East Carolina University

East Carolina University Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

Located in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University is a 4-year public university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Should You Attend ECU?

Founded in 1907, East Carolina University (ECU) enrolls nearly 22,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students. The university offers 102 bachelor's, 77 master's, and 16 doctoral degree programs. Read the information below to find out if ECU is right for you.


  • Has individual programs ranked in the Top 25 nationally
  • High number of academic programs
  • Accepts AP and dual credits
  • Offers remedial, academic, and career counseling services


  • Total cost is $2,126 higher for in-state and $2,889 higher for out-of-state residents than the national average for 4-year public universities
  • Graduation rate is 7 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 18:1, which is higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

About ECU

ECU offers education opportunities through 18 colleges and schools, as well as online classes. The university consists of three campuses in the Greenville metro area: the main campus, the Health Sciences Campus, and the West Research Campus. U.S. News & World Report ranked ECU's online graduate nursing program 10th nationally in 2013. Also, the university's rehabilitation counseling program was ranked 13th nationally, and its medical school was ranked 19th for primary care.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that the 4-year graduation rate for ECU students who began their studies in Fall 2005 was 33%, which was less than the national average of 40%. The university has a higher student-faculty ratio than the national average of 16:1, and ECU reports that the average undergraduate class size is 26 students. Additionally, many classes are taught by teaching assistants (TAs).

Acceptance rates at ECU are slightly lower than the national average of 63.8%, and NCES reports that 42% of students admitted to ECU in 2011 enrolled in the university. The total cost of attending ECU should not be a deterrent; College Board found that student debt following graduation was $677 lower than the national average of $26,660 for 2011 graduates. ECU accepts AP and dual credits, as well as Defense Activity Nontraditional Education Support.

Admissions & Financial Aid at ECU

To apply to ECU, you'll need to create an account with the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Through the CFNC website, you can complete an online application, as well as pay the $70 non-refundable application fee. Additionally, you'll need to submit official transcripts and SAT or ACT test scores to the admissions office, and if accepted, immunization and medical records. In Fall 2011, 97% of enrolled first-year students submitted SAT scores, as reported by NCES.

Once accepted, you must verify your enrollment with ECU for the fall semester and pledge a $100 tuition deposit by May 1st. Freshman orientation sessions are two days long and held throughout the summer.

You're encouraged to submit a FASFA anytime after January 1st, but earlier is better since a limited amount of funds is available. Scholarships are available through various ECU colleges, schools, and academic departments. In addition, ECU offers scholarships specifically for first-year students and transfer students. ECU also participates in the East Carolina University Grant, the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, and the University of North Carolina Grants financial aid programs.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 15****
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1***
Application Fee (2012-2013) $70**
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 61%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $19,986 for NC residents, $33,800 for non-residents**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2013) $9,614***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011) 7%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $25,983***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.2%**

Living at ECU

At ECU, students with less than 30 hours of college credit are required to live in college housing for a minimum of two semesters. You can seek assistance with academic or personal concerns through the Counseling Center or find employment through the Student Employment Office, as well as improve job-seeking skills through the Career Center.

As part of the ECU student body, you may want to play intramural sports, study abroad, or join any of the more than 350 student clubs and organizations. Likewise, ECU has a thriving Greek system, and you may want to pledge to one of the 37 fraternity and sorority chapters. Also, you can support the ECU Pirates' varsity sports teams competing in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city**
Student Population (2011) 21,589 undergraduates; 5,797 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 42% to 58%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 86%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 85%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 81% for full-time and 56% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 24%****
Number of Libraries 3*
Extracurricular Activities Over 350*
Noteworthy ECU Student Transit Authority offers a free shuttle to students, faculty, and university staff*

Sources: *East Carolina University, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions Office, 106 Whichard Building, East Carolina University, East 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858
  • Phone: (252) 328-6640