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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?

5,140 Undergraduate Awards
$29,927 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at ECU is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 78% of the faculty were full-time.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#33 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#147 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

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 Value Maritime Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Business Support & Assistant Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Physical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Physics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific 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
#38 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#41 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#48 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#55 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#59 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual

Where Is East Carolina University?

Location of East Carolina University

Contact details for ECU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: East 5Th Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: 252-328-6131
Website: www.ecu.edu
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://recruiter.ecu.edu

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?

79% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores
ECU has an acceptance rate of 79%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Carolina University  ( 520 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for East Carolina University  ( 510 to 590 )
200
800
ECU received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 20 and 24.

ACT English Scores for East Carolina University  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for East Carolina University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for East Carolina University  ( 20 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford East Carolina University?

$29,927 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ECU is $29,927. 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

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

19,204 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,081 undergraduate students at ECU, with 19,204 being full-time and 3,877 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  ECU

There are also 5,570 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,204 full-time undergraduates at ECU, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  ECU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of ECU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 483
Black or African American 3,036
Hispanic or Latino 1,487
White 12,646
International Students 118
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,434

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

6,812 Took All Classes Online
12,960 Took At Least One Class Online
3.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 18 bachelor’s degree and 41 master’s degree programs available online at ECU. In 2017-2018, 12,960 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 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.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer & Information Sciences 2%
Computer Engineering 62%
Computer Science 15%
Education 8%
Educational Administration 11%
Engineering 17%
Engineering Technologies 12%
Engineering-Related Fields 40%
English Language & Literature 11%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 5%
General English Literature 11%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 12%
Health Professions 4%
Hospitality Management 15%
Industrial Production Technology 6%
Information Technology 4%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 7%
Liberal Arts General Studies 7%
Library & Information Science 3%
Library Science 3%
Marketing 11%
Nursing 9%
Public Health 7%
Special Education 16%
Student Counseling 30%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13%
Visual & Performing Arts 10%

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
Construction Engineering Technology #7
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #13
International Relations & National Security #13
Communication Sciences #16
Industrial Production Technology #18
Computer Engineering #21
Medical Illustration & Informatics #21
Library & Information Science #35
Computer Science #39
Engineering-Related Fields #41
Hospitality Management #44
General English Literature #46
Library Science #47
Finance & Financial Management #55
Management Information Systems #57
Public Administration #75
Public Health #80
Communication & Media Studies #82
Engineering #89
English Language & Literature #93
Information Technology #93
Marketing #98
Instructional Media Design #103
Communication & Journalism #121
Engineering Technologies #123
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #125
Computer Information Systems #135
Special Education #153
Teacher Education Subject Specific #154
Social Sciences #164
Public Administration & Social Service #168
Educational Administration #206
Teacher Education Grade Specific #214
Health & Medical Administrative Services #259
Computer & Information Sciences #309
Criminal Justice & Corrections #326
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #367
Nursing #382
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #409
Liberal Arts General Studies #409

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
Nursing 336 0 111 62 509
Business Administration & Management 263 0 186 0 449
Public Health 332 0 69 0 401
Liberal Arts General Studies 301 0 0 0 301
Teacher Education Grade Specific 227 0 72 0 299
Communication & Media Studies 277 0 17 0 294
General Psychology 217 0 13 0 230
Criminal Justice & Corrections 168 24 30 0 222
General Biology 199 0 20 0 219
Industrial Production Technology 209 0 0 0 209
Marketing 207 0 0 0 207
Finance & Financial Management 167 0 0 0 167
Health & Physical Education 127 0 26 0 153
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 83 0 30 27 140
Social Work 70 0 70 0 140
Accounting 88 0 49 0 137
Educational Administration 0 10 88 39 137
General Engineering 135 0 0 0 135
Teacher Education Subject Specific 83 1 49 0 133
Engineering Technology (Other) 113 0 0 0 113
Human Development & Family Studies 99 0 6 0 105
Chemistry 87 0 13 0 100
General English Literature 66 0 31 0 97
Economics 83 0 12 0 95
Hospitality Management 91 0 2 0 93
Political Science & Government 93 0 0 0 93
Fine & Studio Arts 80 0 6 0 86
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 80 0 0 2 82
Communication Sciences 35 0 32 11 78
Library & Information Science 0 0 76 0 76
Health & Medical Administrative Services 68 5 0 0 73
Medicine 0 0 0 73 73
Textile & Apparel Studies 62 0 0 0 62
Computer Science 57 0 3 0 60
Special Education 33 0 24 0 57
Allied Health Professions 19 0 35 0 54
History 44 0 8 0 52
Sociology 47 0 5 0 52
Management Information Systems 51 0 0 0 51
Dentistry 0 0 0 50 50
Music 31 0 16 0 47
Student Counseling 0 0 46 0 46
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 33 0 5 6 44
Computer Information Systems 42 0 0 0 42
Instructional Media Design 0 15 27 0 42
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 38 4 42
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 32 0 9 0 41
Anthropology 33 0 8 0 41
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 36 0 0 0 36
Drama & Theater Arts 33 0 0 0 33
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 8 17 6 31
Mathematics 25 0 5 0 30
Information Technology 0 0 26 0 26
Business Support & Assistant Services 24 0 0 0 24
Dance 22 0 0 0 22
Computer Engineering 0 0 21 0 21
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 21 0 0 0 21
Design & Applied Arts 21 0 0 0 21
Physics 10 0 10 0 20
Geological & Earth Sciences 12 0 6 0 18
Maritime Studies 0 0 16 0 16
Public Administration 0 0 16 0 16
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 15 0 15
Philosophy 14 0 0 0 14
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 12 0 12
International Relations & National Security 0 0 12 0 12
Urban & Regional Planning 11 0 0 0 11
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 11 0 11
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 11 0 0 0 11
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 10 10
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10 0 0 0 10
Geography & Cartography 4 0 5 0 9
Ethnic Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 7 0 7
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 7 0 7
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 7 7
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 5 5
Information Science 4 0 0 0 4
International Studies 0 0 4 0 4
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 4 0 0 0 4
Romance Languages 2 1 0 0 3
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 2 2
Writing Studies 0 0 0 2 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5,140 64 1,422 306 6,932

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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