East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a public university in Johnson City, Tennessee. Despite being part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, the university is governed by an institutional Board of Trustees. As of May 2017It is the fourth largest university in the state and has off-campus centers in nearby Kingsport and Elizabethton.
ETSU hosts the James H. Quillen College of Medicine which is often ranked as one of the top schools in the United States for rural medicine and primary care education; the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, and the recently formed College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.
Unique programs include an accredited program in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music, America's lone master's degree in Storytelling, and the Appalachian Studies programs, focused on the surrounding Appalachian region.