Greenville, NC
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$19,683 ($5,869)
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Reviews 2016 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Compared to other schools, the guys at ECU aren't as gentleman-like. The girls dress like sluts downtown. The relationships that start at ECU don't usually last after ECU.

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4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is always up and down. Carry and umbrella all the time! You never know when it will rain. It is extremely hot in the summers.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I don't understand why we have two Chik-fil-A's on campus. The food selections are okay, but poor compared to other schools. We don't have a whole lot to choose from.

3 College Junior

Parking: ECU basically forces you to buy a parking pass. There is limited parking that is free. The parking that is free and off campus, is far away from classes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms get renovated all the time and they are kept clean.

3 College Junior

Facilities: ECU has a wonderful Marriage and Family Therapy master's program. It is competitive and recognized as being accredited with the national accreditation organization (AAMFT/COAMFTE). The class sizes are very small to ensure an enriched and focused learning experience as well as opportunities to develop rapport more easily with fellow students and professors.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Coming from Orlando, the options are far more affordable in Greenville. However, the options are not as nice. If you don't mind driving and having to park on campus, there are great options in Winterville, especially if you are a graduate student looking for less-student-house-like communities. Sunchase is a great option for those who don't mind student communities. The shuttle service runs through there as well as several other communities between there and campus.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It costs a lot of money to park around campus. Most spaces are inconvenient for drivers and the walk can be long. Freshmen get the worst parking because on game weekends they have to move their cars to make room for game day visitors.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There is free printing in many locations and there are a large amount of computers all over campus. There is not good WiFi everywhere, like in dorm rooms. For those you have to have an eithernet cable that plugs into the wall. The speed is average. It has moments where it will freeze or the server will be down, but the school usually sends an email a day or two before.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants in Greenville are average. Most are cheap and hit the spot. There are not many upscale restaurants though and that can be bad. My favorite place to eat is a burger place called Cubbies. It has the best burgers in town and the atmosphere is a warm and inviting one. The prices are reasonable for a tight college budget as well. Plus, it's only a five minute walk from campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Most students (especially freshman) cannot get a close parking space to classes on the main campus, but transportation provided by the university for the students is convenient and provides for the main campus as well as most of the popular off-campus residencies. I belive that that is encouraged. As upper-classmen you can get parking permits to park closer to campus but still may need to catch a bus for the rest of the way. I wouldn't take a chance parking in other areas without a permit because you may get towed.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The school offers excellent academic programs for the students and a lot of club or leadership activities to participate in. I think it does its best to ensure convenience for the students from transportation to media/technology. There are so many options available for students to study whatever they want and possibly where they want at the same time. I believe this is what makes it so unique.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: ECU campus life is excellent. There are so many activities to get involved in from extracurricular to sports. Throughout the year the school hosts a variety of social activities for the students also. The area is known for its numerous eating places so you can find just about anything you want. Gameday is always big and the students take great pride in their mascot.

Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: ECU is known for its party life. Generally there a lot of house parties starting around mid-week through the weekend as well as downtown night life. Generally, you may be able to find some party any day of the week but more during the weekend.

5 College Junior

Transportation: We have a ton of off-campus student apartment complexes, so the fact that ECU caters a bus to nearly every single one is awesome. It really does save so much money on gas, plus parking on campus is not only expensive but also extremely limited. The buses are incredibly convenient and run M-F 7am-11pm and then a "drunk bus" runs 11pm-3am Thurs-Sat.

4 College Junior

Academics: I really enjoy my advisor and the attention I get as a student of many in the College of Human Ecology, but there are some parts of my curriculum that I wish were a little less cookie-cutter. My concentration is Events Coordination, and since my major is Hospitality Management, all of my classes are specialized towards conventions, weddings, banquets, etc. However, with a degree in Events, I want to deal with things in nightlife and music production, not Hospitality. I wish there was more flexibility in the curriculum to broaden my horizons.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Everything from apartment parties to house parties. Greek life isn't as big here as at other schools but it's still got a good following. Our bars and clubs are practically attached to campus and are all 18+ so there's plenty to do any weekend.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Busses seem to always be running except for when you need to catch one. Different routes are easy to master and these busses take you almost anywhere you need to go. Definitely eliminates many of the reasons to bring a car freshman year. Seems to be no long-distance transportation to RDU or other travel hubs which is a problem for out of staters like myself. Wecars are reliable and almost always available for whenever you need em!

4 College Freshman

Computers: Definitely not an issue to have access to free printing and computer access BUT it is way more convenient to come with your own laptop. There are many options on campus as far as public computer access goes.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I made the mistake of coming to ECU and within the first week here I knew it was not for me. The majority of the people here are trashy, just do not care about their education, or seem downright stupid. The campus is okay but not the prettiest I've seen by far. The actual city of Greenville is so sketchy and is very ghetto. It is a big party school, but so is basically every other college in America. Other colleges have the advantage of being located in better areas and of having a more interesting student population. The majority of people here are also very southern/country, which is something I am not used to at all. The classes are also too easy. So do not come here if you want a unique college experience, ECU does not have that much to offer. I'm transferring as soon as possible. Don't even apply to this school, it is awful and all the stereotypes you've probably heard about it are true.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: During my time a ECU, basketball sort of overpowered football. I enjoyed attending the games and showing my school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining halls here are better than some or most schools, and have plenty of options to eat. But they do get old pretty quickly, and they can take a toll on your stomach ("West End Intestine"). Fortuantely Mendenhall Student Center has a Chick-Fil-A Express, and the Pirate Grill, which serves pretty good burgers and decent fries, and another restaurant called Bleecher Street, which serves sandwiches and paninis and fruit. There's also an Einstein Bros Bagel, a Burger Studio and an Italian Eatery next to Dowdy Student store. And finally there's another Chick-Fil-A and a Chili's Too on the other end of campus in the Croatan. All of these options work with your meal plan. But depite all the choices it can seem like you're limited to Chick-Fil-A and burgers.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: ECU really does live up to its reputation as a party school. There's always something going on, and the frats throw parties every weekend. But some of the parties are restrictive, so it's helpful to either know someone in it, or show up with a ratio that favors guys. Or you can just show up later once the brothers in charge of letting people in are too drunk to care. But as for clubs and bars? Those are really limited to the 21+ crowd.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are very small at East Carolina. The dorms on campus cost about twice the amount of off campus apartments. The best thing to do is to find a room mate who is willing to live off campus, that way both of you can split the price of the apartment.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Easy to fill out applications for Aid, but quite troublesome for an already enrolled student such as myself trying to get money to study abroad.


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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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