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



ETSU Trailblazer
Student plans career in teen health

Kristen Surles was drawn to this particular field of research after earning her master’s degree by working for a non-profit agency that provided counseling to teens. “A lot of kids don’t have access to care. I found that a lot of schools are overwhelmed and under-resourced to provide any kind of care to youth."

Now a doctoral student in health management and policy in the College of Public Health, Surles is a graduate assistant in CARE Women’s Health and an Emerging Scholar in Family Planning, with her work funded by a grant from the Society of Family Planning Research Fund.

Kristen's Story

ETSU at a Glance


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


166 highly respected academic programs, many nationally ranked


862 military-affiliated students



Nationally ranked for the least amount of student debt



Nineteen Division 1 athletic teams competing in the Southern Conference


250 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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