ECU Undergraduate Catalog 2000-2001



Unless otherwise specified, admissions to all curricula are under the jurisdiction of the director of admissions, from whose office application forms may be secured. The completed forms with required evidence of eligibility should be submitted to the director of admissions as soon as possible.  Applicants should contact the admissions office to determine deadline dates for each academic term. All students who are seeking college credit, whether or not they are working toward a degree, must gain admission to the university.

The university seeks to admit undergraduate students who show evidence of being able to succeed in and benefit from academic programs of the rigor offered.  The admission decision is based on those criteria indicative of performance and potential as listed below.  The chancellor or his designee may admit students whose special talents indicate success in programs requiring those talents. 

East Carolina University is an equal educational opportunity institution; and, in keeping with this policy, the university makes no distinction in the admission of students, or in any other of its activities, on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, creed, disability, age, or national origin.

To serve the varied interests, the university admits students at the beginning of any regular term or either term of the summer session. Specific admission requirements are listed below.


Applicants who have registered in other colleges, universities, or technical institutes (whether or not they earned credit or wish to transfer credit) are required to submit official transcripts of all previous college attendance to the admissions office. All official records must be forwarded from the institution previously attended and must be on file in the admissions office before a student can be admitted. Falsification of the application or any academic records will result in dismissal from East Carolina University.

Transcripts will be evaluated on the basis of East Carolina University requirements, not those of any institutions previously attended. If a transfer student meets all admission requirements, full credit will be awarded for all transfer courses passed with a grade of C or better and for which East Carolina University has equivalent courses. To have a transcript evaluated, the student must have on file in the admissions office an application for admission, the $45 application fee, and an official transcript from each school previously attended.

Any record submitted for evaluation may be totally or partially disallowed according to East Carolina University policies and regional accrediting association regulations. East Carolina University routinely accepts credit from institutions accredited by regional accrediting associations. Validating examinations may be required in any or all subjects and will be required for work done at institutions not accredited by regional associations if the student wishes to establish such credit. All transfer students must earn a minimum of one‑half the hours of credit required for graduation at a regionally accredited senior college; a minimum of 30 s.h. and one‑half the hours in the major must be completed at ECU.

In exceptional cases, students may secure the equivalent of transfer credit by passing previously arranged special examinations in subjects in which they have systematically acquired knowledge under conditions which did not permit their earning transferable credit. Freshmen whose high school records and/or pre‑entrance tests show unusual achievement and promise in a subject may take special examinations to receive college credit. (See Advanced Placement and Credit, below.)  Limits on the number of semester hours of credit earned by special examination may be imposed by schools or departments.  Credit earned by examination may not be used to reduce minimum residence requirements.

Grades transferred from another institution are not considered in computing the GPA at East Carolina University, except in the case of seniors graduating with honors.

In addition to the above, the board of trustees has authorized the Admissions and Recruitment Committee, at its discretion, to require a personal interview and/or any test deemed advisable.

Although a satisfactory health certificate is not required for university admission, it is required for enrollment.


Admission requirements for freshmen are listed below:

1. Certificate of graduation (or its equivalent) from an accredited secondary school and a satisfactory scholastic record.

2. Twenty acceptable units of secondary school credit including in English, four course units emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature; in mathematics, three course units including algebra I, algebra II, and either geometry or a higher level mathematics course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; in science, three course units including at least one unit in a life or biological science (for example, biology), at least one unit in a physical science (for example, physical science, chemistry, physics), and at least one laboratory course; and in social studies, two course units including one unit in US history, but an applicant who does not have the unit in US history may be admitted on the condition that at least 3 s.h. in that subject will be passed by the end of the sophomore year. 

In addition, it is recommended that prospective students complete at least two course units in one foreign language and take one foreign language course unit and one mathematics course unit in the twelfth grade.

3. Satisfactory scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Entrance Examination Board (P.O. Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, or P.O. Box 1025, Berkeley, California 94701) or American College Test Assessment (American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240). Applications for either of these examinations should be available at the high school. Official scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions, East Carolina University.

