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Greenville, NC
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18,317
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$19,683 ($5,869)
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Average
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Reviews 2016 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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Campus Housing: It's about time that almost all the dorms have air conditioning! It's just plain too hot in Greenville in August and most of September when students first get here to not have AC. I lived in Fletcher my first year here, and I have never sweated so much indoors, except maybe at the gym working out, as I did sitting in my room those first couple of months trying to do homework. It was miserable, believe me.

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Campus Housing: I wasn't excited about living in Greene at all because I don't usually get along with other girls too well. I don't like all the drama. So far, it hasn't been so bad, especially with all the stuff that goes on with freshmen when they move into dorms. I like the rooms. Everything is bolted to the floor or to the wall, but I like it, and my roommate has turned out to be really nice, too.

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Campus Housing: I love living off campus, but I think that all freshmen should be required to live on campus. I've seen too many students live off campus the whole time, and then they leave here four years later without any kind of attachment. Without attachment, students are less likely to care about classes and organizations.

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Campus Housing: The mattresses in Umstead fit perfectly in the doorframes. It was really funny to watch drunk students try to find the doorknob through the mattress. We only tried that once, and it was so funny we figured we might get caught next time.

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Campus Housing: Cotten is haunted! The ghost was in my room. My roommate and I saw her standing over by the closet. I'm not kidding. She was there. She also moved our posters while we were gone a few times. The door was locked the whole time, too. I love living in Cotten because the area around it is so green and the building itself has so much character, so I don't mind the ghost at all.

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Diversity: Ethnic pride at ECU rocks! There are plenty of resources and organizations available on campus for everyone, and new students can almost always find people who will accept them for who they are or want to be.

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Diversity: ECU has a lot of age diversity. I've had several returning-adult students in my classes. At first, I thought it was strange to have a 40- year-old in one of my classes during my first semester. One of my teachers that year said that she enjoyed having returning-adult students in her classes because they have a lot to add to the class, and they set a good example for underclassmen, especially freshmen, because they appreciate being in college. Maybe they couldn't afford college before, or maybe they didn't really need college to get the job they had, and now that they have been laid off or have retired, they can afford college and are really glad to have the opportunity to be in school. Their experiences are really interesting for me to hear about, and they really have added more to the classes I've taken.

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Diversity: The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center sponsors a lot of events for students and student organizations and even has exhibits of African and Native American art. They seem to have gone through some administrative shakeups in the past few years, but they still sponsor some nice educational events there, like the Dialogue on Diversity series, Freshman Roundtable discussions, and cultural food nights. Their events are usually free, too. I've been to a couple, and I enjoyed celebrating my heritage and educating others.

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Diversity: There is diversity among the professors, not just the students, at ECU. We don't have as many international professors as some universities do, but our professors seem well traveled, or at least very in-touch with global issues and human interconnectivity. Honestly, though, sometimes I think there's so much of a push for diversity at ECU that I, as a white male, feel disenfranchised. Is this payback for something that I, in particular, didn't do?

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Diversity: Religious diversity is a growing thing at ECU, so diversity here is not just about race. There are tons of Christian groups for about every denomination out there. There's a Jewish group and a Muslim group. I saw flyers for the new Muslim Student Association, too. We already had an Arab Student Organization, so the ethnic group was there, and now we have a religious group, too.

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Diversity: ECU seems to have a pretty good activity level among Native Americans. For some reason I didn't know that they were having a pow-wow one day last year, and I happened to be walking around near Mendenhall when I heard drumming and singing. It was strange, and I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone or something because the wind was blowing and I couldn't figure out where the sounds were coming from. I was fascinated, and now I go every time.

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Diversity: My first roommate was gay, and at first that really bothered me because I didn't know anyone who was openly gay in my hometown. I knew some people who told me they wanted to switch rooms because they had roommates who were in B-GLAD, but I'm happy I made an effort to get to know him. He was quiet, but after we got to know each other, I learned that he wasn't the crazy person I'd been told at home that gay people were. He and his boyfriend sometimes seemed more dedicated to each other than my girlfriend and I were at the time. I know not everyone may learn as much as I did, but I'm glad I did.

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Diversity: The International House over between the Rec Center and the McCafé hosted a lot of really cool events last year, usually on Fridays, that showcased the cultures of the international students at ECU. I learned a lot, and the food was really good. I met a lot of really nice people, and we still keep in touch.

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Diversity: I come from a town where the KKK is still active. By `active,' I mean that they still have parades. I don't think they've burned any crosses recently or anything major like that. I'm Jewish, so I can sympathize with the discomfort a lot of ethnic and religious minorities feel when they hear the letters `KKK.' Coming to ECU has really been a great experience for me because I've been able to meet other students who do not really care about racial and religious differences.

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Diversity: There are certainly a lot more in-state students here than out-of-state students, and a lot of the out-of-state students seem to come from up North. That's okay, as long as they leave their prejudices and stereotypes about the South at home. Southerners are not stupid. We might talk slower than some people, but maybe that's because we're thinking about how to be polite when it might seem almost impossible. Most students I've met from up North love it here, especially because of the weather and the friendliness of the people. ECU students tend to make open-minded out-of-staters like it here, and eventually, the word `y'all' will become second nature.

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Guys & Girls: Man, all I've got to say is don't do anything crazy or stupid or scary when it comes to girls. Don't be that guy. There's already too many of `that guy' at ECU, and it's giving us nice ones a really bad rap.

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Guys & Girls: I always heard that ECU has some of the prettiest girls, and one of the largest percentages of pretty girls compared to other schools, too. I've been around to a lot of other schools visiting friends, and now that I'm here, I really do think ECU does have the prettiest girls. It's taken me a while to figure out why that is, too, but I think I've finally figured out that it's because everyone's so dang happy. It's not at all like it is at some schools I've seen. Everybody here's happy, and it makes them so pretty.

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Guys & Girls: I love it when the guys grow up a bit and wear nice shirts. Their jeans can be worn, but if the shirt's nice, even casually not tucked in and with the sleeves rolled up and the collar unbuttoned, then they look really good. Girls will notice, and may even compliment the guys if they look good.

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Guys & Girls: I think the guys and girls at ECU are average, but there are a few hotties here and there.

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Guys & Girls: Not everyone parties and has a lot of sex like some people think college students do. There are still students out there-around here, I mean-who have some control and aren't just looking to get laid.

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Guys & Girls: I'll take anything that bats an eye at me. Flock to me, ladies, if you can wink. ECU rocks.

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Guys & Girls: The percentage of guys who are jerks is really high at ECU.

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Guys & Girls: Where can one meet nice girls at ECU? I'm a junior, and I haven't figured out yet where I'm supposed to be able to find any. Nice girls, please come to ECU.

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Guys & Girls: I like sitting out at the Wright Place and watching the girls walk by. Let me tell you what, ECU has some good-looking girls, big ones and little ones. Most people who visit here say the same thing. Some of my friends from other schools have come to visit me, and they are jealous of the female population that I get to feast my eyes on and occasionally get to interact with when I'm not too nervous to say hello.

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Guys & Girls: Even the gay, lesbian, and bi students have a pretty good pool of potential associates here at ECU.

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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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