Greenville, NC
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$19,683 ($5,869)
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Reviews 1842 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This school is amazing, you have the small-town feel, with the amazing greek and nightlife of any SEC school. I mean we were rated hottest campus like 2 years ago. Greek life is becoming very big as is the school. As a northerner, I can say I love the southern hospitality and the southern belles.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: North Carolina isn't a very diverse place in general. If your idea of diversity is some white kids, some black kids, and maybe a few Asians then it is diverse, I guess. There are a few international students. The professors come from all over. There are a lot of kids from NY/NJ. There are a lot of student groups and almost anyone can find a niche here.

The thing is for a school so large (25,000 undergrad), it's pretty typical. If you're from NC you'll probably think it's very diverse. If you're from NYC it might be a little bland.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The city of Greenville is definitely centered around the university here. On football gamedays, the whole town turns purple and tailgating vehicles cover every grassy surface for miles. The campus atmosphere is pretty special for a 18-21 year old. But make no mistake about it: ECU is a party school. Almost every day there is not a shortage of activities justifying Playboy magazine perennially giving us a place in their rankings.

The reason for an A- is because the whole social scene can be overwhelming if you're not into that sort of thing, and if you are then you may hear your name in campus gossip more often than you'd like, but every big university will have these problems. Also downtown doesn't have the safest reputation, and it's not unusual to hear of students being mugged. Although this is hardly the university's fault, it does happen and you should be careful.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: East Carolina has typical housing. Apartments and houses to rent. None are excessively awesome, but they are decent with many things (pools, gym, etc.). They are all located in a relatively small area from campus and have easy access to everything. There is also a bus system to make getting to class easier.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's so many dining options off campus. Not only do you have the easy, cheap fast food, but there are many awesome restaurants that are affordable and easy to get to.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do at East Carolina. The school itself offers so many opportunities no matter what your interests. Sports are near and dear to us, as well as the arts too. If you venture off ECU's campus, there are many things to checkout, restaurants, arts, parks, etc. Its always a good time.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Very good nightlife for students 21 and older. Those students underage should be careful and wary of underage drinking citations. House parties tend to be the most accessible and in most cases better than clubs/bars.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Typical options include Starbucks, Chile's, and Chick-Fil-A, which are great, but there is little in the way of vegetarian or healthy dining.

College Freshman

Majors: I have yet to do a internship. but as a Criminal Justice major it is mandatory that you have an internship under your belt before you graduate. They hold interest meetings once a year to help you find a internship, but it is a small town so internships can get competitive.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It is easy to become a criminal justice major and stay a criminal justice major. You need a 2.5 GPA and a c+ in all criminal justice classes. I wish that they would make it mandatory for part of the major to take a second language.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I think in general we are a rather diverse group of people. I have never seen people be racially profiled.

3 College Freshman

Majors: As a Criminal Justice major, I do not feel they really care about the program here. That its more for nursing, business, and football. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT FOOTBALL

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I love everything about ECU. The student rec. center is especially a place that I love. It is great and is in a convenient location that makes it easy for me to go work out. The library is also a great place I can go study when I need to and get work done.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not much for students who are under 21 like myself. There are some house parties but most parties get shut down before they're over due to noise, underage drinking, the usual illegal stuff...

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in Hospitality Mgt and I'm enjoying it so far. The professors are fun and interesting. The most important aspect is that I've joined the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality organization and I've learned so much. The group travels to conventions and learns about the industry. We practice resume and interview skills and you don't have to be a minority to join.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are computers and computer labs everywhere and WiFi in the dorms but it goes down alot.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports at ECU are a big part of student activities on campus. Everyone loves going to the sports events, even though most of our sports aren't the best they really bring the university together to back up whatever team with support and encouragement.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different races and ethnic backgrounds along economic backgrounds

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The entry process is pretty straight forward. A certain amount of classes must be taken before hand. Once those classes are taken, your grades have to meet the criteria.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I enjoyed the program. With each year the experiences got better. I appreciated that all seniors had to take a senior seminar course to prepare them for the future. However, I wish there were more opportunities for internships and ways of gaining hands on experience.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The program was a good. The professor offered a wealth of information. However, because of the school's location, it is difficult to begin working on your career there or gain experience while in school.

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5 College Student

Diversity: everyone gets along with everyone. We have a lot of diversity including students internationally which is fantastic!!

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life doesn't dominate the school here. Yes, they host some parties but its not like if your not greek you aren't living kind of situation. They have their own living space to host the parties pretty well organized

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Weed are noticeable on campus, mainly on the weekends but other than that no other drugs are that prevalent.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Alcohol Law Enforcement is everywhere around Greenville. They are even undercover downtown, so be warned!

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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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