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Academics

East Carolina University is a growing public research university in North Carolina that gives students the chance to participate in cutting-edge research, hybrid online and classroom courses, and hands-on learning. Of particular note are the engineering program, which “offers students an unlimited number of opportunities,” and “the nursing school, [which] is second to none.” Regardless of the chosen program, professors help students “consider all aspects of the material when learning” so they can gain a deeper understanding, and they will often “come in on Saturday or Sunday to help.” One student says, “The passion and enthusiasm they show reflects onto the students,” describing teaching methods that include scenario-based learning and an “avoidance of reading PowerPoints word-by-word.” Most professors “are very interactive and make a great school environment,” but there are “a couple that just lecture the whole time.”

Both in and out of the classroom, the number of people at East Carolina “make it possible to make a lot of connections for everything,” and there are “endless resources here on campus to utilize and use to your advantage to be advanced in your curriculum and personal life.” Those resources include a “huge library, writing center, multiple computer labs and study lounges, career center, organization start up lessons, [and] counseling center.” There are “so many different services provided for students to help them succeed” and “the Pirate Academic Success Center is always open for tutoring to give a helping hand.”

Student Body

This “very diverse and unique group of students” primarily hails from North Carolina, and despite the large number of students, “it is a very small and family oriented campus that does not make you feel small.” Extracurriculars help build that community on campus, with many taking part in “at least one extracurricular group or activity, and they wear the shirt to prove it.” As one East Carolina Pirate puts it, “the library’s group study rooms are always full,” because “most students try very hard.” That said, there is definitely a range “from the typical hardworking motivated student to the atypical Greek life individual who flunks out after a year or two.” Overall, these are “great people,” and “there is a crowd for whatever type of experience you are looking for.”

Campus Life

ECU students are physically active: some “will go to the gym and play basketball after class,” and “the rec center provides plenty of things to do in terms of working out and swimming.” In all, the “Pirate Nation loves to hang out and support ECU athletics.” After, they’ll quite often “spend time at home with roommates” or find “a comedy night or karaoke night at some of the restaurants, bars or breweries downtown.” There are plenty of on-campus activities too, like talent shows and game nights. In all, students “like to turn up and party,” and as a result “pack their class schedule to be in the middle of the day” so they have “time to sleep in not too late but [don’t have] to get to those dreadful eight or nine am classes.” The campus itself is “sprawling but well-organized” in terms of the main academic buildings and dorms, and “everything is close together.” Plus, Greenville is “really a college town” where “you feel like you are with people who are in the same mindset.”

Overview

Applicants
17,551
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
3.83

GPA Breakdown

56%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — March 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

State Residency

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,510
with Terminal Degree
1,135

881
Women
629
Men
219
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Exercise Physiology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Business/Management.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General.
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other.
  • Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • Family and Community Services.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • Public/Applied History.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Other.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Rick Atkinson
Writer, Pulitzer Prize Winner - History, 2003

John Beard
Fox News Anchor

Jeff Blake
Professional Athlete

Sandra Bullock
Actress/producer

Ron Clark
Award Winning Educator

Kevin Williamson
Writer/producer/director

Robert Burrren Morgan
U.S. Senator/NC Attorney General

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,898

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,907

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,843

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
69%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,646

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,496

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,452
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$20,729
Required Fees
$2,736
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,432

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,356

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,354
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,071
Foreign Countries Represented
52

Demographics

2.56%
Asian
15.72%
African-American
6.86%
Hispanic
66.82%
Caucasian
2.54%
Unknown

57% female
43% male
10% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Project STEPP; College STAR

Type of Program
For LD Only

Director
Elizabeth S. Johnston

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

A Psychological?Evaluation is required.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Psychological?Evaluation?or?DSS?ADHD?form?signed?by?Care?Provider.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
425
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
28

5% join a fraternity
8% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pirates)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pirates)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.lgbtq.ecu.edu

Minority Support Groups: Support groups representing various special interest areas for minorities exist and can be found by searching at http://eastcarolina.orgsync.com/search

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

90/99
AASHE STARS® rating
BRONZE
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell Lenovo

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admissions Office

Address
East Carolina University
106 Whichard
Greenville, NC

Phone
(252)328-6640

Email
admissions@ecu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Main Student Center
Student Recreation Center
Wright Plaza
Blounts Sports Complex
Joyner Library
Athletic facilities include: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum and Harrington Field.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
River Park North
Uptown Greenville
Town Commons
Greenville Museum of Art
Jaycee Park
Greenville is within easy driving distance of coastal and beach resorts and the Outer Banks, as well as Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00am and 2:00 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10:00am and 2:00 pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@ecu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Pitt-Greenville Airport in Greenville offers daily commuter service to Charlotte. Four-lane highways to all North Carolina borders (I-95 is 38 miles west). Passenger train service located in nearby Rocky Mount. Passenger bus service located in Greenville.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Greenville is located ninety miles east of Raleigh and is accessible by four-lane highways and nearby airports.

Local Accommodations
Various lodging options located within the Greenville-Pitt County area.


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