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 amphitheater. 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.
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.
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 is 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.
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