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East Tennessee State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on East Tennessee State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is East Tennessee State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

East Tennessee State University was awarded 124 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is respiratory care therapy/therapist.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked ETSU as #1,750 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

ETSU is also ranked #33 out of 50 schools in Tennessee.

See all of the rankings for East Tennessee State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ETSU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 85%, East Tennessee State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 5% of students accepted to ETSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 490 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 470 to 590 )
ETSU received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 19 to 26 )

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East Tennessee State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At East Tennessee State University, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at East Tennessee State University is 60%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  60 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at East Tennessee State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at East Tennessee State University is 72%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  72 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at ETSU is 20%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  20 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at East Tennessee State University.

East Tennessee State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,153 undergraduates at ETSU with 9,228 being full-time and 1,925 being part-time.

How Much Does East Tennessee State University Cost?

The overall average net price of ETSU is $14,332. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ETSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,632 $12,703 $16,359 $18,692 $18,859

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ETSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At ETSU, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $5,718 a year. That adds up to $22,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ETSU is 9.9%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do ETSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from ETSU make about $35,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 12% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at East Tennessee State University make the most money.

Location of East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University is a public institution situated in Johnson City, Tennessee. The city atmosphere of Johnson City makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for ETSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1276 Gilbreath Drive, Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: 423-439-1000

East Tennessee State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 55 majors graduated from East Tennessee State University. Of these students, 2,589 received undergraduate degrees and 1,018 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 464 $50,400
Business Administration & Management 172 $30,900
General Psychology 154 $23,000
Health & Physical Education 152 $22,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 124 $27,100
Marketing 94 $34,000
Communication & Media Studies 82 $26,600
General Biology 81 $24,900
Allied Health Professions 78 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 77 $28,200

Learn more about the majors offered at East Tennessee State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ETSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 7,986 students took at least one online class at East Tennessee State University. This is an increase from the 7,955 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 7,986 2,270
2017-2018 7,955 2,060
2016-2017 6,630 1,628
2015-2016 5,755 1,229
2013-2014 5,468 1,310

Learn more about online learning at East Tennessee State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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