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5 College Sophomore

Academics: College is not easy to get A's in. You have to do the work if you want the grade you desire.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Many adjunct professors, but they are very helpful to all students.

3 College Senior

Academics: Every professor ive had has been really good.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The workload I have experienced so far has not been too bad as long as you figure out how to prioritize everything you need to do for each week efficiently. Many people choose to study in the library since it's typically not very loud and there are many resources you can use there.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love attending ECU and believe I am getting the best education!

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Most ECU students are satisfied with their academic experiences. The faculty-to-student ratio varies by department, but overall, in major-area courses, the classes
are much smaller and more conducive to discussion. The average class size is 24, but it varies with the department’s number of majors and the class level. Many freshman classes, especially lecture classes and labs that count toward the required 42 hours of general education credit, are taught in lecture halls and may have 100 or more students. Students should not ignore the gen-ed classes, because they can often open new directions for them to take in their studies.

The professors are what really makes ECU a great school. Professors are willing to help students who are willing to help themselves learn and develop professionally. ECU’s professors are diverse, fascinating, and usually dedicated to student development. Academic success, and certainly the quality of a student’s ECU experience, are primarily determined by one’s efforts to attend class and take notes. Twenty percent of an entering class may not return for a second year or a second semester, but ECU also has numerous successful and prestigious alumni. ECU has a reputation as a party school, and partying does not necessarily include drinking, but new students should remember that they can only stay at the party if they maintain the grades and academic standing to do so.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 43%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 46%
  • 50 or More Students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts & Communication
  • College of Health & Human Performance
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Technology & Computer Science
  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The courtyard
  • Dorm rooms when roommates are gone or studying
  • Group Study rooms
  • Group study rooms and individual carrels in the library
  • The Mall (the sparsely wooded area on Central Campus)
Tips to Succeed
  • Check campus e-mail.
  • Get a calendar, and use it to write down homework, meetings, long-term assignments, and fun things to do.
  • Go out and have fun every now and then.
  • Go to class.
  • Learn to budget your money and time.
  • Study! Read! And if not those, then at least go to class!
  • Try to keep a good balance between school, work, family, and social obligations.
Did You Know?
  • Ninety-five percent of non-lab courses at ECU are taught by faculty instead of teaching assistants.
  • Reading Day is a one-day break between the end of classes and the beginning of exams, and students often use the day for studying, moving, celebrating, and relaxing.
  • ECU has a good percentage of experienced faculty who are knowledgeable in their field and have good stories from their decades of service at ECU. Ask them for advice! Sometimes, the best parties are hosted by faculty who have been at ECU for more than a decade and students who have grown up in the area.
  • The Center for Counseling and Student Development is not just an on-campus psychological counseling service. They also offer workshops on study skills and stress management, which can be of significant help to students who are struggling with the transition to college life.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 174 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 100 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 100 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 16% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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