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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?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

East Carolina University was awarded 86 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, ECU is ranked #515 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 55 colleges in North Carolina, ECU is ranked at #10.

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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at East Carolina University is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 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 23,265 undergraduates at ECU with 19,999 being full-time and 3,266 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 69.65 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  69.65 out of 100
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How Much Does East Carolina University Cost?

The overall average net price of ECU is $15,415. 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 +
$10,779 $11,786 $15,642 $19,364 $20,678

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 63% of students took out student loans averaging $7,416 a year. That adds up to $29,664 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECU is 5.0%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from ECU make about $40,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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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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 2017-2018 academic year, students from 85 majors graduated from East Carolina University. Of these students, 4,949 received undergraduate degrees and 1,681 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
Communication & Media Studies 308 $32,700
Nursing 300 $58,300
Public Health 299 $29,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 280 $27,800
Business Administration & Management 278 $40,000
Teacher Education Grade Specific 226 $36,700
Criminal Justice & Corrections 203 $32,900
Industrial Production Technology 197 $50,900
General Psychology 197 $27,100
Marketing 184 $38,800

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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