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Greenville, NC
Undergrads
18,317
Tuition (in-state)
$19,683 ($5,869)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2016 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of eating places around here. If you want to eat healthy, then there is place. If you want something to eat at 4 am there is a place that is open.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I love my major because, even when it is demanding, I still find it interesting. It is what I want to do for the rest of my life, without a doubt, and my professors are definitely responsible. They make the material much more interesting.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Despite the fact that there are more important things about my experience here, this is possibly my favorite part of my university. There are so many options for what to do around town that, if I need to take a night off to do my school work, I never have to worry about missing out on anything. There will always be something just as fun if not better the next day. The grid is always full of private parties, and 5th street is packed with all different types of bars. (My favorite is Pantana Bob's.) There are bars open almost all day and clubs that open at night. Then, after all the bars and clubs close at 2, the restaurants stay open and get slam packed with people coming to get a late night snack before they go back to the grid or home. I've never been disappointed by my downtown experience.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Campus busses will take you outside of campus to shopping malls and grocery stores, so people living on campus generally don't have a need for a car. We also have a safe ride system that will take you anywhere around campus at night with proof that you're a student. There are other public transportation systems, but no one really uses them because the campus shuttles cover pretty much anything you need.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's hard to rate all the different living opportunities together because there are all so different. There are so many different options nearby and far from campus, but every complex has a bus route that the campus provides. You can also live in the grid, which is just a series of blocks full of privately owned houses rented out to mostly college students. The grid runs parallel to campus, so its highly convenient and cost effective to live there.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is pretty unpredictable here... one minute it can be sunny and 75 and the next it'll be a full blown hurricane. Luckily, the campus is very centralized, so you'll never be left in the rain. Living in Eastern Carolina definitely has its perks. Most of the school year is a breezy 65 degrees.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Our football team is nationally ranked, and our varsity men's basketball team won their conference last year, so it has been a great year for sports at our university. However, football and basketball kind of overshadow other sports. Intramurals are huge at my school because students are very competitive. Greek life also has their own intramural league for all sports, from volleyball to touch football.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I've been to visit my friends at their schools and the drug scene was so much heavier, it actually scared me. To put it simply, the drugs are there if you want them, but I've never been pressured to try anything or had anyone try to slip me anything.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Sup Dogs, Thai food, Skullery Coffee Shop, Pita Pit, Michaelangelos Pizza, Starlight Cafe, A Tavola Italian, Omar's Greek Cuisine, Cubbie's Burgers, The Tipsy Teapot, Chico's Mexican, Hibachi Japan... I don't get to go out to eat a great deal, so I haven't even been to all the places we have yet and I've lived here for three years! I've never been disappointed.

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4 College Junior

Academics: You can rent out study rooms in the library for two hours at a time, and there are many computer labs around campus that are open 24 hours and offer free printing as part of your tuition. Professors are not all the same, but most are quick to offer extra help in their offices. Registration takes place online. My advisor gives me a spreadsheet to show my progress and help me choose the best classes to take each semester, but I get to make most of the decision myself.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I like being a part of the College of Business because its a small, close-knit community of students and faculty. The science schools here are definitely the most popular, and I know many Biology majors who have never even met their advisors. I can come to my advisor's office any time to talk about my progress, and I've never had any problem getting together with my professors for office hours. They also put on a lot of events for students and faculty to get to know each other, like socials and luncheons.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: If I had a serious health problem, I would be more likely to call my family doctor or go to urgent care than the student health center because they have a history of not properly testing and giving students misdiagnoses. Other than that, I feel totally safe walking around campus by myself because of the police presence and emergency lights and phones at every corner. Off campus robberies, etc are pretty prevalent in my area, but they are easy to avoid as long as you take your personal safety seriously.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: A great deal of the problem at my school is the dining halls. We have Chic-fil-A, Chili's, Panda Express, Subway, and many other small restaurants on campus that are always overflowing with people not because its their favorite food, but because its the best they can get on campus. Dining hall food is hardly ever even tasty, and they have little to no healthy food options besides a salad bar and bowl of fresh fruit to choose from. I chose not to have a meal plan this year because it would be more cheap and healthy to just cook for myself, even though its much less convenient.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I'm very glad to see that my university has chosen to require freshmen to live on campus for at least one year. It's a great learning experience and makes sure that incoming students don't suffer from the culture shock of moving away from home. If I had lived in an apartment off campus my first year, I think I would have skipped class a great deal just out of the confusion of the bus system and walking from building to building. I probably would have gone crazy partying just because I thought that was what we were supposed to do. Instead, I was surrounded by peers in the same situation as me and led by upperclassmen who already knew everything we needed to know.

2 College Junior

Parking: I personally don't have a parking permit because I think its much more convenient to pay a little bit extra to live as close to campus as possible. That way, I never have to worry about needing to get to campus. Parking passes are so expensive, and the university tends to oversell them. Even if you pay a coupe hundred dollars for a pass, there is no guarantee that a spot will be there if you need it.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I am so proud to be a Pirate. At first glance, this town is nothing special. Driving down the boulevard, you see the same chain restaurants as any other city in North Carolina. But drive into campus and you will be teleported to a whole new world; a towering football stadium surrounded by tailgaters and dedicated fans. A quiet library overlooking Barefoot on the Mall, our annual music festival. The cafes and bars on 5th Street where you'll find the best cups of coffee and hotdogs with the most unheard of (but delicious) toppings you've ever come across. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything in the world, because when I leave Greenville, I will not only have an education to lead me into the future, but the personal experiences to make me a better human being.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It either gets really warm or really cold. It also rains a lot.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's not my type of atmosphere

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's okay, but its what's best for the students.

2 College Freshman

Computers: If there was a bigger student center, or library, more students would have access to more computers.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cops are there, but mainly for parties. If ECU was gated, I would feel a lot more safe.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football season is awesome, the people here love football and they make the campus more live.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: From what I hear, it is very challenging in being apart of sororities.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: To apply early for FAFSA so one can receive all the aid they can get.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Things are much more expensive on campus than it would be off campus.

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Samantha Mandel
Hometown
Matthews, NC
Major
Biology
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The quality and enthusiasm of the professors who care about their students is what attracts and retains students who could have gone to larger and more prestigious schools. Greenville is quite charming and has such good local food that most skeptics love the area, or at least ECU, by the time they graduate. Although the campus police are friendly, ECU is quite strict, perhaps in an effort to downplay the “party school” reputation. The strictness, however, contributes to student safety and helps reduce the drug presence on campus. Alcohol is a problem for some students, and the clubs are tempting, but the counseling center can help students with their problems. ECU’s computer resources are excellent, and the athletic facilities are better than the teams’ records. ECU’s most enjoyable facilities are the green areas, especially because the weather here is so pleasant—crazy, but pleasant.

Whether living on or off campus, students should join organizations to maximize their college involvement and build leadership experience for their resume. With ECU’s diverse student population, new students can easily find an organization, Greek or non-Greek, that is for them. ECU is reputed to have one of the highest concentrations of pretty girls anywhere, and the guys are good-looking overall, too. The Southern hospitality creates a welcoming social atmosphere. ECU has been through sports losses and administrative shake-ups in the past, but some of the political damage seems to be getting straightened out. So, as usual, ECU students are optimistic. They will continue to be easy-going, yet serious and balanced, fun-loving learners.

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