East Tennessee State University (ETSU)

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East Tennessee State University can be found in Johnson City, TN, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around sixteen thousand students enrolled each year at ETSU.

Many of the students admitted to ETSU earned an SAT score between 970 - 1180, or got accepted with an ACT composite score within the range of 20 - 27. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the ETSU average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.06 - 3.45. 86% of all students that apply are granted admission to East Tennessee State University, from which 27% choose to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the ETSU acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 81%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at etsu.edu.

Overall ETSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for East Tennessee State University was reported as 86.0% in Fall 2020 with over 7,700 applications submitted to ETSU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ETSU ACT Scores: 20 - 27
  • ETSU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into East Tennessee State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into East Tennessee State University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for East Tennessee State University has been slowly getting lower over the recent years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 91.6%
  • 2017-2018: 85.5%
  • 2018-2019: 87.1%
  • 2019-2020: 86.0%
  • Projected ETSU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 80.9%

How Does ETSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for East Tennessee State University is fifty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Appalachian State University76.8%
Western Carolina University68.7%
University of South Carolina-Upstate58.1%
University of the Cumberlands80.0%
Radford University75.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to ETSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 610
Math480 - 570
Total Score970 - 1180
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 28
Math18 - 25
Composite Score20 - 27
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