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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?

2021 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 26 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, ETSU is ranked #956 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 42 colleges in Tennessee, ETSU is ranked at #22.

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 )

Learn more about East Tennessee State University admissions.

East Tennessee State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at East Tennessee State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at East Tennessee State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

East Tennessee State University has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 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.

Average Overall Diversity at ETSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,268 undergraduates at ETSU with 9,533 being full-time and 1,735 being part-time.

ETSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

ETSU scored 54.60 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  54.60 out of 100
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How Much Does East Tennessee State University Cost?

The overall average net price of ETSU is $11,206. 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 +
$8,031 $9,803 $14,458 $16,287 $15,661

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 9.6%. 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

Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, East Tennessee State University is a public institution. 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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Location of East Tennessee State University

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, 2,480 received undergraduate degrees and 975 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 335 $50,400
Business Administration & Management 163 $30,900
Health & Physical Education 138 $22,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 125 $27,100
General Psychology 124 $23,000
Accounting 100 $34,600
Criminal Justice & Corrections 90 $28,200
Social Work 84 $26,800
Marketing 81 $34,000
General Biology 81 $24,900

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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 7,955 students took at least one online class at East Tennessee State University. This is an increase from the 6,630 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,955 2,060
2016-2017 6,630 1,628
2015-2016 5,755 1,229
2014-2015 5,479 1,305
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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