East Carolina University

East Carolina University

East Carolina University offers an outstanding array of academic opportunities complemented by the complete college experience. ECU’s core commitment to student success is evident in the sense of community you will discover among our students and faculty. For these reasons and more, ECU is recognized as one of the nation’s best, providing you the benefits of a large research university while maintaining a small college feel. Located in Greenville, NC, the university is home to the state’s largest college of business, produces the largest number of education professionals, and trains the most health care graduates of any four-year institution in North Carolina. ECU is also a top choice for engineering, fine arts, communication, and more. Offering the widest range of academic programs in North Carolina, generations of Pirates have discovered their dreams at ECU and set a course to success. Join the journey!

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Application opens August 1. A complete application for freshman admission includes: online application and essay; official high school transcript including senior year courses in progress; transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended; official SAT and/or ACT scores; and $75 application fee or fee waiver. The deadline for Honors College eligibility is October 15. More information about deadlines and requirements can be found at admissions.ecu.edu.
For International Student Admission Information, visit our Global Affairs website.


Prospective students who attended a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school should apply for admission as a transfer applicant. Every year, ECU welcomes thousands of transfer students and offers extensive resources geared to meeting their unique needs. ECU is currently accepting applications through the Common Application for First Year students only. All other applicants should visit our website regarding admission requirements and to submit an application.

Additional Information

Degree Explorer
Explore our 175+ degree programs with Degree Explorer, a tool designed to match your interests and goals with the right degree program.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
ECU is consistently recognized for the quality and value of our exceptional college experience. We offer scholarships, financial aid options and other programs that can help you concentrate on your education, not how you’re going to pay for it. ECU awarded $300 million in total aid last year, and 73% of our students receive some sort of financial assistance. Learn more.

Visit us

The best way to get to know East Carolina University is to visit. We offer many opportunities for prospective students to experience campus, including: daily campus tours and information sessions, open houses, events for admitted students and other special events. Our enthusiastic students, faculty and staff look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus in the heart of Pirate Nation! For more information on ways to experience ECU, check out our Visit ECU page.

The ECU experience is a complete one – with a thriving student environment, exciting athletics and enriching cultural events. We have a vibrant intellectual student community where innovative research and creative expression is encouraged.

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School location

East Carolina University, Mail Stop 517
Greenville, NC 27858-4353, United States of America

Phone number

(252) 328-6640