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The Graduate School The School of Graduate Studies has enjoyed more than 60 years of leadership in Tennessee and in the South, producing quality graduates who go on to serve their communities and employers as well-trained professionals. Since 1949, when the State Board of Education authorized East Tennessee State College to offer graduate instruction, the Graduate School has grown from one Master of Arts degree in education to over 60 majors and concentrations resulting… [+] in more than 120 different program choices across 11 schools and colleges. The University Founded in 1911, East Tennessee State University is one of six state colleges governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. With approximately 15,000 students, ETSU is large enough to offer many choices in programs and activities, but small enough to avoid the intimidating and impersonal atmosphere of a larger university. East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the ETSU's accreditation. Location Johnson City is located a short drive from the state lines of North Carolina and Virginia, and just a little farther from Kentucky, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Situated just a couple of miles off interstate 26 and just a few more from Interstate 81, ETSU is easily accessible by automobile. Tri-Cities Regional Airport, a full-service facility served by Allegiant Air, Delta Connection, and US Airways Express, is about a 20-minute drive from campus. The broader Tri-Cities region offers a diverse number of attractions which include an array of historical sites, Boone and Watauga Lakes, two symphony orchestras, the International Storytelling Center, NASCAR racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, and numerous hiking and water sports opportunities. With a population of approximately 65,000, Johnson City provides students an affordable standard of living with safe streets and thriving neighborhood communities in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Our Campus In the heart of Johnson City, ETSU's main campus sits on 340 beautiful acres in the shadow of Buffalo and Cherokee Mountains. Across the ETSU campus you will pass by more than 80 buildings, including academic and teaching facilities, an extraordinary library, state-of-the-art residence halls and athletic facilities, and even an observatory and an outdoor amphitheatre. The center area of campus recently underwent a transformation as a road and parking areas… [+] were removed to create the Quad, a beautiful new green space which is also home to our Veterans Memorial. In early 2014, ETSU will open a new student parking garage that will add over 1,200 additional parking spaces. In addition to the main campus ETSU has facilities on the VA campus just across the street, a campus in Kingsport, Elizabethton and Sevierville, and several satellite facilities in the area bringing education and resources to the region. Our Home ETSU's main campus is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, with a population of 61,990. Johnson City is situated in the northeast corner of the state bordered by Virginia and North Carolina. Johnson City has something to offer everyone and appeal to interests you might have. There are numerous restaurants, music venues, multi-screen digital cinemas, a thriving community theatre, and a number of festivals to fill your nights on the town. In addition, Johnson City is only a day‘s drive away from half of the U.S. population. ETSU has a major presence in the local economy, giving Johnson City the feeling of a "college town," but with a friendly, low-crime community and a beautiful environment that feels more like home than an extended vacation. Our History ETSU was founded in 1911 as East Tennessee State Normal School to educate teachers. East Tennessee State officially became a college in 1925 when it changed its name to East Tennessee State Teachers College, subsequently gaining accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1927. In 1943, East Tennessee State Teachers College was expanded into a college with a range of liberal arts offerings, becoming East Tennessee State College. The college became a University in 1963, adopting the name it holds today. ETSU has gone through many changes since its inception. Over the tenure of 9 presidents ETSU has grown to encompass 11 colleges utilizing 4 campuses and several satellite facilities. Among its colleges are the Tennessee Board of Regents only College of Medicine, founded in 1974, and a privately funded College of Pharmacy which admitted its first class in January 2007. Through the years ETSU has grown not just physically but also virtually via its online presence. ETSU opened its first distance education course in 1990. ETSU offered its first online course in 1995 and its first fully online program in 2001, the first of each in the State of Tennessee. ETSU Online has since grown to include nearly 500 courses and 45 fully online degree program concentrations and certificates as of Fall 2013.