East Tennessee State University Reviews

  • 47 Reviews
  • Johnson City (TN)
  • Annual Tuition: $27,199
84% of 47 students said this degree improved their career prospects
85% of 47 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Nathan Ford
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2021
  • Degree: English
"After being sold a broad degree which I loved working towards at the time, post graduation companies will not take the degree seriously no matter what field you work. The professors are wonderful and the subject matter is interesting and engaging, but if you want a job after graduation that pays enough to survive on try a STEM path instead which can be obtained from a community college at much lower investment costs. Save your time and effort."
Holley Linkous
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2019
  • Degree: Communications
"As an undergrad at ETSU, I absolutely loved the small town feel of Johnson City. Everyone was very friendly, I felt safe on and around campus, and everything I needed was near by. This was my first experience away from home, and it was a great place to be. The community and culture was encouraging. I will always have a fondness for my time at this school. I personally struggled to find a job after graduation, but I never made use of the career services. I recommend students using all the services campus has to offer!"
Sarah
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2019
  • Degree: Sports Management
"Hands down ETSU was the best decision for my undergraduate degree. After some trail and error I found the degree that would set me on the career path of my dreams. I focused in Park and Recreation Management and I couldn't have made a better decision! From the time I entered my major I found that the professors were great and they really want what is best for their students. I would find myself spending extra time in the classrooms and office hours just to soak up as much information as possible. As a recent graduate I am still in contact with my advisors and they give me advice on career choices and job opportunities, I can't ask for a better experience as an undergraduate. With the help of my professors, I have gained confidence in myself as a leisure service provider and I can not wait to get out and share my knowledge with everyone. I without a doubt recommend ETSU especially the Sport and Leisure Management program (SALM)."
Sarah
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2019
  • Degree: Sports Management
"Hands down ETSU was the best decision for my undergraduate degree. After some trail and error I found the degree that would set me on the career path of my dreams. I focused in Park and Recreation Management and I couldn't have made a better decision! From the time I entered my major I found that the professors were great and they really want what is best for their students. I would find myself spending extra time in the classrooms and office hours just to soak up as much information as possible. As a recent graduate I am still in contact with my advisors and they give me advice on career choices and job opportunities, I can't ask for a better experience as an undergraduate. With the help of my professors, I have gained confidence in myself as a leisure service provider and I can not wait to get out and share my knowledge with everyone. I without a doubt recommend ETSU especially the Sport and Leisure Management program (SALM)."
Nicolas Day
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
"I did not have a bad time with any of the professors I had with biology and chemistry. I was very impressed with how invested the teachers there were in my success and education. I had some fairly difficult coursework, but it was all doable. I am extremely happy with my experience there. It is very much a bargain for the price."
Chandler Parton
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2019
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"love my university, and of course, my university is ETSU. I will admit that I had some animosity towards my major and the school overall when I found out my graduation would be delayed. Almost every department has this problem of not informing students well enough of "ladder classes" that are only offered in certain semesters, and one class will be a prerequisite for another. It's very common to meet students who are going 5 or 6 years for their 4-year-degree just because of some scheduling problem. That being said, I have also learned so much about myself at ETSU. My previous university was Virginia Highlands Community College, and when I first started VHCC right out of high school, I was not ready for the college setting at all. I was able to work on my study skills and buckle down eventually, so when I arrived at ETSU after getting my 2-year-degree from VHCC, I felt ready to really step out into what felt like a "real" college. And ETSU is a real college, make no doubt about it. The best thing about ETSU is the fact that, it is exactly what you make of it. It sounds cliche, but ETSU is fortunately true of this. If you attend class regularly and get to know your professors and put forth an honorable effort, it will pay off for you. The one day you stay after class to talk to your professor might be the one day he/she brings up a potential internship. But likewise, if you become a "face in the crowd" and just float through your classes without ever getting involved, you might do okay, but you won't really progress as much as others."
Recent Grad
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2019
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The program at ETSU is disorganized at best. The department lacks cohesion and students receive very little support. Leadership and campus involvement is lacking. Students are treated like children. Foundational classes are crammed together with no regard for true learning."
