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Reviews 1953 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Go Out – Night life is great there is plenty to do between downtown and hanging out with friends which makes ECU an exciting place on weekends and most other times.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Reasonable – The apartments that offer athletic and leisure facilities are great. they come fully furnished and have individual bathrooms for each room as well as a fully equiped kitchen and internet. they also provide transportation to and from campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: A Welcoming College Town – East Carolina University has a welcoming campus that has everything from 27 food places to bowling and movies as well as a lot of activities on campus. There is much to do off campus as well which makes it a fun college town.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My College Time – So far, college has taught me the value of time management. Ive had so much reading, but it helps. I meet people here and there, but some people are just not up to conversating.

2 College Freshman

Administration: THE BIGGIES – Campus really doesnt seem to have rules. If you go to class, that's on you, no professor is going to chase you down. Police really arent visible on campus, until you get out to the streets. Strictness is more like responsibilities on this campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: A New "G-Vegas"? As with any university there is stress during the day, but then comes the nightlife to life! Greenville isn't necessarily equipped with the best clubs, but generally the guards will allow you to get in. Skipping stores, cliubs, bars, and dorm parties can get really fun, but even though ECU was labeled nationally as a "party-school", truth is, there are hard workers here!

3 College Freshman

Local Area: About the Town – there's really not a lot to do in greenville for me mainly because i have been here all my life. Its pretty safe around the area though.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Excellent College Town – Although Greenville, NC is not a very large city, there are plenty of great restaurants, stores and cultural events. The town is completely built around ECU... you never forget that you're in Pirate Nation because purple and gold are everywhere! That is one thing I really love about the local atmosphere at ECU, the whole town fully supports the students and the university with pride.

3 College Senior

Majors: The HIM Program – Well it's not so tough, the professor are very helpful and the courseload isn't bad at all. There's a more personal interest in helping the student and the material isn't difficult.

3 College Senior

Academics: My major is nice, the class sizes are small and the courses are somewhat relevant and interesting. as with all degree progams, your mileage may vary. Workload isn't crazy, and the job opportunities should be decent.

3 College Senior

Local Area: There isn't that much to do in Greenville, the downtown scene and apartment complexes hold events regularly though. Greenville is small, but not too small and the biggest major city (Raleigh) is about an hour away.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Good Luck Finding a Spot! Off-campus housing is readily available to anyone who wishes to live near campus but also independently. The only issue is that parking can be a hassle. If you do manage to snag a space, make sure you keep up to date with your meter if there is one; the police love to give tickets.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone Is Involved – East Carolina University is one of the most football spirited schools that I have been to! Tailgating lasts from in the morning (with huge preparation) to celebrating after the game is over. Parents, alumni, and fan bases from all around come out on game days to support all teams of ECU. The football players get a ton of resources from the school to train and perform at their best!

3 College Junior

Local Area: Stay Close to Campus – East Carolina University lies in between Fifth Street and Tenth Street. Close to that are apartment complexes and other student living. The downtown area includes bars and club and is a great place to party. Beyond that, the town opens up to regular people who live there full time with jobs. If out at night, I would advise avoiding those areas.

