College guides and rankings can be differentiated from one another by the data each collects and the process used for collecting that information. The most accurate guides obtain data from the schools directly through annual surveys, e.g. College Board’s “Big Future”website or the National Center for Education Statistics’ “College Navigator” website. The most reputable rankings are accompanied by detailed descriptions of methodologies and data sources.
Guides and rankings can also be differentiated by the types and number of institutions evaluated. For categorizing by type, many follow a framework loosely based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education that labels four-year institutions as Doctorate-granting Universities, Master's Colleges and Universities, or Baccalaureate Colleges. Popular guides and rankings will label doctorate-granting universities as National Universities, while others are considered to be liberal arts or regional colleges and universities. As a doctorate-granting research university, ECU is typically compared to other National Universities only. Additionally, not all schools in a category end up on the final ranking list. For example, when preparing their annual Best Colleges ranking for 2017, U.S. News & World Report began with a pool of over 1500 institutions; however, 162 schools did not meet one or more of the criteria U. S. News had established for an institution to be ranked. Of the 310 National Universities in the pool, 12 did not meet criteria for ranking.
This page includes information about where ECU falls within some of the more well-known rankings, along with some notable recognitions of the university. Although guides and rankings may be useful tools in the college search process, they fall far short of portraying the full college experience. To determine if East Carolina University is the best fit for you, explore our website or, better yet, visit our campus to see ECU’s mission of student access and success in action.
differs from most other rankings in that it focuses directly and broadly on
economic mobility or the extent to which a college or university educates more
economically disadvantaged individuals at lower tuition and graduates them into
good paying jobs.
Year of most recent ranking: 2016
Where we rank: In
top 10% of schools ranked, 93 of 918
Link to methodology
Career determines the Economic Value Added by each college ranked. Economic
value added is defined as being the improvement in earnings
and employability of graduates; measured against the total cost of the
Year of most recent ranking: 2017
Where we rank: In top 30% of schools
ranked, 355 of 1200
Washington Monthly ranking system (which it has issued annually since 2005)
rates colleges and universities in three areas:
social mobility, commitment to research, and commitment to community
service. Washington Monthly also issues
each year a best “bang for your buck” list which includes schools that combine
better-than-expected graduation rates with an affordable price.
Where we rank: In top 50% of all schools ranked
News & World Report
One of the
most well-known ranking publications, U.S. News has been providing education
rankings since 1983.
Year of most recent rankings: 2018 for Best Colleges and Top Public Schools; 2016 and 2017 for others
Where we rank:
The Princeton Review recognizes colleges and schools in four regions of the
country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, & West—that they consider
Year of most recent review: 2017
Business Schools (Southeast)
Best Medical Schools
NCTQ is a
non-partisan research and policy organization that evaluates multiple
educational programs across the nation for quality of teacher training.
Where we rank:
Military-Friendly School list was created by Victory Media Inc. in 2003 and is
published annually on MilitaryFriendly.com