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East Carolina University Overview

Located in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Greenville makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is East Carolina University Known For?

5,283 Undergraduate Awards
$29,894 Avg Cost After Aid
88% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at ECU.
  • In 2017-2018, 79% of the faculty were full-time.

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East Carolina University Rankings

Out of the 113 colleges in North Carolina, ECU is ranked at #8.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at ECU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Maritime Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Business Support & Assistance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Industrial Production Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#106 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards ECU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Maritime Studies Master’s Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Medical Family Therapy/Therapist Schools College Factual
#12 Best Industrial Production Technology Schools College Factual
#16 Best Business Support & Assistant Services Schools College Factual
#66 Best Engineering Technologies Schools College Factual
#204 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is East Carolina University?

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Contact details for ECU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: East 5Th Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: 252-328-6131
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastCarolina
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EastCarolina

How Do I Get Into ECU?

You can apply to ECU online at: https://admissions.ecu.edu/apply/freshmen/

Admission Requirements for ECU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into ECU?

88% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
53% Submit SAT Scores
ECU has the high acceptance rate of 88%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 86%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.

Average Test Scores

About 53% of students accepted to ECU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Carolina University  ( 510 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for East Carolina University  ( 510 to 580 )
200
800
ECU received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for East Carolina University  ( 17 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for East Carolina University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for East Carolina University  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford East Carolina University?

$29,894 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
5.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ECU is $29,894. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At ECU, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,504 a year. That adds up to $30,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECU is 5.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

East Carolina University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,056 undergraduate students at ECU, with 18,886 being full-time and 4,170 being part-time.

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There are also 5,742 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,886 full-time undergraduates at ECU, 42% are male and 58% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of East Carolina University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 484
Black or African American 3,009
Hispanic or Latino 1,602
White 12,265
International Students 82
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,444

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at East Carolina University. At this time, 34 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 67 countries are represented at ECU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at East Carolina University

10,537 Took All Classes Online
26,733 Took At Least One Class Online
14.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 20 bachelor’s degree and 41 master’s degree programs available online at ECU. In 2019-2020, 26,733 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at ECU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of ECU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at East Carolina University was $6,580 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $22,154. The following table shows how ECU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Computer Systems Networking #1 #7
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #1 #10
Romance Languages #4 #16
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #4 #49
Information Technology #4 #45
Mental & Social Health Services #4 #53
Business Support & Assistant Services #4 #4
Fine & Studio Arts #4 #19
Communication Sciences #4 #25
Construction Engineering Technology #4 #7
Medical Illustration & Informatics #7 #13
International Relations & National Security #7 #19
Quality Control Technology #7 #19
Communication & Media Studies #9 #27
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #10 #46
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #10 #43
Visual & Performing Arts #10 #61
Industrial Production Technology #10 #19
Music #10 #25
Computer Science #13 #22
Hospitality Management #13 #39
Computer Engineering #13 #31
Finance & Financial Management #16 #92
Engineering-Related Fields #16 #55
Library & Information Science #16 #58
Library Science #16 #58
Management Information Systems #16 #49
General English Literature #16 #61
Communication & Journalism #18 #54
Engineering #19 #81
English Language & Literature #19 #79
Social Work #19 #103
Social Sciences #19 #100
Student Counseling #19 #112
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #25 #163
Health & Physical Education #25 #145
Teacher Education Subject Specific #25 #60
Public Administration #31 #135
Public Administration & Social Service #34 #156
Marketing #34 #149
Health & Medical Administrative Services #34 #186
Engineering Technologies #34 #79
Criminal Justice & Corrections #37 #188
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #40 #200
Computer Information Systems #46 #133
Instructional Media Design #46 #173
Curriculum & Instruction #48 #258
Computer & Information Sciences #52 #162
Nursing #55 #250
Special Education #61 #241
Educational Administration #61 #286
Liberal Arts General Studies #73 #325
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #73 #325

Online Growth Rankings of ECU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at East Carolina University was 14.2%. This is the #1,228 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at ECU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of ECU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 24%
Business, Management & Marketing 17%
Communication & Journalism 9%
Communication & Media Studies 9%
Communication Sciences 11%
Computer & Information Sciences 38%
Computer Science 22%
Education 4%
Engineering Technologies 16%
Engineering-Related Fields 58%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 4%
Finance & Financial Management 9%
Fine & Studio Arts 13%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 27%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 29%
Health & Physical Education 6%
Health Professions 8%
Library & Information Science 8%
Library Science 8%
Management Information Systems 48%
Marketing 21%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 61%
Mental & Social Health Services 60%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 75%
Nursing 1%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 6%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 11%
Social Sciences 8%
Special Education 7%
Student Counseling 13%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 11%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 14%
Writing Studies 88%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at ECU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at ECU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature #1
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution #10
Construction Engineering Technology #11
Fine & Studio Arts #13
Construction Management #13
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #23
Music #28
Quality Control Technology #28
International Relations & National Security #29
Communication Sciences #31
Industrial Production Technology #35
Romance Languages #37
Medical Illustration & Informatics #42
International Business #43
Computer Engineering #49
Computer Science #53
Library & Information Science #59
Teaching English or French #63
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #64
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #65
Management Information Systems #66
Library Science #67
General English Literature #74
Engineering-Related Fields #75
Student Counseling #79
Hospitality Management #79
Social Work #80
Computer Systems Networking #81
Finance & Financial Management #86
Writing Studies #90
Computer Software & Applications #91
Visual & Performing Arts #105
Communication & Media Studies #118
Public Administration #123
Mental & Social Health Services #134
Engineering #138
English Language & Literature #162
Curriculum & Instruction #162
Public Health #163
Marketing #166
Health & Physical Education #179
Instructional Media Design #186
Information Technology #196
Communication & Journalism #198
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #200
Engineering Technologies #211
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #229
Special Education #241
Computer Information Systems #249
Teacher Education Subject Specific #261
Public Administration & Social Service #270
Social Sciences #273
Educational Administration #330
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #334
Teacher Education Grade Specific #386

