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East Carolina University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (ECU). Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About East Carolina University

ECU is a public research university 80 miles east of Raleigh. Originally founded in 1907 as a teacher-training school, ECU now has more than 123,000 living alumni, including a 3-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Academy and Emmy Award winners, CEOs, professional athletes and an Air Force commander. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked it number 199 in the National Universities category.


ECU has 18 schools and colleges offering 102 bachelor's, 77 master's, 16 doctoral and four first professional degree programs. The colleges are: Allied Health Sciences, Technology & Computer Science, Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Business, Dental Medicine, Education, Fine Arts & Communication (includes schools of Art & Design, Music, Theatre & Dance and Communication), Health & Human Performance, Honors (does not award degrees) and Human Ecology (includes School of Social Work). There is also a Graduate School and a School of Medicine.

The university also offers an education specialist program and a certificate of advanced study (CAS) in school psychology. Several types of bachelor's degrees are offered: Bachelor of Arts (BA), of Science (BS), of Fine Arts (BFA), of Music (BM) and of Social Work (BSW). Discipline-specific BS degrees are offered in nursing, accounting, business administration, applied physics and business education.

ECU has three libraries, including a music library with almost 80,000 items. The two other libraries have over 1.3 million bound volumes and over 2.4 million microform volumes combined, plus numerous e-journals, periodicals, government documents, maps and charts.


Prospective students may apply to ECU online. There is a $70 non-refundable fee. Students can apply for a College Board or American College Testing fee waiver. Many degree programs have their own application and admission requirements; admission to ECU does not guarantee admission into some selected programs. ECU considers advanced placement (AP) courses in the admissions process and gives credit for AP exams.

Students may submit either ACT or SAT scores. In the Fall of 2010, the middle 50% of enrolled first-time students had SAT scores from 450-540 in writing, 490-570 in math and 460-550 in critical reading. ACT scores ranged from 5-7 in writing, 19-24 in math and 18-23 in English.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2011-2012 school year, total costs to attend ECU and live on campus were $18,828 for residents and $31,407 for non-residents. These costs included tuition & fees of $5,364 ($17,943 for non-residents), $1,106 for books & supplies, $8,220 for on-campus room & board and $4,138 for other expenses.

In the same year, 73% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students received some form of student aid, with 52% receiving an average of $7,552 in grants and/or scholarships and 63% receiving an average student loan of $6,084.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctoral degree - research/scholarship, doctoral degree - professional practice**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 27,386 (21,589 undergraduates) in Fall 2011**
Student Housing Freshmen under 21 are required to live in college housing for two semesters*
Schools and Programs 18 schools and colleges; programs: 102 bachelor's, 77 master's, 16 doctoral, four first professional*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18-1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Bachelor's: nursing (271); master's: business administration & management (166), doctoral: medicine (70)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 59% of students who began in Fall 2005 graduated within 150% of expected time (full-time beginning students who started in fall 2005)**
Admission Rate 70% in 2010**
Entering Class Size About 4,200 in Fall 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 81% for full-time and 56% for part-time students who began in Fall 2010 returned in Fall 2011**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT Composite scores of first-time freshmen in 2010: 20-24**
Application Due Date March 15 for Fall semester*
Decision Notification Date Rolling notifications begin September 8****
Tuition 2011-2012 $18,828 (in-state) and $31,407 (out-of-state) all-inclusive living on campus**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: grants or scholarships (49%), federal student loans (54%)**
Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 73% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *East Carolina University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News and World Report, ****The College Board

School Contact Information

  • Address: East 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858
  • Phone: (252) 328-6131
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