East Carolina University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Greenville, NC
Website
www.ecu.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
18,317
Part-Time Undergrads
2,981
Setting
Small city
In-State Tuition
$5,869
Out-of-State Tuition
$19,683
Room & Board
$8,350
Acceptance Rate
61 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1440–1670
Average ACT Scores
20–24

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Trees and green spaces
  • Knowledgeable professors
  • Friendly students
  • Easily navigable campus in a comfortable setting

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Sports teams that get more money than their records show they deserve
  • Strictness of campus authorities
  • Students who take partying more seriously than studying
  • Difficulty of finding off-campus jobs

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

East Carolina Student Reviews

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: ECU was a lot of fun, but I probably would have picked a school that was fun, yet the students were also very into their school work. School work was secondary to partying at ECU to most students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything off campus is chain-related or fast food, do not expect fresh/privately owned food places.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are great for health profession majors and education. You will learn a great amount, but other people do not look at ECU as a great academic school unfortunately.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone moves off campus after freshman year. There are plenty apartment complexes and there are houses in the grid, however that can be a little dangerous living in the grid.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is awesome. There is always something to do. There are so many bars and the frats are so much fun, although they sometimes both get to the point that they are too packed.

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