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East Carolina University Data & Information Overview

995 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
88% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is East Carolina University Ranked?

#295 Best Colleges in Nation
#6 Best Colleges in NC
Applied/Public Sociology Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 995 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is applied/public sociology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked ECU as #295 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ECU held the #556 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 93 colleges in North Carolina, ECU is ranked at #6.

See all of the rankings for East Carolina University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ECU?

88% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
53% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at East Carolina University is 88%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into ECU is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

About 53% 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 510 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for East Carolina University  ( 510 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for East Carolina University  ( 510 to 580 )
ECU received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for East Carolina University  ( 19 to 24 )

Learn more about East Carolina University admissions.

East Carolina University Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
81% Full Time Teachers

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 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at East Carolina University

83% Freshmen Retention
40% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at ECU for first-time, full-time students is 40%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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

East Carolina University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
31.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 23,056 undergraduates at ECU with 18,886 being full-time and 4,170 being part-time.

How Much Does East Carolina University Cost?

$16,550 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
$30,016 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of ECU is $16,550. 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 +
$11,260 $13,029 $16,654 $20,488 $21,665

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 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,504 a year. That adds up to $30,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECU is 5.1%. 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?

$47,403 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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 $47,403 in their early years. This is good news for future ECU graduates since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of East Carolina University

North Carolina State
18,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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

89 Majors With Completions
5,233 Undergraduate Degrees
1,649 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from East Carolina University. Of these students, 5,233 received undergraduate degrees and 1,649 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 343 $61,076
Business Administration & Management 334 $42,335
Communication & Media Studies 317 $33,632
Public Health 273 $29,077
Teacher Education Grade Specific 249 $36,077
Marketing 221 $44,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 221 $30,403
General Psychology 219 $26,525
Industrial Production Technology 209 $55,129
Liberal Arts General Studies 205 $29,127

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

Online Learning at ECU

93% Take At Least One Class Online
37% Take All Classes Online

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 2019-2020, 26,733 students took at least one online class at East Carolina University. This is an increase from the 13,890 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 26,733 10,537
2018-2019 13,890 7,109
2017-2018 12,960 6,812
2016-2017 12,348 6,626
2015-2016 12,133 6,526

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.


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