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East Carolina University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on East Carolina University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors ECU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is East Carolina University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

East Carolina University was awarded 122 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

ECU landed the #429 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

ECU is also ranked #12 out of 56 schools in North Carolina.

See all of the rankings for East Carolina University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ECU?

Acceptance Rate

East Carolina University has an acceptance rate of 79%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to ECU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Carolina University  ( 520 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for East Carolina University  ( 510 to 590 )
ECU received ACT scores from 50% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for East Carolina University  ( 20 to 24 )

Learn more about East Carolina University admissions.

East Carolina University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At East Carolina University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at East Carolina University is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at East Carolina University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like East Carolina University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from ECU have a four-year graduation rate of 35%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  35 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at East Carolina University.

Good Overall Diversity at ECU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 23,071 undergraduates at ECU with 19,562 being full-time and 3,509 being part-time.

ECU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for ECU is 73.84 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  73.84 out of 100
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How Much Does East Carolina University Cost?

The overall average net price of ECU is $16,506. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ECU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,774 $12,887 $16,878 $21,063 $21,606

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ECU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At ECU, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $7,407 a year. That adds up to $29,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECU is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do ECU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from ECU make around $40,500 per year during the early years of their employment. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at East Carolina University make the most money.

Location of East Carolina University

East Carolina University is a public institution situated in Greenville, North Carolina. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of East Carolina University

Contact details for ECU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: East 5Th Street, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone: 252-328-6131

East Carolina University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 86 majors graduated from East Carolina University. Of these students, 5,140 received undergraduate degrees and 1,728 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 336 $58,300
Public Health 332 $29,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 301 $27,800
Communication & Media Studies 277 $32,700
Business Administration & Management 263 $40,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 227 $36,700
General Psychology 217 $27,100
Industrial Production Technology 209 $50,900
Marketing 207 $38,800
General Biology 199 $29,400

Learn more about the majors offered at East Carolina University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ECU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 12,960 students took at least one online class at East Carolina University. This is an increase from the 12,348 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 12,960 6,812
2016-2017 12,348 6,626
2015-2016 12,133 6,526
2014-2015 12,011 6,299
2013-2014 10,642 5,860

Learn more about online learning at East Carolina University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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