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East Tennessee State University Data & Information Overview

442 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
87% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is East Tennessee State University Ranked?

#851 Best Colleges in Nation
#11 Best Colleges in TN
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 442 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

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Overall Quality

ETSU is ranked #851 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list.

ETSU also holds the #11 spot on the Best Colleges in Tennessee ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into ETSU?

87% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 87%, ETSU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

ETSU received ACT scores from 80% 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

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
71% Full Time Teachers

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 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at East Tennessee State University

67% Freshmen Retention
30% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from ETSU have a four-year graduation rate of 30%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  30 out of 100

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

East Tennessee State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,812 Full-Time Undergraduates
16.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,705 undergraduates at ETSU with 8,812 being full-time and 1,893 being part-time.

How Much Does East Tennessee State University Cost?

$12,894 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
$30,808 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of ETSU is $12,894. 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 +
$9,483 $10,965 $15,113 $17,636 $17,852

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 36% of students took out student loans averaging $7,702 a year. That adds up to $30,808 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ETSU is 7.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do ETSU Graduates Make?

$40,733 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from ETSU make around $40,733 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of East Tennessee State University

Tennessee State
8,812 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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

58 Majors With Completions
3,450 Undergraduate Degrees
1,364 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from East Tennessee State University. Of these students, 3,450 received undergraduate degrees and 1,364 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
History 831 $21,920
Nursing 563 $51,719
General Psychology 152 $22,772
Health & Physical Education 131 $24,961
Business Administration & Management 123 $33,833
Liberal Arts General Studies 98 $26,312
Communication & Media Studies 97 $25,159
Criminal Justice & Corrections 87 $27,582
General Biology 87 $23,571
Marketing 81 $32,758

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

61% Take At Least One Class Online
17% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 8,178 students took at least one online class at East Tennessee State University. This is an increase from the 8,168 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 8,178 2,306
2019-2020 8,168 2,026
2018-2019 7,986 2,270
2017-2018 7,955 2,060
2016-2017 6,630 1,628

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.


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