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East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%
Acceptance Rate87%

About East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University Overview

East Tennessee State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Johnson City, Tennessee. East Tennessee State University was founded in 1911 and enrolls around 13,303 students per year year, including 10,316 undergraduate students. East Tennessee State University offers housing for up to 3,069 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 10% of students spend their weekends on campus.

There are many ways for students to get involved at East Tennessee State University!

Are you interested in music or performing? At East Tennessee State University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? East Tennessee State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? East Tennessee State University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? East Tennessee State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at East Tennessee State University on the Student Life page.

2022 East Tennessee State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 0%
In-State Tuition $7,486
Out-of-State $10,788
Percent of Need Met 54%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,337

Is East Tennessee State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what East Tennessee State University offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for East Tennessee State University

It is moderately difficult to get into East Tennessee State University. The acceptance rate at East Tennessee State University is 87%. Out of 8,563 applications received in 2022, 7,484 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at East Tennessee State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It guages how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 67% of students who start at East Tennessee State University come back for their second year of college. Around 51% of students who started at East Tennessee State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook East Tennessee State University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from East Tennessee State University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with East Tennessee State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

East Tennessee State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of East Tennessee State University's endowment was $130.1 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, East Tennessee State University spends about $13,762 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at East Tennessee State University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

East Tennessee State University meets 54% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,337 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $27,866 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at East Tennessee State University.

Based on this information, is East Tennessee State University the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is East Tennessee State University a good school for you?

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Where is East Tennessee State University Located?

East Tennessee State University is located in the small town setting of Johnson City, Tennessee.

If you want to see East Tennessee State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 26 to Johnson City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Tri-Cities Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what East Tennessee State University and Johnson City are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1276 Gilbreath Drive Johnson City, TN 37686

Campus Setting: Small Town

East Tennessee State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to East Tennessee State University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to East Tennessee State University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

East Tennessee State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to East Tennessee State University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into East Tennessee State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

East Tennessee State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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East Tennessee State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at East Tennessee State University is like? There are approximately 13,303 students enrolled at East Tennessee State University, including 10,316 undergraduate students and 2,987 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from TN and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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