4 College Junior

Academics: Easy to Stay on Track – I came to East Carolina University for the Nursing program. Whenever I need help, whether it is with registration or general question, it is always easy and convenient to meet with my advisor. Professors are nice, the campus is beautiful and students are always involved in school activities. The mix makes for a great learning environment.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love This School – Overall, I love East Carolina. I have so much Pirate Pride, which surprised me, because in high school I wasn't one for school spirit. I have such a diverse group of friends, which is awesome, and I also have an amazing apartment with amazing roommates to look fore ward to. I got involved in a club that really hit home for me and I totally belong there. And lastly, the fun at this school is great.. whether parties at night at houses and apartments or parties during the day at the apt complex pools, you'll never have nothing to do.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not for Me – As a freshman, I went through most of the sorority recruitment. I stopped participating after the third day. Going into it, I was exciting because I wanted to make friends and be a part of something that I wasn't used to. I came to ECU from the north not knowing a single person at the school, so I saw sororities as a great opportunity. At first, I loved it... the girls at all the houses were so welcoming and nice.. but I soon realized that they told EVERY girl that she was a "perfect fit for the house". One sorority seemed so excited to keep me around.. and the next day I was cut. Don't think this to be the review of some awkward, ugly girl mad at the pretty girls for not liking her... I've never had a shortage of compliments, friends, or guys... maybe my versatile and northern sense of style put them off.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Changed Majors – I am a apparel merchandising major now, but haven't taken any classes yet because I changed my major. My old major was interior design and the program is great. Very tough, but great. I switched because I couldn't see myself as a designer years from now. I am too critical of myself and was overly-stressed, but if you really love it and want a future in interior design.. don't give up!

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: High Spirited Living – Greenville is a larege area with high spirited living. There are plenty of activities to occupy your time at any given time. The downtown area is located near the school just in case the activities on campus are not cutting it for you.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking SUCKS. Good thing the bus system is awesome thought. Parking passes are expensive, yet it's nearly impossible to find spaces except for realllyyyyyy early and reallllyyyyy late at night (aka when no one needs a spot). Not to mention the parking people ticket you like crazy. One time my car was parked in a spot where I didn't have the right permit for it for only 10 minutes and I got a $35 ticket!

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health...Meh. Safety...Awesome. The student health center is....kind of a joke. But considering you get free visits (its covered in tuition, you get what you pay for). A good thing is that since NC requires every college student to have insurance, you can use that insurance and go to Physicians East over by the hospital (and med school!) who are awesome! As for safety....not much crime goes on, but when it does, the police are quick to respond. There are not that many incidents on and around campus, and the ECU police do their best to keep everything under control.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Some of the Best in NC. Considering you are in Greenville NC, and no one East of Raleigh or outside of NC has ever heard of the place, the downtown scene is really great. Especially Halloween! There are the famous drunk buses that run on the weekends til 230 am that take you from dt to about every main apartment complex in the area. And even if you live in the furthest dorm, its still only a 10 minute walk to dt. There are plenty of bars and clubs (for both underage and 21+). Parties here are unlike anywhere else you'll go. Whether its a huge party at some apartment (like Sunchase or the Landing) or at a frat house, you'll always find something to do on the weekends. Remember, you can't spell parties without pirates!

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The amount of school spirit is crazy! Even just walking around campus on a non-game day is awesome. Whether people are shouting 'Purple! Gold!' or just wearing the school colors, they are proud to be pirates. Football games are a must! And the basketball team (while we are not on the same level as Puke or the Tar Holes) is improving, and its still a lot of fun to watch both the men and women, the atmosphere inside Minges is crazy. Baseball and softball games are a must as well. And if you are interested in volleyball, golf, swimming, diving, track, or just about any other sport....we have it! If you want to participate....our club teams are some of the best! Men and Women's Rugby have made it to National's multiple times; Men's LAX are national champs; Men's and Women's Basketball always make it to National's; Ultimate for both men and women is huge! Being on a club team, or even just playing an IM sport (like innertube water polo!) is one of the best experiences at ECU.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Friendly, Clean and Fun! From the top of the line rec center, to the dining halls, student center and other places to eat, it is always great to meet friends in between classes. You always see people smiling everywhere. Especially during the warm weather (april through october) so many people are out on the mall, studying in the grass, swinging from a hammock, playing catch or just sitting around and talking. Even the library is pretty nice, and it's not that bad to be there (even at 4 am during exam week). The student center is awesome, and has CHEAP bowling and pool (along with video games) and every weekend they show a recent movie in the movie theater. There is always something to do on campus if you're ever bored!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Freshman Experience – Freshamna Experience, not sure if it is at any other schools but its a good way for freshman to get to know one another as well as the campus.


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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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