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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

College Factual ranked ECU as #429 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

ECU also holds the #12 spot on the Best Colleges in North Carolina ranking.

See all of the rankings for East Carolina University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ECU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at East Carolina University is 79%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that ECU is a good fit for you.

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

The student to faculty ratio at East Carolina University is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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 23,081 undergraduates at ECU with 19,204 being full-time and 3,877 being part-time.

ECU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from ECU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,500 in their early years. 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

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

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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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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