Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Ke Chen

Committee Members

Keith V. Johnson, W. Andrew Clark


The objective of this research is to look at fall freshmen enrollment data for East Tennessee State University and see if patterns in the enrollment exist. This paper focuses on fall freshmen enrollment during the years 1997, 2002, and 2007 at ETSU. Once the data were gathered, they were mapped and statistically analyzed using geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical analysis software.

Many things were learned from the GIS maps created and statistical analysis. First, the maps showed that from 1997 to 2007, ETSU's enrollment became more consolidated in the East Tennessee region and moved westward into Middle and Western Tennessee. Second, the GIS maps visibly showed that most of the high schools locations were in close proximity to an interstate system. Third, when the statistical analysis was performed the factors "high school GPA" and "in-state tuition" were found to be significant to enrollment.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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