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Your guide to the Pirate Promise program, for participating NC Community Colleges

Prepare for your future: join the Pirate Nation with Pirate Promise. ECU extends an invitation to participate from your community college before you graduate and transfer. Pirate Promise is the starting point for full-time community college students to attend special events, get advising and have support as you transfer to ECU.

Get these benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission to ECU
  • Waived ECU transfer application fee
  • Joint academic advising
  • Joint financial aid counseling and RaiseMe micro-scholarship opportunities
  • Eligible to purchase an ECU One Card
  • Access to ECU Libraries
  • Access to Here’s How ECU Career Services virtual workshop series
  • Participate in select campus activities including “invitation only” Pirate Promise events at ECU
  • And much, much, more

By participating you will have a seamless degree-completion pathway to graduation at ECU.

Meet these requirements to be eligible:

  • You are enrolling or already a full-time student at one of the NC Community College Pirate Promise schools in an associate degree program. (A list of eligible associate programs can be found in the NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.)
  • You are a full-time student (minimum 12 hours a semester) unless you are an Early College or CCP student.
  • Early college and Career and College Promise students are eligible if pursuing an associates degree.
  • To maintain eligibility, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

The Pirate Promise program does not guarantee admission to a specific major or program.

How do I apply?

Click here for the ECU Pirate Promise application.

Please note, your community college will verify your eligibility.

Participating Community Colleges:

  • Beaufort County Community College
  • Carteret Community College
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • College of the Albemarle
  • Craven Community College
  • Edgecombe Community College
  • Halifax Community College
  • Johnston Community College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Martin Community College
  • Nash Community College
  • Pamlico Community College
  • Pitt Community College
  • Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Sampson Community College
  • Wayne Community College
  • Wilson Community College
  • Wake Technical Community College

Additional Tips

Any Questions? Contact us at piratepromise@ecu.edu.

 “Our most fundamental goal is to make college attendance a far less daunting endeavor for these students who might not think that going to college is within their reach. In particular we want these students to understand that the community college/university pathway is very cost effective and to ensure that the transfer from the community college to the university is relatively seamless.”

—ECU Provost Dr. Ron Mitchelson