East Carolina University
106 Whichard Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: (252) 328-6640
March 15 application deadline
March 15 accepted
East Carolina University is a public institution that was founded in 1907. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,663, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,379 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. East Carolina University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 194. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,968 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,511 (2011-12).
East Carolina University (ECU) is located in Greenville, N.C., about 80 miles from the state capital of Raleigh. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 75 master’s programs, including those in the fields of business and education. Graduate students can also study in the Brody School of Medicine, which is highly ranked in its primary care, rural medicine, and family medicine programs. At the campus Child Development Laboratory (CDL), an accredited child care center, students can train for birth to kindergarten teacher education by observing and interacting with small children. Besides academics, ECU students can get involved by joining more than 300 campus clubs, pledging with numerous fraternities and sororities, or playing in a wide variety of intramural sports. More serious athletes can try out for the ECU Pirates varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA. Notable ECU alumni include actress Sandra Bullock, who won an Academy Award for her role in The Blind Side, and Vince and Linda McMahon, the founders and chief executives of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
School mission (as provided by the school):
Since its inception in 1907, East Carolina University has become a nationally recognized institution that prepares students to be professionals and scholars as well as the leaders of tomorrow.
With a student population of nearly 28,000, East Carolina is a large university that is committed to giving every student an education fit for the 21st century, as well as the challenges and opportunities they need to become the leaders in their fields. The sizable student body benefits from small classrooms that, at every level, are led by experienced faculty members.
Students take advantage of the Global Classroom, which connects students with their peers around their globe. Some classes are even held in the world of Second Life, where students can conduct research in the virtual version of ECU's library. The brightest students take part in the living-learning communities of the Honors College.
From searching for the remains of a colonial North Carolina governor to improving public health in Africa, students participate in research and field opportunities. ECU is home to top-notch researchers in various fields, including a biologist who earned a guest spot on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report for his discovery of a new species of spider, which he named after the show's host.
The university is actively engaged in improving the quality of health care, a mission for which it has achieved national recognition. The Brody School of Medicine is among the top producers of primary-care physicians in the nation. The East Carolina Heart Institute, led by world-renowned surgeon Dr. Randolph W. Chitwood Jr., puts cutting-edge care and research of cardiovascular diseases under one roof and in the hands of top-notch professionals. The School of Dental Medicine will train students in community service-learning centers, where they will continue to learn as they help patients who lack regular access to dental care.
ECU's impact extends beyond its research capabilities. More than 187 health and human service agencies benefit each year from nearly 10,000 students giving hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours. Their acts of generosity have included organizing after-school recreation events, writing grants for local non-profit organizations, and collecting thousands of pounds of clothing, food, and other items for Give & Go.
The university has also made large strides in helping the members of the US Armed Forces. Dr. Carmen Russoniello has helped soldiers recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through the use of gaming technology and biofeedback techniques. ECU has distributed free football tickets to the men and women of the military. Last year, East Carolina became the second university to be awarded the 2010 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award for its commitment to the men and women of the military.
Students also develop the qualities necessary to make them tomorrow's leaders. The ECU Leadership Challenge instills leadership values in students through challenging activities and dialogue. Sponsored series bring in leading figures in multiple subjects each year to share their experiences and wisdom. East Carolinas Army ROTC has competed in the elite Sandhurst competition at West Point, demonstrating their commitment to excellence.
The university also improves the quality of life in North Carolina, both economically and culturally. It generates more than $3 billion annually for the state economy. The Office of Engagement, Innovation & Economic Development creates partnerships between ECU and the region to promote entrepreneurship and create jobs. East Carolina's cultural impact is seen through its art exhibits and more than 150 musical performances each year. The university is also home to a championship-winning football team.
East Carolina University continues to do today what it began more than 100 years ago: train every student to not only participate in the world but to also shape it.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1907
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - semester
Setting - urban
2010 Endowment - $98,981,025
Selectivity - selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 70%
Application deadline - March 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - March 15
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 17:1
4-year graduation rate - 29% - Medium
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Elementary Education and Teaching 7% Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7% Business Administration and Management, General 5% Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5% Psychology, General 4%