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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.

College Sophomore

Administration: Some teachers have a policy for attendance(3 days and your grade drops a letter grade etc). Others do not have a policy at all.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A Spirtited Experience Not Worth Missing – The college experience of living on campus is not worth missing ever. You need to at least do it once during your college years. The dorms might be gross...the people might be obnoxious... but it's all a part of being a college student. My freshman dorm was really gross, the girls were crazy and out of control, the drama was... way too much sometimes, my RA was ridiculous, and I loved it. It just depends on the dorm you choose and how you look at the whole situation. It doesn't always work out for some...but you should definitely try it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Decent and Delicious – The dining options on campus are pretty decent. The dining hall always has something...interesting to offer for those who don't have an ample amount of pirate bucks to spend on the other food options around campus. Those options would include: Subway, Chik-fil-A, Pirate Grill, Einsteins, Java City, and even a Chilli's. The people are always pretty friendly and the service is great.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Helpful and Full of Pride – East Carolina has been pretty helpful in every aspect of academics ranging from advisers to class help and anything else you would need. Even in last minute pinches that I need help with, I've gotten the assistance I've required.

3 College Junior

Diversity: An Old, Old Wooden Ship – On the ECU campus, there is an abundance of personalities, ideals, motives, backgrounds, and though there is a club for just about everything under the sun, somehow they seem to be unified through their differences. Different organizations are tolerant of each other, and even supportive of each other. As a general observation, students seem to feel accepted by the campus because of their differences; one finds their home within a group and those they share common interests with. There are those who are not so tolerant of differential qualities, however, they seem to be the minority when scanning the campus. I am involved with the campus ministry Intervarsity, and though there is always room to improve, we strive to appreciate the diversity in our classmates, friends, and neighbors.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Its Better to Live Off Campus – The cost of living on campus is very expensive. You can save a few grand just by living in one of the nearest apartments. However, a few of the dorm buildings on campus have just been renovated so it is worth paying the extra dollars. There is a wide selection in apartments and parking is free.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Eating in G-Vegas – The off-campus dining services near East Carolina are wonderful. Almost every restaurant delivers for the students on campus. The prices for the food is usually reasonable and they all give student discounts. The best place to eat is a wing place called "Wings Over Greenville".

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Profs Are Always Willing to Help – Here at East Carolina University, the Criminal Justice professors in the undergraduate department are always more than willing to help their students in any way possible. One of my professors would make sure his students were learning by giving intense quizzes on chapters that we had not learned yet. If the quiz grades were not where he wanted them to be he would take time out his week to prepare a study session for his classes.

3 College Junior

Academics: I go to East Carolina University. It has an amazing nursing program, construction program, and other program. The campus is a little small, but alright. Most of the professors here are pretty cool and doing their best ability to make the class interesting.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Feeling the Cut Backs – Financial Aid is an annoying process for most students having to stay on the phone for long periods of time and wait in lines trying to get some help, but the worst part of financial aid lately is how much less they are giving out. I don't get very much financial aid at all and almost never any grants, so it's a struggle for my parents trying to pay for my tuition out of pocket. The financial aid department at ECU is fairly good for sending e-mail notifications and deadline warnings and posting bills in a timely manner.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The "Party School" Reputation – I have been at ECU for two years now, and I have not once witnessed anyone use illegal drugs. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a different story. It's everywhere. Sometimes people will even sneak alcohol into football games or class if they're that desperate and irresponsible. A lot of people smoke weed but it's not as prevalent anymore, especially since smoking of any kind has been banned in the clubs downtown.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Being a "Comm" Major – As a communications major at ECU, it is pleasing that practically all of my classes are taught in the same building. Joyner, the building designated for communication majors, is easy to navigate and the classes, while sometimes challenging and writing-intensive, are usually not extraordinarily difficult. I have never had a teacher within my major that was hard to get along with. The teachers and communication advisors are helpful, and often refer students to the career center and hold workshops for building your resume, landing an internship or job, and going to interviews. There is a lot of stress on finding internships as a communication major, because experience is very important in our fields. Postings in the communications building always indicate internships students can apply for and there is even a blog full of internships just for communication majors of all concentrations.

4 College Senior

Weather: During the summer the weather is very hot and during the winter it can get cold by not below 0 temperatures.

4 College Senior

Technology: A lot of courses offered are distance learning courses. The computers at East Carolina are all up to date and the computer labs are excellent. When you need a computer to complete assignment find one is no problem.

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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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