Leah Dommel
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2018
  • Degree: Education
"East Tennessee State University provided great academic support. All of the education classes provided information that I use daily as a teacher. The professors were inspirational and dedicated. Financial aid at the college was not as helpful. The process was confusing and the lines were always long. I also did not receive any help in finding a job once I had earned my degree. There were no contacts with school systems or superintendents. Once I got my diploma, I had no further contact with ETSU staff."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"Nice smaller campus. Great business college that is acredited and does not cost as much as other schools"
Tama Lunceford
  • Reviewed: 3/24/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"The communication - storytelling program combines the rigor of a well developed and focused communication curriculum with advanced studies of storytelling as both a craft and a profession. Courses in communication theory, ethics and an examination of ethnography help to integrate the concepts of post modern communication for all students. Studies of storytelling history, performance traditions, and applied storytelling provide a solid foundation for ongoing immersions in performance development and practice. Opportunity to learn from and engage with Storytellers of National and International reputation is created through various institutes and adjunct courses. The program has strong ties with the International Storytelling Center which is only minutes away. Students are provided the opportunity to both attend and support the National Storytelling Festival each October."
Allison Foster
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
"The College of Public Health was instrumental in helping me succeed in my current job as a health educator. The instructors are willing to assist and mentor students who put forth the effort to excel. Class sizes are small, further allowing opportunities for students to connect in a meaningful way with faculty and staff. Highly recommend."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"The social work program was a great environment to grow and learn. Staff was very supportive !"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Reading & Literacy Education
"I have, and will continue to, recommend East Tennessee State University to anyone looking to further their education. Before receiving my Masters, I graduated from ETSU with my Bachelors. The campus is the perfect size, professors are very helpful, there are several extra curricular activities to be a part of, and Johnson City is such a fun town!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Political Science
"I highly value the college experience I had at ETSU. The school is sizeable but you don't feel lost in the shuffle. The faculty are caring and eager to interact with students. Three are many opportunities to really personalize your education."
Tori Horenstein
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2016
  • Degree: Education
"I absolutely love my program! Pros: - Caring and experienced faculty - Wonderful cohort - Plenty of experience opportunity (the program puts a lot of emphasis on practice as opposed to research) - A good selection of concentrations within the program (school counseling, college counseling, clinical mental health, and family/marriage counseling) -Access to tuition waivers/stipends Cons: - There is some animosity among some of the faculty - There is little research opportunity if you are interested in that Overall, I couldn't have chosen a better program for me."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2015
  • Degree: Counseling
"Human development and learning department (counseling major) attempts to be diversified but in fact, is very close minded in it opinions. If you're looking for mutual respect for various perspectives, this is not your school."
V. K. Sumner
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2015
  • Degree: Military Science
"As an online-only student, I did not visit the campus often, but I feel like I received an excellent education. The online classes were just as challenging and informative as on-campus classes (sometimes much more challenging...in a good way) and, as a shy person, I felt able to communicate and interact in ways that wouldn't have been possible in a face-to-face setting."
Eric
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2015
  • Degree: History
"I thought the History faculty at ETSU gave me all the tools I needed to succeed while there. They took the time to assist me in all my endeavors like internships, research, and many other things."
Katie
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"Work hard, play hard! Most importantly, DON'T forget about going to class! It's okay to skip here and there, but take it from someone who's $75K in debt only for a bachelor's at a state school: GO TO CLASS. Also, you'll go into debt (unless you're fortunate enough not to!), but try to pick a profession that qualifies for PSLF, or Public Service Loan Forgiveness. It's a federal loan forgiveness program that is real...just go to the Dept. of Education's website and search PSLF. Best of luck! :)"
Atlas
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2015
  • Degree: Finance
"Once I found my way into the business department the professors I had were great. I had a CFA, retired investment banker, corporate lawyer, former Federal Reserve banker, statistician, and several business owners as my teachers. However, the advisement was lacking and I was not encouraged to take an internship, which is my biggest regret."