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The few stereotypes that exist on Etsu are that fraternity and sorority ties can get students into excessive drinking and ove...
The few stereotypes that exist on Etsu are that fraternity and sorority ties can get students into excessive drinking and over socialization. This in turn leads to faltering grades because there are many people to meet and be friends with on campus. Otherwise, the college stereotype is students go party, while they attend school and balance their grades. How students choose to interact socially and responsibly effects scholastic achievement. I like to thing that Etsu doesn't have stereotypes because of its diverse network of great people steering students in the right direction. Each institution a student finds such as extracurricular activities and having a place to share your ideas, gives them more opportunity to excel away from social trends and meet the diverse range of great people.
I would reccommend ETSU to prospective students if the school has their major. It is a standard college. Some of the teachers...
I would reccommend ETSU to prospective students if the school has their major. It is a standard college. Some of the teachers are incredible and inspiring while others are out of touch and should probably retire. The president recently retired, and a younger man with little experience will be taking his position. The size of the school is average; classes usually have 15-30 people in them unless they are in an auditorium. Parking is limited, but a 21 million dollar parking garage is being built. Students can take the Bucshot shuttle from distant parking. Most of my time on campus is spent in class or at my scholarship job. The library is large and full of books and computers. My computer was broken for a semester and I was able to get all my homework done in the library. It is classy and quiet. I enjoy the outdoors and often go hiking at Buffalo Mtn., Roan Mtn., and Holston Mtn. I spent a summer working on the Nolichucky River as a raft guide. If people are interested in exploring but having the advantages of living in a town, this location is prime. Johnson City is demographically a college town, but downtown is small and although people get bucwild, the crime rate is low and the town is well-maintained. We don't have a football team so school spirit is not necessarily through the roof. One of the biggest controversies at the school is the smoking policy. The school is supposed to be tobacco free except in personal vehicles, but students and faculty smoke and dip on campus. I think the school should accomodate all types of students by providing ash trays or a smoking area. Smoking has almost become a sign of protest. Throwing butts on the ground is many students' way of saying "fuck your policy" as well as smoking near the entrance to a main building. Our mascot is the buccaneer, in layman's terms, a mountain pirate. In my opinion, the school should begin calling themselves the mountain pirates. I lived in a dorm my first year and had a meal plan. It was a complete waste of money. I recommend living off campus in the historic tree streets neighborhood next to campus. I lived there for two years in a house that was over one hundred years old. Johnson City is an excellent place to live for people who prefer a slow paced yet progressive city. ETSU has been an excellent place for me to meet like-minded people and to get the degree I need and the experience to apply my education.
The student population is diverse. Some are well-versed in their politics and capable of winning educated debates with other students. However, students tend to gather with those like themselves. Although they naturally segregate, four different groups of students could mix into four new groups and find common ground. We have progressive groups for almost every sect of people: LGBT, Republicans, Democrats, environmentalists, racial equality groups, support groups. We also have a number of clubs and athletic groups. Students are active in organizing new groups and getting sponsors for their cause. Anyone could make friends here. We have straights and freaks. Some come from wealthy families, and some are struggling to finance their education while supporting a family. Different types of students interact with each other in class, but I cannot speak for what they do outside of class. At some parties that I have attended, everyone mingles despite differences. ETSU students don't seem to have issues with embracing diversity. In any given classroom, one could find a student in pajamas, a girl who looks like she's going clubbing, a guy who just came from the gym, a stoner eating throughout the entire class period, a kid with headphones in yet not listening to them, the student who is on facebook all class, the student who raises his hand for everything, the student who turns every topic into one about social injustice, the sorority girl, the frat boy, the SGA senator who always looks like they are going ot an important meeting, the punk, the hipster and a variety of others. Most of the students are from within two hundred miles of the school and getting in-state tuition. Some are very determined while others are just in school because it seemed like the right thing to do after high school.
Academics at ETSU is designed to get students jobs in their desired field. With the exception of a few, my teachers have been willing to meet me outside of class and respond promptly to emails to help me succeed. Many of the teachers are passionate about their subject and make every effort to make class interesting and well rounded. General education classes can be boring and attendance is usually lower than upper level classes. Once I began my upper level courses, my college experience changed dramatically. My teachers all know my name, except in auditorium classes, and they are mostly fair and committed. The school requires internships for many majors so that when graduation rolls around, students already have experience and connections. Students are not very competitive. I am a Journalism major; lots of my homework is field work, not necessarily sitting at home writing papers and studying. Last semester was my favorite so far. Each week, I had a story or paper to write, photo assignments and lots of helpful criticism from my teachers. I already feel quite prepared to be a writer though I know I have much to learn. I worked 30 hours a week while taking 18 hours of classes and 6 hours weekly at my scholarhsip job last semester. It was extremely stressful and I seriously considered quitting school. My academic advisor doubled as a life counselor and friend and helped me assess my goals and sort out issues with my family and job in one sitting. I can probably thank her for saving my career, and that is not necessarily her job. The professors and advisors that I have had have gone above and beyond their job requirements to help me. That is how I would describe academics at ETSU, committed to individual success.
