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4 College Freshman

Technology: Definitely not an issue to have access to free printing and computer access BUT it is way more convenient to come with your own laptop. There are many options on campus as far as public computer access goes.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I made the mistake of coming to ECU and within the first week here I knew it was not for me. The majority of the people here are trashy, just do not care about their education, or seem downright stupid. The campus is okay but not the prettiest I've seen by far. The actual city of Greenville is so sketchy and is very ghetto. It is a big party school, but so is basically every other college in America. Other colleges have the advantage of being located in better areas and of having a more interesting student population. The majority of people here are also very southern/country, which is something I am not used to at all. The classes are also too easy. So do not come here if you want a unique college experience, ECU does not have that much to offer. I'm transferring as soon as possible. Don't even apply to this school, it is awful and all the stereotypes you've probably heard about it are true.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: During my time a ECU, basketball sort of overpowered football. I enjoyed attending the games and showing my school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls here are better than some or most schools, and have plenty of options to eat. But they do get old pretty quickly, and they can take a toll on your stomach ("West End Intestine"). Fortuantely Mendenhall Student Center has a Chick-Fil-A Express, and the Pirate Grill, which serves pretty good burgers and decent fries, and another restaurant called Bleecher Street, which serves sandwiches and paninis and fruit. There's also an Einstein Bros Bagel, a Burger Studio and an Italian Eatery next to Dowdy Student store. And finally there's another Chick-Fil-A and a Chili's Too on the other end of campus in the Croatan. All of these options work with your meal plan. But depite all the choices it can seem like you're limited to Chick-Fil-A and burgers.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: ECU really does live up to its reputation as a party school. There's always something going on, and the frats throw parties every weekend. But some of the parties are restrictive, so it's helpful to either know someone in it, or show up with a ratio that favors guys. Or you can just show up later once the brothers in charge of letting people in are too drunk to care. But as for clubs and bars? Those are really limited to the 21+ crowd.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are very small at East Carolina. The dorms on campus cost about twice the amount of off campus apartments. The best thing to do is to find a room mate who is willing to live off campus, that way both of you can split the price of the apartment.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Easy to fill out applications for Aid, but quite troublesome for an already enrolled student such as myself trying to get money to study abroad.

5 College Junior

Academics: The students and professors here are just wonderful, the most down to Earth group of beings I've ever encountered. My major being Ceramics, creates a very positive and uplifting environment to work in.

5 College Junior

Academics: There is such a diverse group of teachers here which makes for a great atmosphere to learn in. There are many experiences to be had within the university.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The climate in this area is very favorable. Summers are hot and winters can be cold or mild. Usually the weather is not extreme which means classes will not be affected by weather most of the time. Occassionally there will be some bad weather that will affect classes but not often. Most of the time you can see students enjoying the outdoors year round.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: This school welcomes people from all different backgrounds although it is predominately white. It is common to see all different kinds of people interacting on campus. It is one of the stronger things about this school. There should be more diversity in student leadership. I think that the school could do something to encourage this more.

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: I had a personal computer, but when I had to use the computer lab I usually didn't have any problems. There seemed to be enough computers, and internet access and supplies were reliable.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Financial aid process can be a hassle. Start early in applying for aid and stay on top of things. You won't be as stressed right before the semester starts if you do it this way.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation options are very favorable. Routes provide access to shopping areas, campus buildings, and most major off-campus residencies. Late-night routes are also available on campus and downtown areas on the weekends for those night crawlers.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are 8 different stands to get food at the West End dining hall. There is also the waffle maker and toaster area. There is always salad and dessert. There is always pizza but don't eat it everyday or that freshman 15 will find you.There is always the healthy option and the splurge option. The Chick Fil A always has food ready for a late night snack or even all day. The F'Real smoothies are to die for.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food and variety is amazing, and definitely student friendly! Although the restaurants are not always the healthiest choice, they are definitely there when you need them. Especially that fresh hot original glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut sign can brighten up a day.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You can find just about any type of housing you are looking for..apartment, townhouse, patio home with fence for pet. Pretty reasonable prices and most commute times are from 5-15 min.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I haven't seen any activity on the Allied Health campus. There is good security presence and that helps deter such activity.

4 College Junior

Diversity: ECU has a very diverse population, varying in age, race, religion, interests, and beyond. This fosters comradery and learning beyond the curriculum.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are many different options, but eventually they get old after living on campus. You are also required to purchase a meal plan if you live on campus, which is expensive if you don't take full advantage of it. It just gets boring being bound to the same places.

4 College Junior

Technology: Lots of Options – I have yet to go to the library and not be able to find a computer to use/print from. You have an allotment on your ECU ID card to print "for free" (you really pay for it with your tuition and fees), which is nice to have access to. You can print for free in the Rivers Building as well. The computers in the library are nice too! They're all Apple desktops. There are even computers set aside just for student use and others for public use.

5 College Senior

Local Area: A Pirates Life – Greenville has an energy that wont be found in most college towns. There is a perfect balance of academics, opportunities, and spirit. With Raleigh an hour one way and the beach an hour in the opposite direction there is plenty to do around this area. Close by is NC state, which makes for a competitive sports atmosphere. ECU is a school that will give the perfect college experience.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Saves Gas, Needs Little Work – I dont think the cost for the transportation system with the ECU buses are quite worth what they claim, however they do a decent job in general of time accuracy. Saves me a ton of gas which is very convenient for broke students
With the buses going off campus...helps students but I recommend a bus that drives through the Greenville doctor offices and a few more shopping/business areas.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Yes and No – I dont have a meal plan so I dont eat much in the dining halls however when I do, the cost of food is way too much and the entree's are a bit bland in taste

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: "Too Good to Be True" Place – I live in one of the many popular student living apartment complexes. Had a very rough start with the place for a took a sublease to an apartment that was not livable nor sanitary. Bug nest, dirty walls and absolutely disgusting carpet. Roommate matching needs severe work. I was a victim of very false advertising and extreme laziness of staff and managers. I now have my apt fixed however my tolerance for rejection of maintenance, forcing unwanted roommates in my apt, and crappy customer service is zero. I pay too much for rent to deal with that.

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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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