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

East Carolina University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 296 54 238 0 588
Nursing 356 12 88 59 515
Public Health 304 6 57 0 367
Teacher Education Grade Specific 215 61 61 0 337
Communication & Media Studies 302 5 15 0 322
Marketing 220 43 0 0 263
Liberal Arts General Studies 251 0 0 0 251
General Psychology 210 0 6 0 216
Criminal Justice & Corrections 191 0 22 0 213
General Biology 187 0 18 0 205
Industrial Production Technology 205 0 0 0 205
Finance & Financial Management 169 14 0 0 183
Health & Physical Education 122 4 37 0 163
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 83 11 31 33 158
Teacher Education Subject Specific 92 8 54 0 154
Engineering Technology (Other) 149 0 0 0 149
Social Work 71 0 68 0 139
Accounting 100 0 38 0 138
General Engineering 134 0 0 0 134
Human Development & Family Studies 100 0 17 0 117
Economics 98 0 18 0 116
Mental & Social Health Services 0 60 42 4 106
Health & Medical Administrative Services 64 39 0 0 103
Educational Administration 0 7 77 18 102
Management Information Systems 89 10 0 0 99
Fine & Studio Arts 87 0 12 0 99
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 91 0 0 3 94
Communication Sciences 33 0 47 8 88
Library & Information Science 0 0 83 0 83
Hospitality Management 76 3 2 0 81
Political Science & Government 81 0 0 0 81
Computer Science 63 0 14 0 77
Medicine 0 0 0 74 74
General English Literature 51 0 22 0 73
Chemistry 65 0 7 0 72
History 59 0 7 0 66
Special Education 38 4 19 0 61
Textile & Apparel Studies 61 0 0 0 61
Sociology 52 0 9 0 61
Interdisciplinary Studies 57 0 0 0 57
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 55 0 0 0 55
Student Counseling 0 19 34 0 53
Dentistry 0 0 0 52 52
Allied Health Professions 14 1 33 0 48
Anthropology 35 0 11 0 46
Computer Software & Applications 0 43 0 0 43
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 34 0 9 0 43
Computer Information Systems 39 0 0 0 39
Music 20 1 16 0 37
Engineering-Related Fields 29 0 7 0 36
Instructional Media Design 0 15 20 0 35
Mathematics 29 0 6 0 35
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 32 0 0 0 32
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 17 14 0 31
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 22 0 5 3 30
Geological & Earth Sciences 16 7 7 0 30
Computer Systems Networking 0 5 24 0 29
Drama & Theater Arts 29 0 0 0 29
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 6 7 9 22
Design & Applied Arts 20 0 0 0 20
Information Technology 0 19 0 0 19
Writing Studies 0 10 0 7 17
Geography & Cartography 12 0 5 0 17
Public Administration 0 5 11 0 16
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 15 0 0 0 15
Maritime Studies 0 0 15 0 15
Urban & Regional Planning 12 0 0 0 12
Quality Control Technology 0 3 8 0 11
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature 0 11 0 0 11
Computer Engineering 0 0 10 0 10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 10 0 0 0 10
International Studies 0 0 10 0 10
Philosophy 10 0 0 0 10
Physics 4 0 6 0 10
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 9 0 0 9
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 8 0 8
Dance 8 0 0 0 8
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 7 7
Information Science 4 3 0 0 7
Child Development & Psychology 0 7 0 0 7
International Relations & National Security 0 0 7 0 7
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 6 6
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 6 0 0 0 6
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 5 0 5
Gerontology 0 4 0 0 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 4 4
Business Support & Assistant Services 3 0 0 0 3
International Business 0 3 0 0 3
Teaching English or French 0 3 0 0 3
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 3 0 3
Ethnic Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 2 2
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 2 0 2
Environmental Design 0 1 0 0 1
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1 1
Construction Management 0 1 0 0 1
Romance Languages 0 0 1 0 1
Statistics 0 1 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Taxation 0 0 0 0 0
International Education 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Recreation Administration 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5,283 535 1,393 290 7,501

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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