East Carolina University

East Carolina University

Founded in 1907, East Carolina University, or ECU, is a public university located in Greenville, North Carolina. It is the largest institution of higher learning in eastern North Carolina and the third largest university in the state. East Carolina comprises three campuses: Main Campus, Health Sciences Campus and West Research Campus. The Princeton Review (2008) has ranked the University as one of the "Best Value Colleges".

ECU offers more than 100 degrees in different areas of study. It is home to many academic divisions, which include:

  • Brody School of Medicine
  • College of Allied Health Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Fine Arts & Communication
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Technology and Computer Science
  • Graduate School
  • School of Dentistry
  • Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

ECU's sports teams are known as the Pirates.

For more information about ECU, read CityTownInfo's interview with the assistant director of its career services office.

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Contacting East Carolina University

East Carolina University
East 5th Street
Greenville , NC 27858-4353
General Phone: (252) 328-6131

East Carolina University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching963educational administration, adult ed administration, instructional media design, special ed, mental retardation education, education of learning disabled, special education, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Business and Management594business management, non-profit management, electronic commerce, accounting, accounting and management, finance, international business, MIS, marketing ...
Liberal Arts503African-American studies, women's studies, area and Cultural studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine320registered nursing, nurse practitioner, nursing science, various nursing
Engineering Technician314industrial tech, manufacturing tech, industrial production tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech, drafting, engineering technician
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy301parks and recreation management, exercise science, health and fitness, athletic trainer, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, vocational counseling, dietitian
Family and Social Work294food and nutrition, child development, family and community services, public administration, social work
Media275communication studies, broadcast journalism
Science253biology, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, cell biology, bacteriology, physiology, exercise physiology, physiology and pathology, ...
Therapy and Counseling226psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, medical psychology, substance abuse counseling, marriage and family therapy, music therapy, physical therapy
Medical Administration200health care administration, medical records admin, environmental health, occupational health, public health education
Security and Law Enforcement127criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology108audiology, audiology and speech pathology, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Medicine87dentistry, medicine, pharmaceutics and drug design, public health
Hospitality70hospitality management
Fine Arts68fine arts, art history and criticism
Construction Trades60apparel and textiles
Office and Administration54office data entry
Computer Science and Engineering48information technology, computer science, software engineering
Drama and Performing Arts26dance, drama
Music26music performance, music theory and composition
Design23interior design
Engineering22engineering, engineering management
Architecture and Planning15urban planning
Religion and Philosophy14philosophy
Art Studies7art studies

Number of programs and degrees for East Carolina University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,47291
Master's degree1,38572
Post-master's certificate195
Doctor's degree5718
Postbaccalaureate certificate49
First-professional degree722

East Carolina University Student Body

In 2007-2008, East Carolina University had a total enrollment of 25,990 students (23,266 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 27%
First Professional 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 15%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 27%
20-21 23%
22-24 19%
25-29 11%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina83%
New Jersey2%
State unknown1%
New York1%

East Carolina University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 59 %

East Carolina University Room and Board (2007)

East Carolina University offers campus housing for 5,741 of its 23,266 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Greenville, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

East Carolina University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450540
SAT Math470560
SAT Writing440530
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1823
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT9%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

East Carolina University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,406
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,920
Room and board $ 7,330
Room charge $ 4,250
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,380
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
East Carolina University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 292300)

East Carolina University Faculty

East Carolina University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track234223
Non-tenured and not on tenure track239245

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year28$120,11010$120,343
Associate professorcalendar year20$91,36924$99,694
Assistant professorcalendar year16$79,93619$83,104
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
No academic rankcalendar year14$81,99143$70,030
All faculty totalcalendar year78$97,65897$85,029

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year139$97,33740$92,835
Associate professoracademic year185$77,494118$73,286
Assistant professoracademic year166$69,748167$64,999
Instructoracademic year5$57,8268$57,344
No academic rankacademic year125$50,044152$47,692
All faculty totalacademic year620$74,176485$63,761

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

East Carolina University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Conference USA
Basketball Conference USA
Baseball Conference USA
Track Conference USA

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5091141

East Carolina University Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Information Technology

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education Administration
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Sales & Marketing Oper/Marketing & Distribution Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Community Services
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Applied Economics
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant

Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
Medicine (MD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Biology
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Health/Medical Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets East Carolina University Apart:

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% of degrees in medical administration
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Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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% of degrees in engineering technician
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(for colleges of its size and type)
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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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