Greenville, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$19,683 ($5,869)
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: ECU is diverse and accepting.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a good amount of diversity around campus. I'm sure some people are more ignorant, but overall not much is seen throughout.

4 College Student

Diversity: Ethnically, we have a pretty diverse campus. Also a majority of the students here are some form of Christian.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I feel that there is great diversity at this school. I am always meeting new people from different states, backgrounds, and beliefs.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I feel as though we are very diverse but like any place in the world you can find your specific group that matches with your beliefs and morals. So that's what really determines your perscpective on it and if it is diverse. I am friends with every race and religion cause we are all people


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  • 292nd
    Most Conservative Schools
  • 1095th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1334th
    Most Open-Minded Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Mandel
Matthews, NC
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The word "diversity" has been significant on campus for the past few years, especially in student leadership training and in the administration. On the student level, however, diversity is manifested in many forms at ECU, including state, race and ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, age, and economic background. Minority student organizations do not generally restrict membership to students who are of a particular ethnicity. Usually, the groups are open to anyone who appreciates the culture and who is interested in educating others. Some students, however, seem to feel that the push for diversity has resulted in some degree of disenfranchisement for
majority groups. Inter-racial and inter-religious couples are not uncommon here, which tends to either dismay or delight parents. New students can expect spontaneous step demonstrations on Wright Plaza during pledge season. New students will also see others wearing headscarves or perhaps yarmulkas, and some wearing shirts with religious sayings on them or crosses around their necks. A note about North vs. South and big city vs. small town interaction: at ECU, we hold the door for people and say hello to people even if we do not know them.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 21%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
B-GLAD (Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, and Allies for Diversity) is a campus organization that strives to raise awareness and promote tolerance of diverse sexual orientations and tendencies on campus and in the community. Membership is open to all students, staff, and faculty, regardless of their sexual preferences.
Political Activity
ECU has several active political groups, including Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), College Democrats, College Republicans, Ducks Unlimited, Model United Nations, North Carolina Student Legislature, as well as a Student Government Association.
Economic Status
The tuition for four years of undergrad studies at ECU, especially for in-state students, is cheaper than one year at some private schools in North Carolina and many out-of-state public colleges and universities, which means that ECU is economically accessible to students from a greater range of economic backgrounds. Students from middle- and upper-middle-class backgrounds seem to outnumber students from extremely wealthy or extremely low-income families.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is among the most common religions on campus, though Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism all have representative student organizations. There is also the Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry, which operates on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Academic and social groups and Greek organizations that consist primarily of minorities are visible and active on campus. Some of the major events sponsored by minority groups are the step shows, the Minority Ball, and the Annual Pow-Wow. ECU’s minority and intercultural clubs include the Intercultural Student Senate, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), the Arab Student Union, the Asian Student Association, the Black Student Union, the East Carolina Native American Organization, the Indian Pirates Association, the International Student Association, the Italian Club, Japan League, the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, the Student Association of Latino-Spanish Affairs, and Thespians for Diversity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 85 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 15% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 19% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 85 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 34% Not sure
  • 8% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 84 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 84 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 86 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 56% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 34% Very accepting.


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