Dual Admission Program

The East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Dual Admission Program is available to students transferring to ETSU from select Community Colleges. This program offers Community College students the advantage of a structured approach for completion of an Associate's Degree, followed by enrollment in pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree at ETSU. Dually admitted students first enroll at a Community College, complete the Associate's Degree, (A.A., A.F.A, A.S. and A.S.T) and then enroll at ETSU. This program will ease the transfer process and foster students' academic success. The advantage of the dual admissions agreement as opposed to an articulation agreement is that students have direct contact with both Community Colleges and ETSU faculty and staff throughout the program. In addition, the dual admission program provides enhanced advisement and transition support services.

The information at this page is generic and may change as specific agreements are signed with Community Colleges.

Existing Agreements

    *Chattanooga State Community College
    *Cleveland State Community College
    *Motlow State Community College
    *Northeast State Community College
    *Pellissippi State Community College
    *Roane State Community College
    *Southwest Virginia Community College
    *Walters State Community College

Eligibility for Dual Admission Program

A student must meet the following conditions to be eligible:

  • Plans to pursue both an Associate's Degree and Bachelor's Degree
  • Meets current admission criteria for Tennessee Community Colleges
  • Has earned 29 or fewer college-level semester hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0; with a cumulative 2.75 GPA for the A.S.T Degree
  • Enters Community College under the 2004 or later catalog (the common general education core curriculum was implemented in fall 2004).
  • Upon graduation from Community College with an A.A., A.F.A, A.S., A.S.T. degree, students will reaffirm the information on their original application. Residency classification with regard to fee payment will be made by ETSU at the time the application for admissions is submitted to ETSU.

Advantages for Students

  • Students are guaranteed acceptance to ETSU upon completion of the A.A., A.F.A, A.S., A.S.T. degree and other requirements of the program at Community Colleges. Students in the Dual Admissions Program who meet eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to ETSU but not acceptance into any individual academic discipline with may have additional degree requirements.
  • Students will become familiar with university staff and academic advisors, which should facilitate the transition process.
  • Students will receive academic advising from both institutions including early advisement from ETSU.
  • Students will be able to register following ETSU’s registration by appointment time period the semester of graduation from Community Colleges upon completion of ETSU orientation.
  • Student will receive an ETSU Campus student ID card with dual admission designation which will provide access to specified services and activities below:
    • Dual admission students will have access to services and resources in the: Sherrod Library and Advising Resources, and Career Center (ARC) and general advising referral and support.
    • Dual admission students will be eligible to apply for housing in on-campus ETSU residence hall and apartment facilities and are subject to all applicable housing and university rules and policies.
    • Dual admission students will be eligible to purchase a ticket at the designated student guest rate at ETSU athletic events.
    • Dual admission students will be eligible to pay the $20 per semester SGA fee to receive student tickets to the designated SGA major event/concert each semester per the allotment procedures for the designated event. This fee is subject to change.
    • Available services and activities will not include access to ETSU Student Health Services or the Basler Center for Physical Activity. All services and activities are offered subject to ETSU policies, and ETSU reserves the right to suspend access to any service and/or activity at any time.

Institutions' Responsibilities

  • Community Colleges will forward a copy of the Community College application for DAP/non-binding Intent-to-Enroll form
  • Both Community Colleges and ETSU will identify Dual Admissions students in their student information system
  • Both Community Colleges and ETSU will provide advisement to each student
  • Each institution will develop a web site specifically for the Dual Admissions Program
  • At the end of each semester, Community Colleges will provide ETSU an official transcript for each participant in the DAP, and student work at Community Colleges will be posted as transfer credit in the student information system at ETSU providing the authorization for exchange between institutions is approved by the student. Dual Admissions students will be conditionally admitted to ETSU, pending completion of all DAP requirements, after a review of the first semester grades from Community College.
  • Each institution will establish a primary and secondary campus contact
  • Community Colleges will refer students to the ETSU primary and secondary campus contacts during their first semester of enrollment in the Dual Admissions Program. Students will work jointly with Community Colleges and ETSU contacts to determine course selection.
  • Community Colleges will accept any appropriate credit taken at ETSU by the student toward the associate degree