ETSU is often called a "suitcase school" because some people leave for the weekends to stay with their parents. Everyone does not do this, but students like this make up a large part of the population. Many of them are typical, fresh-out-of-high school students who have yet to be stereotyped as anything other than dependent. We have outdoors lovers (because the school is surrounded by hiking, caving, camping and rafting area). I sometimes hear the partiers called "chromies," named after our local dance club Chrome where the girls who tan too much and the boys with perpetual boners go on Thursdays to sweat on each other. We have geeks, artists and athletes. Greek life is about the same as any other school: bros in their matching glasses, vests, polos, shoes and hobbies and sorrority sisters with their philanthropy, fashion and booze. The student population is mostly friendly and laid back. Everyone seems to mesh. I suppose that happens when people get out of high school and learn to appreciate their differences.
I love my university, and of course, my university is ETSU. I will admit that I had some animosity towards my major and the s...
I 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. I have seen a lot of students get their degrees and complain of not having any jobs, but ETSU has taught me that nothing is really given to you, and I mean that in the best way possible. I have some great professors who would bend over backwards for me because I have proved to them I am serious about my studies. So I would recommend ETSU to anyone. Are their other universities in the area that are ranked higher? Absolutely -- but ETSU has a pleasant atmosphere, diverse student body, and a variety of majors to go into -- and all of them can be beneficial to you so long as you stick your neck out and work at it. ETSU is great. There is school pride, without a doubt. Driving around Johnson City and even the surrounding cities like Bristol and Kingsport, you will see ETSU bumper stickers and signs reading "ETSU Pride" planted on doors of local businesses. It's fascinating really. Even people who never attended ETSU will still show pride because of how well known the school is. When concerts and other venues come to Johnson City, 90% of them come to ETSU because it can house such a big crowd, and they know there is an audience for it. Johnson City is definitely a college town, and it's all because of ETSU. Even with schools like Milligan College near Johnson City as well, nothing comes close to the reputation ETSU has.
There is a big Fraternity/Sorority community around ETSU, but I would not say it's the most popular organization at the university. I would have to say "The Well" is the most popular and biggest group on campus, not counting something like the SGA. The Well is a youth group with a building located off campus where ETSU students can come and relax, and obviously worship. It's a Christian organization, but they go out of their way to try and bring in all students. I have a friend who actually holds a special meeting for Chinese students and he translates whatever message they are having into Chinese for them. But ETSU is not limited to that. There is also an Agnostic Group that meets on campus, and one of my friends also is a member, and they meet quite regularly as well. There is a lot to do in Johnson City off campus, and not all of it involves drinking. There are of course your typical restaurants and pubs, but there are multiple coffee shops, theaters, shopping malls -- all the necessities a college town needs. It even has a public transportation system called "The BucShot" that travels around Johnson City with the Johnson City Transit -- and this bus system is free for ETSU students. You can wake up on a Saturday morning, hop on a bus, eat breakfast at a bagel shop downtown, get back onboard and travel to a bike shop or one of the many shopping centers. There is even a Kroger and Earth Fare located conveniently near the dormitories, allowing students without a car to just walk and pick up groceries, and come right back to campus. Johnson City has really evolved around ETSU to accommodate the students there, and likewise, a lot of businesses come to Johnson City because they know it is a college town.
I don't think anyone can feel out of place at ETSU. I sincerely and honestly mean that, and I would tell anyone that. It's even shocking for someone like my mother when she would come to campus for whatever reason, because she would see how diverse it is. In any classroom, you will find a near equal ration of male and female students. There are black students and white students and Asian students and Hispanic students -- just to name a few. You will see students with blue hair who are going to an "Anime Club" meeting, and students with long hair and beards riding bikes around campus. You'll see people wearing suits and some people wearing pajamas at any given time of the day. And no one discriminates. ETSU hosts a lot of speakers throughout the semester. In the auditorium for the DP Culp Center you will always see an advertisement for some free event or debate coming up. I have seen the actor/bodybuilder Lou Ferigno talk about his hearing disability and his life as an actor. I have seen Ron Jeremy debate pastor Craig Gross about the porn industry. I have even seen the comedian Gabriel Iglesias perform on campus. Despite this school being set in "East Tennessee," it is certainly not limited to the stereotypes of the region. You will find much more than students from an agricultural community attending classes -- you will see students from around the world and from all walks of life. And if there is one thing I am sure of about ETSU, it is that.
The academics are ETSU are -- as I said in the previous answer -- mostly what you make it. You can have a thriving college experience with your classes and professors if you make it happen. There are a lot of groups and clubs on campus that meet outside of classes that can really help you network and impress potential employers in the future. There are study groups and tutoring centers that students can go to if they need the help. So yes -- the academics are definitely a positive thing, and ETSU has new and up-to-date facilities and technology to provide that. My major is Journalism, and one example of getting involved myself is by writing for the East Tennessean. The East Tennessean is a newspaper on campus that is ran entirely by students, and the paper is always looking for writers. I used the opportunity to get published in an actual physical print paper and I have been writing for the ET for over 2 years now -- and I get paid for it as well. In some ways, writing for the ET has given me more experience and an understanding of the newspaper industry than all the classes I have taken, and I do mean that as a positive thing.
