Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: Greenville is a great place. A lot of good places to eat. There's also some shopping nearby like the Greenville Mall which has some good stores.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the town my school is located in, but it doesn't have many things to do. There is one mall which is an okay shopping center. The fact that the town has many good restaurants somewhat makes up for the lack of shopping.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I like Greenville. But its really ghetto. Anything that isn't ECU isn't exactly well-taken care of. Its just a normal town with some crime because of dumb college kids. The bus only takes students to the new Walmart because the old one was where a shooting happened.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of restaurants and places to shop. The traffic system is a little crazy though.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nothing but restaurants. Not much for parks, but we're close to the beach! Our museums are...poor and we don't have many recreational options aside from alcohol to help pass the time.


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Samantha Mandel
Matthews, NC
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Greenville's population is about 70,000, making it the largest town east of Raleigh. The Greenville area is also home to Pitt Community College, and most Greenvillians are connected to ECU, PCC, or the regional medical center. Some locals affectionately refer to Greenville as a "black hole" because many people who leave tend to eventually return, and many who come from other places tend to stay. Because of political bias and a recent economic downturn after governmental restrictions on tobacco farming, eastern NC is sometimes ignored, but a large tourism industry is developing in the stead of our fading rural economy. Greenville is within a day's drive of numerous eastern NC locales, including the Outer Banks (OBX) and Washington, less than 25 miles east, which has the NC Estuarium and places for fishing and boating around the Inner Banks (IBX). The Tar River has canoe trails which are suitable for kayaking, and the Rec Center offers canoes, kayaks, and other outdoor gear rentals. There are also dances here almost every weekend, such as contra, salsa, ballroom, and occasionally swing and disco. Late May through July, the Sunday in the Park series provides free concerts featuring local artists. Fall and spring are great times for students to leave town for a day and visit local festivals. Greenville partners with ECU to host PirateFest, an arts, athletics, and international festival in the spring, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Greenville is often referred to as the Emerald City, which may be appropriate since some people dream of coming here, and depending on what is wished for, sometimes Greenville is a place for wish fulfillment, just like the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz.
  2. Fountain Boats (world-famous racing boats) and Grady White Boats (widely coveted fishing boats) are manufactured here.
  3. ESPN commentators often refer to Greenville as "Pro Town USA" for BMX bikers. It is home to some of the best BMX riders in the world, and Extreme Park in Jaycee Park is a mecca for aspiring pro bikers and skaters.
  4. Greenville is the "Hammock-Making Capital of the World" because of the Hatteras Hammocks manufacturer and because of the Hammock Company, which has recently opened in Winterville, a town adjacent to Greenville.
  5. George Washington spent the night in Greenville on April 17, 1791, during his Southern tour after becoming president, and several families later claimed he had eaten at their homes.
Notable Natives
  • Josh Harrington - BMX pro rider
  • Dave Mirra - BMX pro rider
  • Ryan Nyquist - BMX pro rider
  • Kristi Overton-Johnson - champion water-skier
  • Billy Taylor - jazz musician
Local Slang
  • Emerald City, G-Ville, G-Vegas: Various nicknames for Greenville
  • Kidney of the South: The Greenville area is often referred to by this name due to the amount of rain we get.
Points of Interest
  • Extreme Park at Jaycee Park
  • Greensprings Park
  • Greenville Museum of Art
  • Greenway
  • Riverpark North
  • Sonic Plaza at Joyner Library
  • Town Common
  • Town Creek Bridge
  • Wright Place
Shopping Centers
  • Colonial Mall
  • La Promenade
  • Lynndale Shops
  • University Commons
Movie Theaters
Carmike 12
1685 E. Firetower Rd.
(252) 353-4988
Movie Theaters
Greenville Grande 14
750 SW Greenville Blvd.
(252) 215-0195
Major Sports Teams
  • Carolina Hurricanes: hockey
  • Carolina Panthers: football
  • Charlotte Bobcats: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Outer Banks: NC: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Raleigh: NC: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 101 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 104 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 10% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 66% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 103 responses

  • 43% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 34% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 102 responses

  • 31% No way.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 10% Totally.


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