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Reviews 2417 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining options include great places like Sheetz, SupDogs and Angelo's Pizza.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone on campus is friendly and nice to one another.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: They aren't as strict as you would think but honoring the Honor Code is a must have.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus police are very good at ensuring students safety here at ECU. However in most cases a student has been assaulted or robbed on account of them walking alone at night which they tell you numerous amounts of time to always walk with a crowd if you are walking at night.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Greenville is a lot of college town, but there is a side that is residents. The atmosphere here though is very strong. You can feel the Pirate pride. The sporting events I believe bring the community together the most. There is plenty of shopping and recreation areas to do what ever activities you want. Most every one I have talked to loves Greenville. There is a side of Greenville that is sketchy and not the best, but every town has one of those.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The facilities at ECU are definitely up to par. Athletics are a big deal at this school so of course they should be! Our colesium is like-new and right now a new basketball facility is being built.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's a normal college with plenty of school spirit.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation and East Carolina University is free. There are several buses that run. Some run to and from off campus housing, some run from the commuter parking lot to several other stops near classes, so run in town for students to buy groceries or go to the mall, and some run all around campus for students that live on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many places to stay off campus. Most of the places also have a bus running from the apartments to the campus. It is very convenient for the students. The prices are also not so bad. If you stay closer to campus, it's more expensive, if your'e farther away, it is less.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: I got towed twice for violations I didn't even know I committed. I often was forced to park in dangerous areas. The prices for permits are outrageous. The ticket maids are always out harassing. Don't even bring a car if you're in the dorm and you can help it.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: First of all, ECU as a student body is pretty darn good looking. The rec center is amazing and the students take full advantage of it. Being a guy that likes girls, ECU is hard to beat. The nursing school ensures that the ratio of girls:guys is like 2.5:1, and they just keep coming.

The stereotypical ECU girl is the 'sorority' type (not trying to be negative, but you know), even if they aren't in the greek system it seems like a lot of them want to look that way. To the gentlemen who aren't excited by that: don't worry, there is plenty more to choose from.

And it is NC, so be prepared for a lot of down home southern people, but there's a pretty good influx of VA/MD/PA/NJ/NY folks as well.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There are a lot of computers. Every building has at least one if not several computer labs and the library is stacked with them. They are all pretty new and well maintained, and wifi is available all over campus. In most of the classes you will be working with up-to-date technology as well. I don't know about printing nowadays but when I was there I could print all I wanted.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: ECU has many, many different majors and programs available. While there is something to be said for the sheer volume of degrees that can be earned, it also means that the value of some are better than others.

Nursing, pre-med/med, construction management, and education are all top notch for a public university, and my friends who completed these all are doing very well for themselves. I would highly recommend these to any prospective students.

I was in the business school, and I'll just say the name on my degree alone isn't going to land me a job outside of maybe the region ECU is located. The supply chain/logistics and the accounting departments are very good though, and my friends who did these also got excellent first jobs after college, even around 2008/09 when I graduated. You'll have all the tools you need in this school, but you must put in extra work to get ahead of students coming from more prestigious schools. A couple of my professors were kind of loony, but overall they were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful even after I completed their courses.

I can't speak for the other departments, although I think there are several other good ones.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: This school is amazing, you have the small-town feel, with the amazing greek and nightlife of any SEC school. I mean we were rated hottest campus like 2 years ago. Greek life is becoming very big as is the school. As a northerner, I can say I love the southern hospitality and the southern belles.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: North Carolina isn't a very diverse place in general. If your idea of diversity is some white kids, some black kids, and maybe a few Asians then it is diverse, I guess. There are a few international students. The professors come from all over. There are a lot of kids from NY/NJ. There are a lot of student groups and almost anyone can find a niche here.

The thing is for a school so large (25,000 undergrad), it's pretty typical. If you're from NC you'll probably think it's very diverse. If you're from NYC it might be a little bland.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: The city of Greenville is definitely centered around the university here. On football gamedays, the whole town turns purple and tailgating vehicles cover every grassy surface for miles. The campus atmosphere is pretty special for a 18-21 year old. But make no mistake about it: ECU is a party school. Almost every day there is not a shortage of activities justifying Playboy magazine perennially giving us a place in their rankings.

The reason for an A- is because the whole social scene can be overwhelming if you're not into that sort of thing, and if you are then you may hear your name in campus gossip more often than you'd like, but every big university will have these problems. Also downtown doesn't have the safest reputation, and it's not unusual to hear of students being mugged. Although this is hardly the university's fault, it does happen and you should be careful.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: East Carolina has typical housing. Apartments and houses to rent. None are excessively awesome, but they are decent with many things (pools, gym, etc.). They are all located in a relatively small area from campus and have easy access to everything. There is also a bus system to make getting to class easier.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's so many dining options off campus. Not only do you have the easy, cheap fast food, but there are many awesome restaurants that are affordable and easy to get to.

4 College Junior

Local Area: There is always something to do at East Carolina. The school itself offers so many opportunities no matter what your interests. Sports are near and dear to us, as well as the arts too. If you venture off ECU's campus, there are many things to checkout, restaurants, arts, parks, etc. Its always a good time.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Very good nightlife for students 21 and older. Those students underage should be careful and wary of underage drinking citations. House parties tend to be the most accessible and in most cases better than clubs/bars.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Typical options include Starbucks, Chile's, and Chick-Fil-A, which are great, but there is little in the way of vegetarian or healthy dining.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It is easy to become a criminal justice major and stay a criminal justice major. You need a 2.5 GPA and a c+ in all criminal justice classes. I wish that they would make it mandatory for part of the major to take a second language.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I think in general we are a rather diverse group of people. I have never seen people be racially profiled.

3 College Freshman

Majors: As a Criminal Justice major, I do not feel they really care about the program here. That its more for nursing, business, and football. EVERYTHING IS ABOUT FOOTBALL

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love everything about ECU. The student rec. center is especially a place that I love. It is great and is in a convenient location that makes it easy for me to go work out. The library is also a great place I can go study when I need to and get work done.


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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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