I think people think of ETSU as the "affordable" college in the area that will literally accept anyone. There are a lot of other private schools in the area with much higher tuition rates and smaller student bodies, and it is true that ETSU is one of the more affordable universities, and it also does have a large student body that is growing every year. Therefore, I think people stereotype some of the students at ETSU as "lower class" or "middle class" who wanted to go to college but couldn't afford anything better. I also know ETSU has a very big international program, so some students stereotype it as a place with students from all over the world. You can literally walk in a classroom in almost any building for any major and you're bound to see at least one foreign student in a classroom, often times multiple ones. And I think ETSU has a stereotype of having this point in the semester where a big percentage of the students attending drops. ETSU is one of the only schools in the area (to my knowledge) that has a strict attendance policy. Almost every teacher will fail a student if they miss more than X amount of classes. So it's quite common to see a lot of people on campus at the beginning of the semester. It's almost chaotic. But as the semester goes on, parking frees up, and sometimes class sizes can drop down from 20 people to just 10 or less students. I know every college has this problem to some degree, but with a big student body count like the one ETSU has, it's synonymous with the school
In my opinion the best thing about East Tennessee State University is the amount of personal interaction that is available to...
In my opinion the best thing about East Tennessee State University is the amount of personal interaction that is available to each and every student, due to the fact that ETSU is not a large university. However, ETSU is not a college that would be considered too small either. It is definetly a perfect size for anyone who feels they would not fit well in a school considered to be big. When thinking about what needs to be changed at this university, nothing really comes to mind except the slow pace that is present in the Finacial Aid office. Due to the slowness of this department, students are faced with some complications, but with consistence and the right amount of patience, these conflictions will be worked out. When others are informed of my attending this university; they are curious of its qualities and of course any cons as well, with the intention of themselves possibly attending the college. Most of my time is spent in the classrooms on campus. Being a full-time student, not much time is available for me to spend anywhere else. East Tennessee State University is located in Johnson City which is a considered to be a big college town. This is apparent especially in the summer time when most students decide to go home and not only the campus, but the city itselfs seems like a ghost town. The most recent controversy at ETSU is the lack of ethinc diversity, especially amoung African Americans. Although these ethnicities are present on campus, it is noticable that there is a minmal amunt. But this problem is currently being worked on. What is most unusual about this school is even though it is located in a college town and that it has a pretty successful baskeball team, there is an apparent lack of school spirit. Faculty, staff and city offcials are working to encourage students to show more school spirit with every opportunity available. With the increasing student population, parking is quickly becoming an issue. However many steps have been taken to fix this problem. The whole college experience itself will be remebered long after graduating. The people encounted, the classes enrolled in, the education and experice gained and the school chosen to attend will never be forgotten.
It was mentioned earlier that East Tennessee State University offers an abundace of opportunity for personal interaction due to the fact that the university and the classes avaiable are not large. For this reason, it is not difficult for professors to learn the names of each student and become fimiliar with their abilities and learning styles. My favorite class attended at ETSU was History 1010. I have an adimiration for History, so learning about this subject intrigued my interest. Another reason I found this class to be enjoyable was the teaching style of the professor. She seemed very laid back and patient with her students, which in turn made the whole class experience unforgettable. My least favorite class was Practical Reasoning. This was simply because the more in depth material of this course reminded me somewhat of a math course and math is not my best subject. The time spent studying varies with each student. Some students spend all their free time studying, some try to balance out time spent with their friends and the time spent studying and sadly some students do not take time to study at all. This aspect really depends on how deticated the student is with fulfilling their eduction. Once again, due to classes not pertaining a large amount of students; class particiapation is usually very common. Though this too also depends on the student and their dedication to education. The amount of intellecual conversations students have outside of class and the amount of competition each student possesses again depends on the student themselves. It depends on If the student is more concerned with indulging themselves in conversations that stimulate the mind or if the student is more concerned with what is going on in their personal lives rather then the information they are learning. The most unique class I have particiapated in was my sports writing class. The was unique because most of the class was spent not in a classroom, but at sport competitions. This class gave the student a good grasp on what it would be like to be a sports writer. My major is Mass Communication with a concentration in Journalism. The department for this major seems to be a very friendly, easy-going environment. I strive to have as much interations with my teachers outside of class as possible, simply because having one on one interactions with the professors is somewhat a necessity for the student to have a successful educational outcome. The academic requirements this university asks for is undoubtedly classes that each student should take. These classes are essential for achieving the right amount of knowledge for facing the intimidating situations present in the world after college. The education recieved at this college does great with preparing the student to get a job after graduation. Each department lets the students know what to look for, what to expect, how to act and how one should present themselves after the job has been found. If one performs well with academics, listens to the professors and actually takes their education seriously, the college experience one has recieved should prove to be a success in the real world.
Of course like every school, East Tennessee State University has all of the aforementioned stereotypes: jocks, frat kids, stoners and geeks and yes these stereotypes are accurate. It is no surprise to any prospective and current student that every school is going to include these stereotypes. What is unique about ETSU however, is that no matter what group one may be categorized under, they are greeted and welcomed with friendly, open arms. Stereotypes may be present, but they are not used to pass judgement. They are only present to identify one's own unique self.
The biggest perk about the school is location, location, location. ETSU has a nice, clean campus that stays well-maintained y...
