East Carolina University Overview
East Carolina University is a public institution situated in Greenville, North Carolina. 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?
- The highest award offered at ECU is the doctor's degree.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 78% of the faculty were full-time.
East Carolina University Rankings
ECU holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in North Carolina ranking.
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.
ECU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at ECU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards ECU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is East Carolina University?
Contact details for ECU are given below.
|Address:||East 5Th Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353|
How Do I Get Into ECU?
You can apply to ECU online at: https://recruiter.ecu.edu
Admission Requirements for ECU
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into ECU?
Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.
Average Test Scores
About 49% 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 520 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 590.
Can I Afford East Carolina University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At ECU, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $7,407 a year. That adds up to $29,628 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at ECU is 5.6%. 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
There are also 5,570 graduate students at the school.
Of the 19,204 full-time undergraduates at ECU, 44% are male and 56% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of East Carolina University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||3,036|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,487|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at ECU has changed over the last few years.
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 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of ECU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at East Carolina University was 3.9%. This is the #1,751 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.
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.
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By Luca Masters under License
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