4. A nondeductible, nonrefundable application fee of $45.

East Carolina University recommends that prospective students complete at least one course unit in the arts.  Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to individual programs; individual program admission requirements are described in the specific academic sections.

Advanced Placement and Credit

Applicants who present acceptable grades on advanced placement examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board will be given credit or advanced placement in the appropriate subject matter areas.   Applicants who complete an international baccalaureate may receive some college credit.  Additional information on acceptable examinations and required scores is available in the Office of Admissions.

Credit may also be given for acceptable performance in the appropriate subject matter areas on both the general examination and subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program and Defense Activity Nontraditional Education Support.  Additional information concerning required scores and acceptable tests is available in the Office of Admissions.

Placement Testing

Placement tests are given in mathematics, foreign language, and chemistry. However, placement tests will not be administered, nor will placement credit be awarded, in any of the three academic areas in which the student has earned any college credit. Credit earned through placement testing (See below.) is awarded without grade and without quality points, and no fee is exacted for such credit. The student should strive for a high score on placement tests because the resulting reduction in the number of credits to be earned to satisfy minimum requirements for graduation and the time made available for elective courses justify the effort. Tests are scheduled during the summer orientation program and at certain other times as determined by the department concerned. Information pertinent to each area is included in the sections immediately following.


Entering freshmen who present a grade of 3 on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Examination (language and composition or literature and composition) receive 3 s.h. credit and enroll in ENGL 1200 to complete the composition requirement.  Students with scores of 4 or 5 receive 6 s.h. credit and have completed the composition requirement.  Honors students who do not take the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination or who present a grade below 3 may enroll in honors sections of ENGL 1100.  Quality points will be granted only for those students who complete ENGL 1100 and/or 1200 through regular class attendance.

Foreign Language

To determine the university level of foreign language study at which students may most profitably continue the language(s) they took in high school, a placement test should be taken by all students who have only high school credit in foreign language(s) and wish to earn college level credit at ECU. (See Placement Testing, above.)

Students exercising the option to take the foreign language placement test may enroll in a course one level lower than the placement indication without departmental approval either during drop/add or by the fifth day of class.  After successful completion of the course, students will, upon request, receive bypass credit for the course(s) sequentially preceding the one completed.  This policy is to be applied to all students regardless of the date of their entry to the university.

Students who take the placement test may also receive bypass credit for language levels 1001 through 1004, but only upon satisfactory completion of validating procedures administered on this campus, as follows:

1. Upon completion of level 1002 with a passing grade, students will receive bypass credit for level 1001.

2. Upon completion of level 1003 with a passing grade, students will receive bypass credit for levels 1001 and 1002.

3. Upon completion of level 1004 with a passing grade, students will receive bypass credit for levels 1001, 1002, and 1003.

4. Upon completion of level 1004 on the written examination, students will receive credit for levels 1001, 1002, 1003, and 1004 upon receiving a passing grade in a course above level 1004.

Entering students who plan to continue their language study are strongly advised to do so as soon as possible after admission to the university. Any questions concerning placement and bypass credit should be directed to the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Students who do not wish to take the placement test in the language they choose to study must enroll in level 1001. Students with college bypass credit in a particular foreign language from another institution are not eligible to take the placement test in that language. Students who wish to study a different language from the one studied in high school may earn credit beginning with level 1001.

Foreign students are not eligible to take the placement test in their native language and receive bypass credit for basic elementary and intermediate level courses in that language. They are encouraged to take advanced courses in their native language; however, they should see the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before enrolling.


