Assessment at

Attend Graduation Celebration: Real World 101 (pick up cap and gown

Order your ETSU class ring & graduation announcements, pick up your cap & gown, have professional photos taken, brush up on corporate dining etiquette, join the ETSU National Alumni Association and more.

Learn more about the Graduation Celebration here:

Finalize your resume and schedule a practice interview

Finalizing your resume and developing good interview skills is essential in the job search process. ETSU students can schedule appointments with a full time staff member in the University Career Services by calling 423-439-4450.

Visit ETSU's University Career Services today:

Meet with your academic advisor

All students with less than 60 credit hours earned are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. Many colleges require advisement every semester.  It is strongly recommended that you meet with your advisor throughout your college career to ensure you are on track to graduation. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the classes you will be taking the next academic semester as well as courses you might want to take during the winter or summer sessions. The relationship you develop with your advisor is important to your success at ETSU.   Advisor contact list available at:

Register for next academic semester in GoldLink

Each semester you will register for the next academic semester using GoldLink. It is also important to update your personal information such as address, phone, etc.                                   

Use Schedule Builder to build your schedule: 

Log into GoldLink:

Taking 15 or more hours per semester will keep you on track to graduate in four years -

Prepare for final exams

Now is the time to begin studying and preparing for final exams. Your final exams are not always scheduled on the same day and time as your regular class schedule. 

Click here for a list of final exam dates and times.

Complete 84-105 credits

In order to graduate in a timely manner, it is suggested that students complete 84-105 credit hours by the end of this semester. Taking 15 or more hours per semester will keep you on track to graduate in four years -

Verify grades, academic status and adjust schedule in GoldLink

Once your final grades have been submitted, we encourage you to verify those grades in GoldLink. You can also check your academic status (good standing, probation, suspension) as well as adjust or change classes that you have registered to take the next academic semester. 

Log into GoldLink.

Winter Session available

Limited courses are offered during the Winter Session. Courses offered are selected by academic departments and are 100% online. These courses are considered part of the spring term. You are limited to one course or a max of 4-credit hours. ETSU Financial Aid recipients may be able to include a winter session course with the spring term award. Course can be found in Goldlink. Select the spring term, then select the subject(s) you'd like to search, and choose “winter session” as the "Part of Term".

More information about Winter Session is listed here:

Find out more about ETSU Financial Aid information:

Log into GoldLink.

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