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Understand Your Costs

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

Apply for on-campus employment

Student service positions allow students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part-time under the Federal Work Study Program (FWS) or the Regular Student Work Program (RSWP).

Some offices or departments may also offer part time or temporary positions. Check with individual departments or offices. 

Review deadlines in academic calendar 

It is important to keep up with academic dates such as last day to add a class, last day to drop a class, etc. 

Here is the current ETSU academic calendar:

Attend Welcome Week events

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. 

Find a complete list of all Welcome Week events here:

Find more information about getting involved and a list of ETSU student organizations and clubs here:

Join a student organization

Joining a student organization is a great way to meet other students, get involved in campus activities and enhance your college life.

 Read the East Tennessean Student Newspaper

Reading the student newspaper will keep you up to date on campus news and issues, sports and entertainment and more. The East Tennessean is available in print or on-line.

Find out more about the East Tennessean or how you can contribute:

The East Tennessean is also readable online here:

 Explore undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities

Research and study abroad programs give students opportunities to gain a broader knowledge of cultures and people outside Tennessee and the United States.

Study Abroad opportunities at ETSU can be found here:

 Develop relationships with faculty and staff

Developing relationships with faculty and staff can be very beneficial. Talking with your professors can help clear up lecture material or information that you did not understand. Some professors may give you a more detailed preview of what is coming up which could help you focus on what to study. Another benefit is that professor and professional staff references are vital if you plan to continue your education beyond the bachelor level. Many professors and staff members are reluctant to write reference letters based on simply seeing you in the office or department or just on the basis of your coursework.

 Attend an ETSU sporting event

Show your support and ETSU pride by attending an ETSU sporting event.

Find the schedule for your favorite sport here:

 Visit University Career Services for support in choosing a major

 University Career Services can offer support when choosing a major. On their web site you can find a link to “What can I do with this Major?” – a helpful guide to the type of work you can do with a many different majors, types of employers typically hiring those majors and other information and strategies.

“What can I do with this major” web site is located here:

 Confirm selection of major (and minor if applicable)

 At this point in your college career, you should have an idea of the academic major and minor (if required) that you want to pursue and the requirements to complete the degree.

A complete list of major and minor programs and requirements. Undergraduate Programs and Requirements

 Participate in leadership and service activity

 Participating in leadership and service activities is another way to meet people while also becoming equipped with skills, knowledge and experience that will help you effectively lead at ETSU and beyond.

Click here for information about leadership opportunities.

Update 4-year plan 


Look at Degree Works and meet with your academic or faculty advisor to adjust your plans, as needed, to complete all of your course requirements.

You can access Degree Works through your GoldLink account or at

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

 Start building resume with University Career Services


Now is the time to start developing a resume. University Career Services can help. You can schedule an appointment with UCS through Handshake, ETSU’s online job board. Activate your account today:

Access the University Career Services web site here

Complete FAFSA for next academic year 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAis your application for all federal financial aid, and the starting point for many state and school aid programs. Free money (grants), work-study funds, and student loan eligibility are all determined by the FAFSA. 

FAFSA opens October 1.

Once you have submitted the FAFSA, follow the steps on the Application Process webpage. 

 Apply for scholarships

For ETSU based scholarships, March 1 is the deadline to submit your application each year.

Visit the ETSU Scholarships office for more information about Scholarships ETSU has to offer: 

 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. In addition you will have the opportunity to talk about 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 on 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. 

Here are ETSU's final exam dates and times.

 Finish 36-45 credits


In order to graduate in a timely manner, it is suggested that students complete 36-45 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 enrolled in for the next academic semester. 

Log into GoldLink here:

 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:
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