Here's a sneak peek of some of the things you'll discover when you attend East Carolina University.


Not enough can be said about the advantages that living with your fellow Pirates can offer you as an East Carolina student. By choosing to attend ECU, you will be making the decision to come to a place where you will build memories and friendships that will last forever.

Above all else, you are coming to East Carolina to learn and grow. You will have plenty of opportunities to grow academically here. And thanks to dozens of programs, organizations, offices, and services offered across campus, you can grow in many other ways, too—intellectually, socially, ethically, spiritually, and personally.

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As a freshman at East Carolina, you’re guaranteed a room in one of our residence halls! When you choose your neighborhood, you also choose your neighbors and friends. You’ll live near campus eateries and other centers of student activity. You won’t need to worry about bringing your own appliances. When you need to go to class or visit the library, you’ll be within a couple minutes’ walking distance. Your new friends will live next door or right down the hall. The ECU Police Department provides a secure atmosphere in which you can live. Finally, you’ll join previous generations of Pirates who made long-lasting memories during their first year on campus. 

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East Carolina University is committed to access and diversity as two of its fundamental core values. One of the most important elements of a university education is exposure to and interaction with individuals of differing cultural, ethnic and geographic backgrounds. Our mission is to provide you with a world-class quality education which prepares you for service in an ever-changing global society.

The multicultural experiences you will have at East Carolina will be interwoven into both your academic programs and extracurricular activities. Understanding and embracing diversity are key elements to success in your ECU education. With this goal in mind, we invite you to explore the wonderful differences that distinguish us from other universities.

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One of East Carolina’s most important priorities is making sure you and your classmates live and learn in a safe and healthy environment (plus, we need to get you to and from where you need to be). The following programs and organizations are dedicated to that mission.

ECU Transit is a free service for all students, staff and faculty. Serving as the primary provider of transportation services to the ECU community, ECU Transit offers a wide variety of travel options on our comprehensive system, which provides more than 2.5 million rides a year with service on and off campus. The ECU Transit can connect students with off-campus housing, shopping, and dining throughout Greenville. This service is available through the Fall and Spring Semesters and operates a modified schedule during the Summer.

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The mission of the ECU Police Department is to assist students, staff, faculty, and visitors in maintaining a safe environment, and to enhance the quality of life at East Carolina University. The campus safety division, housed in the ECU Police Department, promotes a safe environment at East Carolina through awareness and educational programs. ECU uses state-of-the-art security and safety technology to enhance its efforts. 

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East Carolina University is home to nearly 500 student organizations designed to enhance your experience as a college student. Programs focus on a wide range of interests including but not limited to: academics, leadership, Greek Life, honors, cultural interests, medical and health science, education, religion and spirituality, service, student government, visual and performing arts, and more.

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Cheer the football team on to victory in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium with fellow Pirate fans. Join the Minges Maniacs as the Pirates take to the hardwood against American Athletic Conference basketball foes in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Take in a baseball game in the state-of-the-art Clark-LeClair Stadium. As an ECU student, you can get great seats at big-time college sporting events throughout the academic year.

East Carolina is an NCAA member in all of its 20 intercollegiate sports and is a member of the American Athletic Conference. You’ll see the Pirates in exciting matchups against conference rivals, as well as regional and national opponents. Show your support for all ECU athletics by joining the Student Pirate Club.

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Campus Recreation and Wellness supports and encourages balanced, healthy lifestyles for the diverse East Carolina community by providing leadership development through educational and recreational programs. The department is committed to providing exemplary student leadership experiences, enhancing individual potential, developing responsible citizenship, and fostering a lifelong commitment to learning skills associated with physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being.

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East Carolina is dedicated to making sure your college experience is a rewarding, healthy, and formative one. At times, you might feel the need for a little extra help when special circumstances come up. Our support services on campus are designed to give that extra help.

Greenville has been increasingly recognized for its assets. It was named one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance, and it is not hard to see why. The restaurant scene is one to be envied, with anything from seafood to barbecue to Italian, Thai, or Indian. There are also many places to shop such as farmer’s markets, antique stores, specialty stores, boutiques, and shopping malls. For those interested in the arts, there are many museums and galleries. There are a number of music venues which feature well-known and local artists, and two multiplex theaters where you can see the latest films.

Sports Illustrated and the National Parks & Recreation Association named Greenville “Sportstown USA” for the state of North Carolina, and the city is known as “BMX Pro Town USA” because it is home to many BMX riders. Greenville has a bowling alley, an ice skating rink, golf courses, and bike and running trails. Its location next to the Tar River and Pamlico Sound allows for boating, tubing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and other water recreation.

To top it off, Greenville is located about an hour and a half east of North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh and about the same distance west of the Crystal Coast, home to some of North Carolina’s most beautiful beaches. The famous Outer Banks also are just a short drive away.

Learn more about Greenville, North Carolina and the surrounding region.

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