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Location
Greenville, NC
Undergrads
18,317
Tuition (in-state)
$19,683 ($5,869)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Academics: The academics offered at ECU are often underrated. Most people do not acknowledge how great the programs at ECU are. Most people also do not realize that we have an awesome medical and teaching program. ECU actually graduates the most teachers and nurses in the state of NC.

4 College Junior

Academics: To be a Communication major at ECU is great. You get to meet so many people that you would have never thought had the same major and likes as you do.

3 College Junior

Academics: Depending on the professor and class, workload can be medium to heavy. This isn't an easy major by any means, but it is very rewarding.

4 College Junior

Academics: like the major I'm in. We aren't overloaded with school work most of the time and the curriculum is very interesting.

4 College Junior

Academics: Registration is intense and stressful, but if you're prepared it'll be a lot easier. The professors and classes offered are wonderful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 128th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 330th
    Best Course Variety
  • 409th
    Best Registration Process
  • 451st
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 517th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Mandel
Hometown
Matthews, NC
Major
Biology
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Most ECU students are satisfied with their academic experiences. The faculty-to-student ratio varies by department, but overall, in major-area courses, the classes
are much smaller and more conducive to discussion. The average class size is 24, but it varies with the department’s number of majors and the class level. Many freshman classes, especially lecture classes and labs that count toward the required 42 hours of general education credit, are taught in lecture halls and may have 100 or more students. Students should not ignore the gen-ed classes, because they can often open new directions for them to take in their studies.

The professors are what really makes ECU a great school. Professors are willing to help students who are willing to help themselves learn and develop professionally. ECU’s professors are diverse, fascinating, and usually dedicated to student development. Academic success, and certainly the quality of a student’s ECU experience, are primarily determined by one’s efforts to attend class and take notes. Twenty percent of an entering class may not return for a second year or a second semester, but ECU also has numerous successful and prestigious alumni. ECU has a reputation as a party school, and partying does not necessarily include drinking, but new students should remember that they can only stay at the party if they maintain the grades and academic standing to do so.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,197
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
267
Total FT Faculty
1,614
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$71,113
Full-Time Retention Rate
78%
Part-Time Retention Rate
72%
Transfer-Out Rate
18%
Graduation Rate
58%
Programs/Majors Offered
142
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 43%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 46%
  • 50 or More Students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts & Communication
  • College of Health & Human Performance
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Technology & Computer Science
  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The courtyard
  • Dorm rooms when roommates are gone or studying
  • Group Study rooms
  • Group study rooms and individual carrels in the library
  • The Mall (the sparsely wooded area on Central Campus)
Tips to Succeed
  • Check campus e-mail.
  • Get a calendar, and use it to write down homework, meetings, long-term assignments, and fun things to do.
  • Go out and have fun every now and then.
  • Go to class.
  • Learn to budget your money and time.
  • Study! Read! And if not those, then at least go to class!
  • Try to keep a good balance between school, work, family, and social obligations.
Did You Know?
  • Ninety-five percent of non-lab courses at ECU are taught by faculty instead of teaching assistants.
  • Reading Day is a one-day break between the end of classes and the beginning of exams, and students often use the day for studying, moving, celebrating, and relaxing.
  • ECU has a good percentage of experienced faculty who are knowledgeable in their field and have good stories from their decades of service at ECU. Ask them for advice! Sometimes, the best parties are hosted by faculty who have been at ECU for more than a decade and students who have grown up in the area.
  • The Center for Counseling and Student Development is not just an on-campus psychological counseling service. They also offer workshops on study skills and stress management, which can be of significant help to students who are struggling with the transition to college life.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 12% Ronnie Barnes - head trainer for New York Giants
  • 12% Rick Atkinson - writer, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 12% Sandra Bullock
  • 9% James Maynard - founder of Golden Corral Corp.
  • 6% Elizabeth McDavid Jones - writer, American Girl series
  • 6% Mark Kemp - former music editor at Rolling Stone
  • 6% Kay Yow - NCSU women's basketball head coach
  • 6% Ruth Gwynn Shaw - former CEO, Duke Power Co.
  • 6% Robert Morgan - former U.S. senator (D-NC)
  • 6% Sandra Bullock - actress
  • 3% Bob Greczyn - former CEO, BCBS of North Carolina
  • 3% Al Maginnes - poet, National Book Award nominee
  • 3% Sandra Mims Rowe - editor, The Oregonian
  • 3% Sandra Bullock - Actress
  • 3% Vonta Leach - Baltimore Ravens
  • 0% Luke Whisnant - award-winning author, editor
  • 0% Ron Clark - Disney Teacher of the Year
  • 0% Vince McMahon - chairman/CEO, WWE
  • 0% Linda Edwards-McMahon - CEO, WWE
  • 0% Emily Procter - actress

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 82 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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