Students who earn a high score on the math placement test may enroll in one of the following:  MATH 1065, 1066, 1067, 1085, or 2127, all of which count toward the general education mathematics requirement.  Students  who earn a high score on the math placement test are eligible to receive credit for MATH 1065 (College Algebra) and for MATH 2127 (Basic Concepts of Mathematics) by passing a bypass examination.  These bypass examinations are administered either during summer orientation or on registration day of the fall semester. Students who are  successful on the MATH 1065 bypass examination will receive 3 s.h. credit and may proceed to the next mathematics course of his or her choice for which MATH 1065 is a prerequisite. Students who are successful on the MATH 2127 bypass examination will receive 3 s.h. of credit and may proceed to the next mathematics course of his or her choice for which MATH 2127 is a prerequisite.  Students contemplating transfer to East Carolina University may make arrangements to take the placement test during the summer program. For other mathematics courses, arrangements may be made for credit by examination by contacting the Department of Mathematics.


General Transfer

General admission requirements for transfer students are listed below:

1. Official transcript(s) from each college, technical institute, or university previously attended showing the following:

   a. A satisfactory GPA on all transferable hours attempted.  (Some professional schools may require a grade point average which is higher than that required by the university for admission to their programs.)

   b. Honorable dismissal and eligibility to return to the college or university at which last matriculated. (Attendance only at summer school or evening school does not apply.)

2. Nondeductible, nonrefundable application fee of $45.

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to individual programs.  Individual program admission requirements are described in the specific academic sections.

It is the student's responsibility to request that all transcripts and other records be forwarded to the admissions office. NOTE: Transfer students must meet the University of North Carolina subject matter admission requirements by completing high school courses as stated above (See Admission, Freshmen.) or by completing 6 degree-creditable semester hours each in English, mathematics, science, and social studies at a regionally accredited institution other than East Carolina University. In addition, those who present fewer than 30 s.h. (45 q.h.) of transferable credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 must have satisfactory high school grades and test scores to qualify as freshmen.

Transfer with Associate Degree

Admission of transfer students with an associate degree is based on the following criteria:

1. The applicant must have earned the associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of fine arts degree with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.

2. The applicant must have earned the degree at an institution that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

3. The applicant must have earned a minimum of 16 s.h. or 23 q.h. at the institution conferring the degree.


1. For those working toward a degree from East Carolina University, all of the admission requirements must be met.

2. For any visiting student, a statement must be presented from the dean or registrar of the college or university at which the student is enrolled, verifying good standing and recommending the courses to be taken.

3. Students holding a baccalaureate degree and seeking only nondegree credit should apply to the Graduate School.


All questions concerning graduate work, including admission, should be directed to the dean of the Graduate School.  Also, see the graduate catalog.


Individuals who are at least twenty-four years of age (nontraditional students) or individuals whose high school class graduated three or more years prior to the expected date of entry and who meet UNC minimum admission requirements (See General Transfer, Note, above.) may be permitted to enroll in the university under a performance-based admission policy that specifies retention stipulations provided they meet one of the following conditions:

1. have had no previous college experience or

2. have had previous college experience but have not been matriculated within the past one year and are eligible to return to the previous institution but do not meet all stated university admission requirements or

3. have had previous college experience, are not eligible to return to the previous institution, and have not been matriculated at the collegiate level for at least three years prior to the expected date of entry.

Individuals enrolled as degree-seeking students under the performance-based admission policy must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 and meet all retention stipulations by the end of the semester in which the twenty-eighth semester hour of degree creditable work is attempted.  Failure either to meet  the GPA requirement or to satisfy the retention stipulations will result in the student's being ineligible to continue enrollment at ECU.  (See Section 5, Academic Regulations, Readmission.)

Students enrolling under this policy must comply with all university policies regarding the payment of tuition and fees and must comply with NC state law concerning health and immunization.

These students are assigned for advisement and registration to the University College.  After satisfying retention stipulations, they are reassigned to the General College or to the school/department of their intended major.

An individual enrolled under the performance-based admission policy may not declare a major, compete in intercollegiate athletics, or participate in student exchange programs until all retention stipulations specified in his or her admission letter have been satisfied.


Veterans and children of deceased and disabled veterans must meet regular admission requirements. They should make preliminary application for any educational benefits due them directly to East Carolina University or to the nearest regional office of the veterans administration well in advance of the desired admission date so that the necessary details and documents may be obtained.  (See Section 4, Expenses, Financial Aid, Students Receiving Veterans Administration Educational Payments.)


