JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

ETSU kicks off Pride Week this Thursday as the university welcomes 15,000 students back to campus.

Tom Tull, Chairperson for ETSU Pride, says Pride Week is a huge economic advantage for the community, bringing many to see what ETSU has to offer.

Pride Week is also an opportunity to showcase the college and its campus activities.

Tull says, "It's a really awesome thing to welcome those students, their parents and their families and just show them the kind if institution ETSU is."

We've also learned ETS student fees are due by Friday, August 22 for incoming students.

The administrative offices are offering extended hours to allow more time to pay those fees; they're closing at 6 p.m.

For more information visit etsu.edu.