The biggest perk about the school is location, location, location. ETSU has a nice, clean campus that stays well-maintained year-round. It's close to numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures. Your class is canceled tomorrow? Go for a hike or swim. Parking has always been a pain. They built a new dorm building, and while I've heard it's quite the place to live, you know in the back of everyone's mind, they were cursing the school for not building a parking garage. On the bright side, if you have to park 30 miles away, there are a couple of free buses that go around picking up students and dropped them off around campus. Football was discontinued in 2003, and with it went our school pride. We have plenty of other sports, but none generate a following like football would. The fondest experiences I have from school stem from the people I've met while attending ETSU. I've made some great friends, both professors and students.
There are bad professors and good professors wherever you go. I've had way more good than bad here, even having professors I've hung out with after class. Unless you're in a huge auditorium class, the teacher will know your name. The library seems to always be full of students. After library hours, Late-Night Study is open and is usually full of students also. ETSU is known for its bluegrass program. You can hear the bluegrass music as you walk around campus. I know we have a really good digital media program, too. I don't think it's very hard to get into ETSU, but you best maintain your GPA to keep scholarships if you have them.
A lot of people believe that half of the school's population consists mainly of hipsters and Asian exchange students. They aren't wrong.
My introduction to ETSU was a campus tour on a cold, windy day. The tour guide, tour director, and an advisor in the health s...
My introduction to ETSU was a campus tour on a cold, windy day. The tour guide, tour director, and an advisor in the health sciences were the first people I talked to at the school. All three of them were very friendly, helpful, and genuinely interested in me as a potential future student. I have found those things to be true of nearly all the people at ETSU throughout my three-and-a-half years here. It is the people who set us apart. It is the teachers who learn your name and get to know you and are always willing to help you succeed. It is the faculty of the various offices who are quick to respond to emails and pleasant to meet with face-to-face to answer your questions about registration or financial aid or housing issues. One thing that makes it possible for the people to be so helpful and friendly is the size of the school. We have just over 15000 students but it does not feel that big. The campus is compact, not dispersed in a downtown and most of the student commute from nearby areas so the campus feels like a little community all its own. The average class size is about 24 students which allows the instructors to make the classes challenging and thus encourage learning becasue they can make themselves available to help whomever needs it. It is that kind of community that I most appreciate about ETSU. We are proud of that sense of community and show it by our attendance at our basketball and soccer and volleyball and baseball/softball games. As we do not have a football program, we are very supportive of our other athletes and have therefore made it to conference games with many of our teams over the years.
I lived in one of the traditional-style dorms on ETSU's campus my first two years there. Traditional means that there is a community bathroom (or more than one) on each hall. I loved it. There were three other rooms on our end of the hall so there were only eight of us using the same bathroom which contained three stalls, sinks, and showers. A lady came in every day and vacuumed the halls and cleaned the bathrooms. I never had to worry about keeping cleaning supplies for a bathroom on hand or if suite-mates were going to keep it as clean as I liked or the possibility of a toilet overflowing in the middle of the night and flooding our room. There was a community kitchen on each floor of the dorm also. It had a few pots and pans and a full size fridge where I would store veggies but not much else because other foods tended to disappear. The rooms in our dorm and the corresponding guys dorm were originally designed for three girls but because of fire code, only two girls are assigned to each room. We had a large room and an extra, large closet where we kept our microwave and mini-fridge. The room was easy to keep clean and had a nice big window. Besides the traditional style residence halls, ETSU also offers suite-style, efficiency apartment, two-bedroom apartment, and private rooms. By next summer all of the residence halls will have air conditioning.
When looking at colleges, I knew I wanted to go into a medical field of some type but was not sure whether I wanted to do med school, nursing, PT, or pharmacy. ETSU has all of those so it was a good choice because I could start taking classes and choose whichever I liked knowing that I could complete my education in any of those at ETSU. What sealed the deal however, was my visit to campus including a tour of campus by a student. The girl who gave my tour was awesome and very encouraging and friendly. All of the people I met at the school on that trip were friendly and helpful whether they were advisers, students, or housing staff. I also fell in love with the beautiful campus and surrounding country. I love the mountains and the small town with its farmer's market and bluegrass and storytelling tradition. I have never regretted my decision to come here and would consider living and working here once I finish school.
There are many on campus dining options including the all-you-can-eat cafeteria, snack shops, smoothie bar, Chinese, burgers, coffee, Chick-fil-a, and Einsteins bagel brothers. Besides these various options, the student ID card can be loaded with money and used as a debit card at over a dozen area restaurants and grocery stores. With this option, the choices are almost endless.
The most unique thing about our campus is a miniature railroad museum in the basement of one of the buildings. It has three model railroads complete with enthusiasts and a crossing guard signal outside the entrance. It is named the George L Carter railroad museum in honor of the man who donated all of the land ETSU is built on to the state for the school to be founded. He worked for the railroad so the museum is a fun way to remember and honor him.
