Northeast Tennessee’s higher educational opportunities are anchored by East Tennessee State University (ETSU), located in Johnson City. The 15,000+ students at ETSU come from within the region, across the United States, and from 74 different countries. ETSU offers over 100 undergraduate degree programs, over 100 graduate degree and certificate programs, a medical school- the Quillen College of Medicine, and a pharmacy school- the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, which are both on the campus of the VA Medical Center. While ETSU consistently receives recognition for their health and medical related programs, their degree programs are also heavily concentrated in the fields of education, business and technology, and the arts, including unique local programs such as Appalachian Studies, Storytelling, and Bluegrass Music.
Northeast State Technical Community College currently has two campuses in the region, with a third campus set to open in downtown Johnson City for the fall semester of 2015, and distance learning classes and programs. A wide variety of classes and programs are available to Northeast State students, preparing them for direct entry into the workforce or for transfer to a nearby four-year university.
The Tri-Cities TN/VA region also offers several other highly regarded institutions of higher learning, including: Milligan College, Tusculum College, and King College. Over 50,000 students attend classes at one of the region’s colleges and universities.