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 Freshman

Computers: Computer Availability – Since everything from homework assignments to class participation requires a computer, East Carolina is stocked. They supply Mac's and PC's so students have their choice of computer. There are several computer labs where printing, scanning, etc., is free. At the library, printing is not free, however each student has a pre-made account that has about $18 dollars on it. This is good for students because we don't have to carry mass amounts of quarters with us when we need to print something.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Honors College and School Spirit – They are trying to increase the number of good students on campus, by implying the new honors college. There is also a great deal of school spirit on campus. There is a lot of school pride.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football and Baseball – Football is very popular, but tailgating for football games is the most popular thing about sports at East Carolina. Baseball is relatively popular as well. The other sports fall off the map.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Library, Student Rec Center, and Mendenhall Student Center – To start, Joyner Library is huge. There's tons of computers, private study rooms that you can reserve (you'll want to reserve one around finals/midterms if you're someone that needs some private, distraction-free space to study), and obviously tons of books. The Pirate Tutoring Center is also located in the library. They're open 6:30-9:30 Monday-Thursday, and there's also some daytime hours depending on the subject as well. The library is open until 2AM on weekdays and I believe midnight on the weekends. It's open 24 hours during finals.

The student rec center is the main gym at ECU. There's maybe 8 basketball courts, volleyball/badminton nets, a rock climbing wall, a track, tons of exercising equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, etc.). There's also a weight room. The rec is open until 10 or 11:00 at night most days and opens fairly early as well. The rec center is close to West End (a neighborhood at ECU). If you live on College Hill (a different neighborhood) it's a good 15 or 16 minute walk to get to the rec, however there's another small gym that's located on the hill if you don't want to go that far. There's also a shuttle that comes every 10-15 minutes that takes you right to the gym! The gym is free for all ECU students, and you can bring a guest for 5 dollars for the day.

Mendenhall Student Center has a lot of rooms where clubs meet. There's also a bowling alley downstairs (it's extremely cheap- only 25 cents per game and I think 75 cents to rent shoes!!) as well as pool tables and other things in the billiards room. Mendenhall also has a movie theater room where they show a different movie every couple weeks or so. It's usually movies that just recently left theaters, and they show it multiple times (usually on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at different times).

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3 College Freshman

Computers: There's a good handful of computer labs scattered around campus at ECU. The computer lab on College Hill (one of the neighborhoods on campus) doesn't charge to print anything. I'm not too sure about the other computer labs on campus though. At the library, printing costs 10 cents a page, however everyone starts with about $17.00 credit on their account. I've never heard of anyone spending more than that amount in a semester, and it refills every semester so it shouldn't be an issue. A few of the academic buildings have computer labs in them that I know of as well, so it's generally not hard to print something right before class if you put it off until the last minute.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Except in regards to drugs, you will receive a far number of chances if you get in trouble

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking, Drugs, and Abusing Pills – There is a lot of partying, and dug use associated with it.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The professors care about the progress of their students and are willing to work with them. The students are very friendly. There are several outreach opportunities for different organizations and majors.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: College Life – People are very friendly here. There is almost always a party to go to and friends to hang out with. I am still able to study without interuption from others. There are several service organizatons, academic groups, and social clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Internship Opportunities – All majors, that I know have, require an internship complete before graduation. I think this is a great way to experience the career field a student wants to pursue, along with giving the students an idea that graduation is fast approaching. ECU career center gives a helping hand to those that are looking for internships and/or job opportunities after graduation. They are there to help with the writing of respectable resume, improving interviewing skills, as well as managing the job search. The career center is great help but so are the professors from your major. If you take the time to ask, you'll be properly directed towards a successful career.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: School & Community Environment – Professors like to require volunteer service hours apart of the semester's syllabus and it definitely helps students get more involved with the town's volunteer programs. ECU certainly promotes student involvement in the community to help spread awareness of the town's economic status and the benefits lending a hand to those in need.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking passes are needed most everywhere. The cheapest one to purchase only allows access to a big lot away from most of the campus. If multiple passes are needed for a semester, discounts should be made available. More parking for visitors, especially at the Rec center and library are much needed. Tickets are always given out to students who need to park at the Rec for late night visits, i.e work.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Well I do not own a car, but my roommate does and we use it to drive to town. She told me that the cost was $350 for the parking sticker and when we drive around to look for a parking spot, they are always full around our building. You will be lucky to find one near by.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most people here are pretty chill. Some are not so much. The guys here so far are nice & the girls can be loud and really can't tell who is real & who's not. My friends here are great though. I just prefer to keep a small circle of friends.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a good variety of food options outside our school. They are very close by campus so you know where everything is. Greenville has all the fast food restaurants known and also nice ones like Olive Garden and Longhorn's Steak House and they all have good reasonable prices.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Being a guy at ECU has been a great privilege. There are so many beautiful girls here, but there are also so many ugly girls. By this I mean their hearts and minds, not their faces and bodies. The typical student here is pretty nice, but there are some who are pretty ridiculous when it comes to their personality. Everyone is pretty attractive for the most part. Most of the girls here are not very smart and they tend to dress very promiscuously on a regular basis. It may be strange for a male to be turned off by this, but its just not attractive to some.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I try my best to eat healthy; that being said, there are very few restaurants in Greenville that offer healthy food options. In this recession, everything is expensive, especially food. There are plenty of places to choose from, they're basically all the same though. I like a variety of sushi places to choose from, and I enjoy hispanic food regularly as well. There are some very nice hispanic restaurants at least.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: From the day you come to orientation to the day you leave, it is drilled in your head to not walk alone on or off campus. Greenville has one of the highest crime rates in North Carolina so this makes perfect sense. It seems as though the cops focus on busting pot smokers and underage drinkers while my friends and neighbors are being killed, robbed, and sometimes even worse things happen to them. Its easy to see the Blue Panic towers on campus, but one rarely hears about crime being fought in real time in Greenville. It's very sad. My computer got stolen last semester and GPD hasn't done anything to figure out where my computer is. They are corrupt, they don't follow rules, laws, or social mores, I am not exaggerating to any extent. This is a real problem in Greenville that police can only stop kids from having a good time and letting off a little steam.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: School Pride – ECU has pride like no other college. Everyone is proud to be a pirate.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's a lot of fun but be sure that you don't go alone.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The best thing that goes on at ECU is football! Arrgghh!

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe to an Extent – I have never felt unsafe in while I have been at East Carolina. There are blue lights everywhere. So, when you do not feel safe one can press a button, and the police will be there in no time. The only thing I would not recommend is walking down a side street at two in the morning. At that point no city is safe, so beware!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best Place on Earth – East Carolina has to be one of the best social and overall great campuses alive. Coming in as a freshman, you feel so accepted and no one judges you for the choices you make. There is NEVER a dull moment on campus because there is always something crazy, funny, or helpful going on. If I had to choose schools all over again, I would definitely pick ECU again!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Your Choice – The drug scene at ECU all depends on who you hang out with. Drugs are indeed a popular thing, but it's never out in the open. Drinking is more popular here, but luckily for both substances, peer pressure is very small. It's ultimately your choice if you want to do it or not.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Great Frats and Sororities – At ECU, the greek life is very known and semi-dominant on campus. There are always social events, fundraisers, and anything else they do advertised to the public. The frats and the sororities always make the campus more enjoyable and it's always fun to go to a frat party every weekend.


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Samantha Mandel
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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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