Usually when I step off campus I am headed home after a day of classes and I cross the street into an historic neighborhood full of large, old frame, brick, and stone houses. Right now I step into piles of spicy-smelling leaves that cover the sidewalks and see the many neighborhood children jumping into leaf piles and playing outdoors. Keep going far enough and I would end up downtown where Main Street pizza smells fill the air and art galleries fill old brick buildings. If a walk off campus in the other direction I can stop by Earthfare for lunch or grab a doughnut and coffee at a local place and then keep going to Kroger to pick up groceries. If I walk for several hours (or bike for about 1) I can reach the major shopping area of Johnson City and a Panera with delicious tomato basil soup (my personal favorite!) Behind campus are several neighborhoods housing a mix of college students and professors. A five minute drive in that direction will take you to the trail head of Buffalo Mountain which provides days worth of exploration. Cross the street next to the minidome at the front of campus and you are at the medical school campus which is perhaps even more old-fashioned and beautiful looking than the main campus. Keep going that direction long enough and you will reach the mall area with lots of restaurants and other shopping centers.
When I first arrived at ETSU to take a tour of campus the first thing I noticed was how beautiful it is. Set in the gorgeous mountains of upper east TN, ETSU is a campus of southern brick building with white columns and LOTS of beautiful and diverse trees. ETSU's campus is actually a certified arboretum with a very large variety of trees (all labeled) along with many different bushes and flowers. No matter what season you come to visit, I can guarantee that the campus will look lovely. Fall is especially pretty with the flaming orange maples, brilliant yellow gingko, and dark red oaks. We usually get two or three snowfalls of several inches which make the red brick buildings stand out against the white drifts and dark green evergreen trees. In the spring there are plenty of budding trees and also irisi, crocus, and dogwoods blooming. In warmer weather, the many open, grassy spaces are full of students picnic-ing, playing bluegrass music, reading, or throwing a frisbee.
While we do have the usual sororities and fraternities, there are also over 200 clubs and organizations at ETSU. Intermurals are pretty popular with every sport from flag-football to ping-pong to innertube water polo. There are a couple of different outdoor activity groups that organize hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, caving, scuba, rock-climbing, and skiing/snowboarding trips. Because ETSU is located next door to the Cherokee National Forest and the Blue Ridge mountains with the appalachina trail, outdoor opporunities abound whether or not you join an organization. The student gym rents outdoor equipment by the night or week so you can go adventuring whenever you want wherever you want without having to purchase your own gear. We also have a large ultimate frisbee club and a disc golf club that is beginning to grow. We are getting a disc golf course on campus next semester. For those less into outdoor activities, we have a student group called Buctainment that organizes movie nights, shows by comedians and hypnotists, and entertaining lectures. Our SGA also organizes a concert each semester involving a big name musician or group such as Maroon five, One Republic, Jordan Sparks, Carie Underwood, etc. There are also plenty of honor societies and service organizations that allow for participation in volunteer activities to help those less fortunate in the community. There are many five-k's, road races, tri-athlon, and cycling races held in the area throughout the year.
For a smaller school, we are an especially diverse student body. We have a large student exchange and study abroad program that brings people from all over the world to ETSU and allows students at ETSU the chance to experience a different culture in another part of the world. They also arrange a week of information and demonstrations around studying abroad and different cultures/countries. There are many scholerships available and studetns can choose to study at a different school in the US or in a foreign country for a semester or a few weeks in the summer. Last semester my roommate and I planned an international potluck at our apartment and ended up having about forty students from at least a dozen different countries on four different continents come. One of our founding principles is diversity and I believe we embody it well. We have a large asian exchange student population as well as many eastern and western europeans. We have a large african american population as well. There is a japanese club, a gospel choir, and an LGBTs group. We do not have a very large middle-eastern or south american population. I would guess that most of the students at ETSU are middle class. For low SES students or first generation students, there are support servies that include free tutoring in many of the harder classes including the math sciences. There are around a dozen different campus ministries that meet on campus, and each semester they hold a unit service where they all come together to worship. There is definitely a large Christian segment of the student body but there are people of other religions as well.
Because of our strong emphasis on medical and health sciences, the academics at ETSU (especially in the sciences) are rigorous. However, the class size is such that professors are often able (and very willling) to offer one-on-one help to students. There is tutoring available inmany subjects for free and some professors will arrange for group study sessions with upperclass or graduate students. There are also new living-learning community opportunities that allow health sceince students to room in a set-aside group of rooms together with other students in the same field. This fosters studying and relationships with people interested in the same subject areas. Besides the health sciences, we have several other strong fields including the arts, math, and bluegrass. We are the only school in the world where students can major in "bluegrass, old-time, and country music." This major attracts students from all over the world and ties well into the culture of the area in which the school is located. Another different program of study that is tied to the schools location is the storytelling minor. ETSU is located next door to a small town called Jonesborough TN which is a storytelling capital of the world and holds a story-telling festival every year (it also happens to be Tennessee's oldest town). With such rich heritage and history in the area, there is also good erason for history buffs to study at ETSU. Inlcuded in the history of ETSU is the fact that it was started as a school to train teachers. It is therefore no surprise that we have an excellent college of education. All in all, there is something for just about everyone and plenty of fun classes with which to boost a GPA. One fun class that is offered each spring is a skiing/snowboarding class which takes a field trip to the nearby Sugar mountain ski resort.
Because ETSU is located in the beautiful mountains of north-eastern Tennessee, the student body would most likely get stereotyped as back-woods or dumb rednecks. This is far from accurate! We have students from many different states and many different countries. We have a very large asian exchange student population as well as many african american and european students. We are known for our medical programs such as our college of medicine, college of pharmacy, college of physical therapy, and college of nursing. Because we are so focused on the health sciences, our undergraduate science classes and science majors are academically stringent and our students are mostly hard-working bright individuals who are interested in pursuing challenging majors and careers.
