East Carolina University Review

A nationally recognized research university in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University has a strong reputation for its teacher education and medical programs. This 4-year public school is located in the eastern part of North Carolina, about 75 miles east of North Carolina's capital, Raleigh.

East Carolina University Overview

East Carolina University began as a teacher's college and now educates students in many areas. The school confers more than 100 bachelor's degrees, 73 master's degrees and 18 Ph.D.s as well as certificates of advanced study and specialist degrees. East Carolina University is known for its award-winning teacher education program and nationally recognized medical school program that emphasizes primary care, robotic surgery, obesity and diabetes.

The University of North Carolina system has 16 schools. When they are ranked by size, East Carolina University, an NCAA Division I-A school, is one of the largest. It also has one of the biggest distance learning programs in the country, with more than 60 programs that include bachelor's completion programs, graduate certificates, post-master's nursing certificates and licensing programs for teachers.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

Eastern Carolina has more than 27,500 students; about 21,000 of them are undergraduates. East Carolina University's First Year Center assists incoming freshmen with making the transition to college life; the school has a 76% retention rate for first year undergrads who are enrolled full time.

East Carolina University accepts online applications only. Students submit transcripts, scores from the ACT, SAT or both and an application fee. Students then manage their application online through a dedicated web portal. Successful applicants must complete a full complement of high school coursework that includes four years of English and math, three years of natural science and two years of foreign language study plus classes in U.S. history and the arts.

Most students attending East Carolina University receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans and scholarships. The school awards its own Access scholarships, which are need-based merit awards. The school also participates in the federal work-study program and has its own student employment program.

Campus Facilities and Learning Environment

Most students at East Carolina University enjoy specialized campus facilities related to their studies. For example, medical school students at East Carolina University perform hands-on work at a Pitt County Memorial Hospital, the affiliated teaching hospital; students studying art and design have the ability to cast their own bronze, aluminum and steel at a campus foundry. Communications students have access to a newsroom.

East Carolina University's library resources include the J.Y. Joyner Library, which includes a music library, and the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library. An extensive collection of online resources is available from off-site locations via the Internet.

Colleges and Schools at East Carolina University

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

School Contact Information

  • Address: East 5th Street, Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353
  • Phone number: (252) 328-6131