East Carolina University actively seeks to attract international students into its undergraduate and graduate programs. The presence of these students, with their varied geographic and educational backgrounds, helps promote international goodwill and understanding in North Carolina and provides an opportunity for other university students to further their knowledge and appreciation of the cultures of many lands.

The Office of International Affairs serves as a clearinghouse for the admission of international students.  Publications about the university, international student application forms, and other materials are distributed worldwide to prospective students.  Academic assessments, financial evaluations, and immigration issues as well as admissions are handled through this office.  Students interested in applying from abroad may do so through inquiries to the Office of International Affairs, International Admissions Coordinator, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC  27858-4353.  International admissions information is available on the ECU website.

International students who wish to apply for admission to the university must possess a good working knowledge of English and demonstrate satisfactory achievement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Special application forms are required and are available in the Office of International Affairs. East Carolina University is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

The Office of International Affairs also assists ECU students from other countries with the many matters that are of particular concern to them during their stay in the United States. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of International Affairs, International Student Adviser, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC  27858‑4353.

A student from a country other than the United States may apply to the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for a Departmental Certificate of American Studies.  In order to qualify for this certificate, a student must pass a minimum of 14 s.h. of graduate or undergraduate course work with a minimum grade of C.  A certificate with distinction shall be awarded to a student who completes a program of 20 s.h. of which at least 14 s.h. are passed with a minimum grade of B.


Individuals may be allowed to enroll in the university on a space-available basis as either nondegree or visiting students if they qualify under one of the categories listed below.  For advisement and registration purposes, visitors are assigned to the Office of Undergraduate Studies; nondegree students are assigned to Weekend University.


Many individuals desire to take courses for valid reasons such as certification, needs arising from the workplace, and self-satisfaction. Often such plans do not require working toward a baccalaureate degree. Individuals who have not earned a baccalaureate degree and who desire to participate in this program should contact the Office of Admissions for additional information. 

Individuals enrolled as nondegree undergraduate students can apply no more than 28 s.h. earned in this status toward an undergraduate degree upon admission to East Carolina University.  However, nondegree enrollees may not use those hours to satisfy UNC minimum admission requirements for admission to East Carolina University but may transfer them to another institution.

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree desiring to enroll as nondegree students should contact the Graduate School for a nondegree graduate application and additional instructions.


Students attending another accredited college or university may desire to attend East Carolina University for a limited period of time and then return to their original institutions.  Such applicants must complete a visitor’s application and have the dean or other appropriate official at the parent institution verify that the applicant is in good standing.  This official should specify the courses to be taken at East Carolina University.  The student should enroll in only specified courses and then only if the required prerequisite courses or their equivalents have been completed.  Enrollment as a visitor will be limited to no more than 28 s.h. earned at East Carolina University.  Credit earned as a visiting student cannot be used to establish eligibility for admission to East Carolina University, but up to 28 s.h. earned at East Carolina University may be applied after the student has been admitted.

Division of Continuing Studies

Off‑campus students who are high school graduates or equivalent may enroll with the Division of Continuing Studies under a performance‑based admission policy.  (See Performance-Based Admission Policy, above.)

Anyone desiring information concerning transfer from the Division of Continuing Studies to the main campus should contact the Office of Admissions.  Those desiring additional information should contact the Division of Continuing Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858‑4353.


Applicants who are admitted as undergraduate students are required to remit a nonrefundable deposit of $30 to signify their intention to enroll.  All enrolling applicants will receive credit for the $30 deposit toward their tuition and fees.

Applicants who are accepted for admission to East Carolina University for the fall semester must deposit the $30 with the university cashier by May 1 or shortly after admission; applicants who are admitted for the spring semester must remit the deposit by November 15. The approval for admission will be tentative until the deposit and all required final academic records are received and reviewed to ensure that admission standards have been met. If the deposit is not received by the deadline, the applicant's acceptance will be continued only if space in the university is available.

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