There is definitely an eclectic mix of students at ETSU; however, I would say that because of the slow pace of life in Johnso...
There is definitely an eclectic mix of students at ETSU; however, I would say that because of the slow pace of life in Johnson City a good majority of us seem to be pretty laid back. The mountains and all that goes with them are a big incentive for attending school here; so, there are students that really like to adventure outdoors, there are students who enjoy late night parties (more house parties than crazy city nightlife), and there are a lot of students who hang out together because of the common bond of enjoying music. The athletic population on campus is not absent, but is not as predominant as with other colleges and universities, perhaps because we do not have a football team. Most of the athletic entertainment focuses around men's and women's basketball and soccer. Greek life is similar to the athletic population. Fraternities and sororities are active on campus, but there is such a wide variety of students that they represent a fraction of student life and do not establish a stereotype for ETSU students. For people who do like more nightlife there are 7-8 fairly busy clubs and bars in downtown Johnson City. They offer a good variety of music and entertainment - harder rock/punk music venues, acoustic music venues, pool halls, sports bars, dance clubs. One important thing to know about ETSU students is that there are a good number of them who commute to campus, so on-campus life at ETSY is not nearly as active as some colleges and universities. In many ways, however, this is one of the unique parts about going to school at ETSU. Students do not live and breath ETSU all the time. It is easier to get to know your surroundings - great local cities like Asheville, all the great hiking, climbing, kayaking locations nearby, the music festivals (like the yearly Bristol Rhythm and Roots), etc. You probably know your city and the surroundings better because not everything you do takes place on campus. So, in general ETSU does not have a predominant stereotype. We are more of a potluck of people than anything else - a good mountain chill.
I absolutely love my school and this is not me trying to sell it. There are tons of student groups and many opportunities for...
I absolutely love my school and this is not me trying to sell it. There are tons of student groups and many opportunities for students. Beyond that, the school offers a wide range of classes and majors. We are a bit weak on the graduate classes and degrees, but if you choose the right program and path you will be prepared to seek a graduate degree wherever you want. We are a rather large university with 13-14,000 students, but it honestly feels like a much smaller university which I like. Johnson City is not much of a "college town" but there are plenty of things to keep you occupied including several clubs (if that's your scene) and some amazing restaurants. My favorite thing about ETSU is the student acceptance of diversity. We have organizations for feminists, the LGBT community, African American students, Japanese students, Activists of all kinds, and the normal fraternities/sororities.
Most professors that I have encountered over the years have been more than willing to help students when they need it. They all are required to hold office hours where students can drop by and you can also schedule appointments with them if you need to discuss something with them.
One of the main problems we have on campus is a lack of parking. The school is planning to build a parking garage in the next year or so, but until then, be prepared to get to school early and walk half a mile or so to your classes. The walk really isn't that bad, but you should be prepared for it. Smoking is another issue here. The school recently banned smoking on campus other than in private vehicles but the enforcement of the policy is pretty lax. If you are a smoker, be prepared to hide behind trees or group up with other smokers in one of the unofficial smoking areas. If you are not a smoker, for the most part you can avoid those who do because they do tend to hide.
One of my favorite things about ETSU is its location. We are surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and it makes for truly beautiful scenery. Personally, I need some nature in my life in order to relax and any time I step outside here, that's what I get. Certainly we have the normal city things such as restaurants, bars, and entertainment places but by far my favorite thing is the mountains.
Over 60% of freshmen at ETSU have not declared a major. While this is certainly allowed, I wouldn't recommend it. I worked for two semesters in the undeclared major office and things get hectic when students need advisement. It is best for students to have some idea of what they want to study when they get to their first semester, that way even if you don't know exactly what you want to do, your advisor can help steer you in the right direction, rather that just having you take core classes for the first two years. Your major classes are by far the most interesting, so you want to include those as soon as you can and sprinkle the core classes in every semester.
Most students complain about the lack of parking on campus. Generally you can find a spot, you might have to walk a mile to your class, though. The school is planning to build a parking garage to help with this issue, but it won't be in place for another year or so.
There are those that get very into the sports on campus. To my knowledge, we have: baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf, and I'm sure many others. If you're a sports-buff, I really can't help you too much with this one.
Stay away from Main Meal!!!! The food is great for a couple of weeks, but it deteriorates quickly. With that being said, they are making effort to improve the food here. They have added a salad and sandwich bar and expanded the pizza bar. They also have started posting nutritional information about each dish which, for those who are at all health conscious, is very helpful. It's honestly just not worth it, especially if you are a vegetarian. Other dining options include: Asian, American, Mexican, Chik-fil-A, Quizno's, Einstein's Bagels, and Java City. All of these offer good food and you can use your meal plans at each of them. There are also several restaurants by the school that will accept ID BUC$ or meal plans as payment which is pretty convenient.
We have a huge, fantastic, and wonderful library. Seriously. It's 4 stories and has pretty much anything you will ever need. Right now I'm doing 4 research projects and if it hadn't been for the resources at our library I never would have been able to get this done. There are many computers available for student use and the library is equipped with 3 printers - 2 black and white, 1 color. The library will also rent out laptops to students for a certain amount of time (typically a few hours, I think). If you need a quiet place to study, there are work rooms scattered throughout each floor that block out any sound from other students.
