Originally founded as a normal school, East Tennessee State University is a 4-year public university and part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. ETSU is home to 11 colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees and is the only school in the United States to offer a master’s degree in storytelling. With a nod to the musical traditions of the region, ETSU also features the oldest Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program in the country. For a recreational break from academia, ETSU provides hiking access to the Appalachian Trail.
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East Tennessee State University is a university full of people who care about your future, and will help you achieve your goals. While there are a ton of students enrolled here, they still make you feel at home and very comfortable.
Selena from Johnson City, TN
This will be my third year at ETSU and I have enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend it. The campus life is fantastic with many events taking place throughout the school year, and it is also a smoke free campus. The classes here can be challenging, however you will come across a lot of useful information once you delve in deeper.
Chris from Bristol, TN
ETSU is cultural, Diversified, and a true experience. We have strong pre-med programs that will truly prepare you for the medical workforce. The aid offered to students goes far beyond just finances and will allow you abundant opportunities to be successful.
Laura from Johnson City, TN
East Tennessee State University is a wonderful school, full of amazing professors who genuinely love the students. I'm on a break this semester from school to raise money while working in hopes to raise $7,000 to come back in the spring 2017. I love ETSU so much and really want to come back so I can keep pursuing my dreams of being a Physical Therapist!
Aspen - Livingston, TN
east tennessee state university is the perfect size college for me, being small and compact. my core values align with their mission statement in relation to the value of teamwork, hard work and creativity. i laud east tennessee state on their philosophy that students are the center of their essence.
baley from knoxville, tn
It's cheaper than most colleges. It's the only college to offer a degree in Bluegrass. It recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.