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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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Abundant – There are a lot of options to choose from when your trying to go off campus. There are a wide range of costs for the apartments and some even offer you a job to help you pay rent. The ECU buses even go to the apartments all throughout the weekday.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: System Complication – The original system I went into was very much separated by red tape and miscommunication between departments. A mistake in the student judicial records, for example, lasted my entire last year interfering with my financial aid, even though I went twice to explain I had no holds or judiciary tickets.

Some other problems were with anything out of the ordinary, such as study abroad. The key though was always to just go in person and talk with someone. The office at least has good hours and it isn't always busy. Plus the people are generally helpful as long as you don't have a short fuse. Organization has also improved over the past 6 years.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Great Springs, Horrible Summers, Wonderful Fall, Irregular Winter – Greenville is about 40 miles from the coast, so this causes some irregularity with the weather in the warmer and colder seasons, but good temperate weather in the in between.

Spring is generally wonderful, warm, clear skies, green and very comfortable. But summer is just horrible; humid everyday, at least mid-90s everyday, random severe weather with the rain leaving a stuffy humidity everywhere.

Fall is wonderful again with temperate cool weather, steady clear skies and a nice clear feeling. Winter is pretty much anyone's guess. Cold to cool, maybe it will snow, maybe it won't. But generally clear weather.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Great Location, Great Prices, but Not Very Large – 'Downtown' is where everyone heads during the weekends and Thursdays as well. Lots of clubs, some chills bars (P-Dens for example)and some alright cheap food. The biggest problem is after one year or so, this gets really old really quick. Clubbing can be fun, but after a while it is nice to just head to a sports bar and get on the specials. The only real chill place is Sup Dawgs, because you can sit outside on the patio, drink, smoke and watch sports.

If you are underage the ALE is everywhere and the cops are also spread out all the time downtown to prevent fights and any crazy public displays. Regardless of some of the negatives it is nice to be downtown in a small area sometimes and be able to walk home with a large crowd.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are one of the largest attributes to our school, they are fun and exciting and you meet a lot of new people hanging around a sporting event!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You Feel Welcom – I think there is never a dull moment of on campus, I like when the warm weather comes around and everyone is just hanging out around campus, playing music and sports in the open feilds. It is very lively!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – When living on campus I never felt unsafe during the day, but at night I was uneasy about walking to class and walking to the library. There are not enough lights in the middle of campus and along the sidewalks.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Dress Code – Girls really need to learn how to wear the proper type of clothes for their body style. Bigger girls need to wear clothes that fit and that aren't too small, and smaller girls need to wear clothes that don't show everything.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – The food sucks. Need new meal ideas, instead of repeating same menu items. Also people got food poisoning from the Dining Halls last week. Also when making meal ideas, please create a menu that goes with the main course. And have more vegetables on the menu.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Activities – East Carolina provides an abundance of campus activities that apply to students in any major, thanks to the efforts of Student Activities Boards and other organizations on campus.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a ton of computer labs for every department, and plenty of free printing locations. However, the internet goes out frequently and there are many spots on campus where wireless isn't availabe. There also is no wireless in dorm buildings.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Having a Great Time – To be honest I just kind of picked ECU out of a hat, and now that I'm here I'm so glad that I chose it. It's exactly what I wanted out of my college experience. I have great friends, theres always something going on and something to do. At the same time I'm getting a great education, some of the classes are challenging but I don't mind. Everyone here is pretty friendly and likes having a great time. If I had a chance to pick a school again I wouldn't think twice before chosing ECU again. GO PIRATES ARRGG!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Just Enough – Here in Greenville many of the students like to hang out in the clubs downtown on the weekends. There are also plenty of shopping areas, granted the mall here is REALLY small but there are TONS of other places you can go shopping all of which are no more than 5 minutes from campus. In short everything youll need is either on campus or a very short distance from it. Students here are very passionate about football as well, the games are a really big deal and people love showing their school spirit by yelling purple and gold (sounds corny but when you get into it its awesome). The whole town is made up of college students and its obvious whenever the breaks come around, it becomes like a ghost town lol but overall its a nice place.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The college of nursing within ECU stresses cultural competence and cultural diversity for all levels of nursing students.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Local Grocery Stores – Local grocery stores have healthy foods at affordable prices.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: March 1St Scholarship Application – Since I do not qualify for any grants but am living off campus, my debt is piling up quick. My grades are in great standing and I will be applying for a scholarship made available to ECU students with a GPA of at 3.25 on March 1st.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Effecient – The best way to and from campus would be the bus since Greenville is a smaller city and traffic tends to be more congested.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Location – In my opinion, East Carolina University is great because it is major university located in a smaller city. This gives it that college town feel which i think works well with academics especially during the week which is an opportune time for me to study.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Although I had excellent grades in high school, I did not decide to come to ECU until February of my senior year, making it too late to earn any merit scholarships (which I would have received). Even after maintaining a 4.0 GPA in my first semester, I have had difficulty in finding scholarship money. Most merit scholarships I have seen do not usually apply until second semester Sophomore year (45 credit hours).

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Too Bad – Drinking is pretty prevalent, but it mainly exists in off-campus areas and downtown Greenville. Occasionally I will see people smoking walking to and from class, but there are good building smoking policies preventing smoking indoors.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process is easy because they send you emails saying how much you receive each semester and load it to your higher one card. If you have a question about financial aid however, the cashier's office are usually rude when talking to you as a student.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Fit for Students – Student housing off campus is good because it provides all the amenities a college student needs and also has transportation to main campus an =d back. However, it is expensive. Regular off-campus housing is much cheaper, but not as safe and convenient.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Student Atmosphere – Greenville is definitely a college town. The community loves ECU and most certainly shows their support. There are MANY clubs and restaurants. The shopping is not the greatest but is fair.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Atmosphere – Living on campus is very pleasing experience to have had. All of the campus activities are very convient to attend, but with the large size of the college that I attend it is hard to make it to everything that you want to do. The overall atmosphere of living on campus is great. You are able to meet lots of fun and interesting people and really be involved with everything that happens.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Strict but Fair – As long as you are doing what you should be doing, this won't be a problem. Drinking underage in the dorms is pretty much offlimits, and drug use is not tolerated at all... thankfully. I'd rather not have to worry about my dorm mates getting drunk or stoned.

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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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