Our school is actually very pretty. They have invested a lot of money in bringing in plant-life and you can really tell. There are trees everywhere and for nature-lovers it really helps. It also makes it a lot easier to relax outdoors under a big tree and listen to music or get some studying done. We are undergoing some construction, but it generally doesn't detract much from the experience.
Our old dorms are really not the greatest. I stayed in a dorm for one year and it just really wasn't for me. Most of them are pretty small and there's little to no privacy. However, if you get a good roommate, you can work out a schedule and circumvent some of these issues. The new dorms, though, are awesome. They're a lot more secure and have more privacy as well as private bathrooms. They're hard to get into, though, so if you want one of those rooms, you need to apply early!
My current classes are AWESOME! I'm taking Bioethics, Ethical Theory, Senior Seminar, Honors Thesis, Themes of Justice, and World History. I've only had a few classes here that I just haven't liked at all and most have been core classes that I just had to take.
We have several sports organizations which I suppose are popular, but I've not gotten involved with that, so if you want to know more about that, I'm not your girl. I have, however, gotten into several other organizations including: FMLA, LGBTieS, Amnesty International, Philosophy Club, Animal Rights, ECO, and several others. The school is very good at supporting student clubs and activities and it is relatively easy to ask for money to host an event on or off campus. When I go off campus, I generally hang out with my friends at a sushi bar, coffee shop, or other restaurant. We occasionally go to the local gay club, which tends to be the most popular with students regardless of orientation. I met most of my friends through classes or organizations. I've made several life-long friends this way. For a non-drinking and cheap Saturday night, check out the local $5 movie theater.
We have ALL kinds of students here at ETSU and there is an organization or club for everyone. The student involvement on campus is amazing and it really improves the overall experience. We have a very casual school where most students come in jeans and t-shirts but there are of course those that choose to dress up for class. Regardless of your preferences, there will be at least one person wearing something similar to you in your classes. Most of the religious groups on campus are Christian (we have at least 4 Christian organizations that I know of), but we also have groups for Atheists/Agnostics and Buddhists.
Most professors know most if not all of the names of their students (in my experience, anyway but I'm part of a relatively small department) and will do anything they can to help students learn. Class participation is always encouraged and I've been part of many interesting class discussions in a variety of classes because of this. I am part of the Philosophy and Humanities department. We have, by far, one of if not the best department in the South. We offer a wide range of philosophy classes - political, ethical, religious, social, and metaphysical. If you are interested in philosophy, this is the place to be in the South.
This is certainly true for some students, as it is at any school, but it is entirely possible to avoid that scene, as I have. There are tons of other things to do on campus besides party so it just depends on the student.
Some of the best things about campus are its size. A current student population of about 15,000 people. This translates into ...
Some of the best things about campus are its size. A current student population of about 15,000 people. This translates into a decent class room size thats not too big. One thing I would change would be the overall pride from the students, communitym and overall country for this university. Johnson City is a college town and many people wish for football to make is comeback, yet they won't even support basketball now. Which basketball is our biggest and best team we have. I spend most of my time in the atrium on campus. The school's administration is a group of people you must keep on to get something done. When they do whatever it may be, they are the best, but sometimes one must keep emailing them or calling them. The most frequent student complaint is parking on campus, but we do have parking. The saying goes, "There's not a parking problem here, just a walking problem." To midigate this problem we have a bus system run throughout campus and a proposed building of a parking garage.
The most popular organization is fraternities and sororities. After those it mostly moves to groups such as RHA, SGA, Admission Ambassadors, President's Pride, and intramural teams.Athletic events can be popular if heavily promoted and aren't conflicting with holidays. We have many guest speakers in the Culp auditorium. If i'm awake on a Tuesday at 2am its to study for a test the next day. Last weekend i watched our sports teams play and win! A saturday night usually involves a date to the local movies, mall, or restaurant.
This campus has all types of students. Our campus represents students of multiple races, countries, sexual preferance, and socio-economical standings. Students dress up all types of ways for classes: some dress up, others wear sweatpants, some have bright hair, goths, emos, skaters, jocks, preps. Most students are from Northeast Tennessee. Students are very politically aware. The campus in general leans towards the left, but there is a strong population of rights. Both sides have clubs on campus that are very active.
Most professors make an attempt to learn students name. Class participation starts out good at the beginning of the year then goes down till finals when campus is packed again. A normal week one will see more people in attendance on Monday through Wed. but after that the attendance rates go down drastically. The most unique class I have taken is Disaster Response Training whihc teaches students what to do in case of a emergency due to weather, and other issues.
I'll start off by saying, I love ETSU! It's the perfect size in a great location. With 15,300 students you get that college ...
