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Bucs Go Beyond

ETSU was founded in 1911 with a singular purpose: to improve the quality of life for people in the region and beyond.



Anthony Salas stands in the ETSU film studio

Bucs Go Beyond
ETSU Filmmaker  Qualifies for Academy Award

Even before Anthony Salas crossed the commencement stage in May, the East Tennessee native had earned experiences that seasoned industry experts could envy. That includes time with ESPN films and HGTV. Now, he can add another line to his already impressive résumé.
A film he helped produce won Best Documentary Short at Tribeca, a prestigious annual film festival in New York. The honor means the work automatically qualifies for an Academy Award. 

Anthony's Story

ETSU at a Glance

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Nearly 14,000 students from 71 countries and all 50 states

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173 highly respected academic programs, many nationally ranked

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862 military-affiliated students

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ETSU is among the top ten percent of colleges for least amount of student debt

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Eighteen Division 1 athletic teams competing in the Southern Conference

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240+ student organizations to help you find your place and your people


Life in the Appalachian Highlands

Set in an outdoor-lover’s paradise, ETSU’s main campus is located in beautiful and vibrant Johnson City, Tennessee. It is a short drive to numerous thriving mountain towns including Bristol, Kingsport, and historic Jonesborough, as well as Asheville in bordering North Carolina.

And with gorgeous lakes, rivers, and hiking and biking trails nearby — including more than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail — there is always something new to explore.  


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  • Roan Mountain
  • Cherokee National Forest


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East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. ETSU may also offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of ETSU may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).