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East Tennessee State University Data & Information Overview

225 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
78% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is East Tennessee State University Ranked?

#850 Best Colleges in Nation
#14 Best Colleges in TN
Registered Nursing Highest Ranked Major

2023 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 225 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is registered nursing.

Overall Quality

ETSU landed the #850 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ETSU held the #1,750 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

ETSU is also ranked #14 out of 45 schools in Tennessee.

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Is It Hard to Get Into ETSU?

78% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at East Tennessee State University is 78%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that ETSU is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 2% 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 460 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 460 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 480 to 590 )
ETSU received ACT scores from 87% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for East Tennessee State University  ( 20 to 27 )

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East Tennessee State University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
71% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, East Tennessee State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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

78% Freshmen Retention
23% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

East Tennessee State University has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. 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  78 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 23%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 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
47% Take Out Loans
$30,940 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 47% of students took out student loans averaging $7,735 a year. That adds up to $30,940 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
2,676 Undergraduate Degrees
964 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, 2,676 received undergraduate degrees and 964 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 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
Computer Information Systems 79 $50,234

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

60% Take At Least One Class Online
15% 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 2019-2020, 8,168 students took at least one online class at East Tennessee State University. This is an increase from the 7,986 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 8,168 2,026
2018-2019 7,986 2,270
2017-2018 7,955 2,060
2016-2017 6,630 1,628
2015-2016 5,755 1,229

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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