East Carolina University

East 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353

School Details

East Carolina University is a public research university located in Greenville, North Carolina. Founded in 1907, East Carolina University began as the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Classes officially began in the fall of 1909, and while the school was open to both men and women, men did not attend until the 1930s. The school was renamed in 1920 to recognize its classification as a four-year college and became the East Carolina Teachers College. In 1948, the school changed from simply a teachers college to one that offered both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. In 1951, the school underwent another name change and dropped the word teachers and became simply the East Carolina College. About 15 years later, the college changed its name for the final time to what is recognized today as East Carolina University. Today, ECU is the second largest university in North Carolina. East Caroline University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Recognized as a large university, ECU has around 21,500 undergraduate students and an additional 6,000 graduate students. ECU has a fairly high retention rate at about 80 percent of students returning for their second year. Almost all ECU students are part time; however, a little more than 10 percent of students qualify as part time. The average age for all students within the ECU student body is 22 years old and 21 years old for full time students. The gender ratio is heavy on the female side at about 60:40. Caucasians make up about three quarters of the student body followed by about 15 percent African American students, three percent Hispanic students and about two percent Asian students. An overwhelming 90 percent of students are in-state students. 

As a public university, ECU’s tuition and fees varies depending on in- or out-of-state student status. East Carolina has many financial aid opportunities accessible to students. Some of these opportunities include Federal financial aid, scholarships, grant, federal work study programs and tuition payment plans. About 60 percent of ECU students receive aid in the form of loans or part time jobs. Around 80 percent of students were judged to have need and 77 percent were offered financial aid. A little less than 10 percent of students had their full financial aid needs met. 

Students at ECU can earn their degrees in a variety of subject areas. These fields of study include dance education, finance, biochemistry, instructional technology, management and many others. At ECU students can earn degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level in addition to post-secondary certificates. Students at ECU who wish to earn their bachelor’s degree must complete an average of 120 credit hours and usually complete their studies in about four years as a full time student. Students who wish to earn their master’s degree normally complete an average of 30 credit hours; however, due to the specialized nature of graduate programs specific program credit hours may vary. Doctoral programs require an average of 72 credit hours to complete in addition to a dissertation. 

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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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