I'll start off by saying, I love ETSU! It's the perfect size in a great location. With 15,300 students you get that college feel here without there being so many kids you feel drowned out. ETSU is also located in some of the most beautiful mountains I've ever seen and is really close to ski resorts. It's because I went to school here that I have come to love skiing, something I thought I would never get the opportunity to do. We even have a ski shuttle in the winter that shuttles students to local ski and snowboarding resorts for free. These places are only about 30-45 minutes from campus which is super convenient. ETSU is a very active campus, which is great! ETSU is a growing school, so some people don't know where it is or have never heard of it, but more than not, they will have heard of it, especially since we have the #3 College of Medicine for rural medicine in the country and recently got a Pharmacy school (Quillen College of Medicine and Gatton College of Pharmacy, respectively). ETSU is great if you are going into the health field. You will get so much experience and understanding of the health field here. But, ETSU offers so many majors you really get a great variety. For example, we are the only university in the world to offer a major in Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music. And the students in this program are amazing musicians! Their concerts are awesome! You'll even find them just playing in the dorms for fun. On-campus living at ETSU is good, too. I was able to live comfortably 5 hours away from home in a very cost effective dorm. Dining services on campus, however, are not the best. There are not that many places to eat on campus during weekends, but students are constantly working to get this changed and have made good strides in the past years. Overall, ETSU is a great school for such a cost effective price. Go Bucs!
My classes are typical college classes, and pretty much what I expected for college. Most are just about an hour and a half lecture with some sort of lab involved. I also have a lot of computer classes, since I am in the College of Business and Technology. These computer classes are challenging, because we use technology I have never used before such as Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), MatLab, etc. But the teachers are all very good at explaining things and I overall enjoy my classes. Most of my classes are a decent size of about 20 or 30 students on average. Some are big lecture classes with 100 students while others only have about 15 students. This allows for one-on-one time with the teachers and they are readily available if I ever need help with the class.
ETSU offers over 200 student organizations on campus, and if we do not have an organization a student would like to be in, they can start it up themselves. There is always something to do on campus! ETSU is really great at offering things to do every day of the week, so there is always a chance to meet new people. Although Greek life isn't huge at ETSU, primarily because we are a dry campus without a football team, but being in a sorority is where I met my best friends. And these are the kind of friends I will have for the rest of my life. And if you do chose to do Greek life, it is a lot of fun! Greeks are involved in every aspect of campus life. As aforementioned, we do not have a football team, but we have a great basketball program! Our girls team recently won their conference 3 years in a row and the guys team made it to March Madness two years in a row while I've been at ETSU. So, we love our basketball team and the games are a lot of fun! Leadership organizations include SGA, RHA, Admissions Ambassadors, President's Pride, etc. Service organizations include Habitat for Humanity, Alternative Spring Break, etc. Campus ministries include The Well, CRU, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, etc. There are a lot of ways to get involved on campus and off! Fun activities include outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, skiing/snowboarding, and we offer a lot of intramural sports. Johnson City is a medium sized town and pretty quiet, so there is not a lot to do off campus besides outdoor activities, but we are so close to places in North Carolina and Virginia and even places like Gatlinburg in Tennessee that students like to go on weekends.
There is a very wide variety of students at ETSU. Just walking around campus you will primarily see White, Black, and Asian races on campus. The types of students most heavily include: preppy sorority/fraternity girls and guys, hippies, athletic/ "outdoorsy," artsy, religious, and older going-back-to-school students. These are just a few examples of the types of students you will see on campus. ETSU is primarily middle-class white students, though. The thing about ETSU students is that you will find a wide variety, but like groups really stay together. You don't really see a mixed group of friends walking around. But that can be expected. People like to stay near people who are like them, especially in college because you literally have to live with these people and it's nice to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Political views are not really a big deal on campus. We do have both Collegiate Republicans and Democrats clubs, but you won't see students getting into heated debates over politics.
Academics at ETSU are good. There is a wide variety of majors at ETSU, although ETSU really does focus on majors aimed at the health field. So, if you are considering the health field ETSU is amazing! I would like to see more classes that focus on technology and engineering. I do believe that is what ETSU is really missing. We offer a great education program, business program, science programs, mathematics, arts, especially music, but not enough in technology. I am currently in the College of Business and Technology and most curriculum gives a great over view of careers in technology, but nothing challenging enough to make us competitive against a lot of other technology-based schools. But this can be expected, ETSU was founded as a teacher's college 100 years ago, and now offers a wide variety of majors and that's pretty impressive. So, we can be sure it will only grow more in the future. Some things everyone can find academically here at ETSU, is really good one-on-one time with professors and advisers. Because ETSU is not too big, not too small, you get a very personal education. Class sizes are perfect. ETSU offers some very challenging courses, but every major has those classes that aren't in your major which can be a pain, but are necessary for an overall education. There are career and internship services on campus which really help students start on their search for a job or apply to graduate schools. You will definitely get a good education at ETSU and for great price, even for out of state. Plus, ETSU offers in-state tuition for border counties in Virginia and North Carolina which helps out a lot of students.
After living in Middle Tennessee my entire life, I had heard very little about East Tennessee State University, so I was unsure about the stereotype of the students at ETSU. Once I came to East Tennessee and talked to people from around the area, I learned that the stereotypical ETSU students are local Appalachian kids. This stems from the fact that a lot of ETSU students are from the Tri-cities, which gives the impression that we are a "suitcase" campus. While there are a lot of students from the Tri-cities, I have found that most ETSU students come from all over the state of Tennessee and Virginia. This stereotype represents old ETSU. We now have over 15,000 students from all over the place. I personally came from Nashville to come to ETSU, and if you especially live on campus, you will find this stereotype is not true any more.
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