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

College Experience

The College Experience

Above all else, you are coming to East Carolina to learn. 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.

Here's a look at many of the ways you can enhance your mind, your skills, your social circle, and your sense of wellness and belonging. Here's a look at how you can have a complete college experience. Here's a look at why East Carolina is the right place for you:

The university provides new admitted freshmen, entering in the fall 2018 term, with the opportunity to attend a two-day, on-campus orientation this summer. A fee is required to participate. Orientation is designed to: 

  • Academically prepare new freshmen for the fall semester through placement testing, meeting with an advisor, and registering for fall classes
  • Make students aware of important academic rules and regulations
  • Introduce students to student life at ECU and involvement opportunities
  • Provide a taste of what college life is like
  • Help students learn their way around campus
  • Provide students the opportunity to meet fellow Pirates!

Visit the orientation web page for more information. Registration for orientation will be available in March.

This three-day, two-night extended orientation camp connects students to ECU's history and traditions while they develop friendships in a fun environment. At camp, students participate in activities designed to help them learn about resources on campus, find out how to get engaged on campus, discover leadership opportunities, meet new friends, and learn about how to transition successfully from high school to ECU. A fee is required to participate. Scholarships are available. 

For more information, click here to visit the Camp P.I.R.A.T.E.S. webpage.

Join other new Pirates as university officials welcome you to East Carolina University. This event is designed to introduce you to the academic and social communities of the university. This celebration of your entry into higher education is followed by a pep rally led by the Pirate athletic director, coaches, cheerleaders, dance team, and pep band.

To learn more, click here to visit the New Student Welcome and Convocation webpage.

During the first several weeks of fall and spring semesters, there is a series of programs to welcome you to campus called Plunge Into Purple. These programs and events will help you meet your fellow students and begin college in a fun and informative way. During this time, you'll discover more about ECU and the keys to being successful in your first year.

To learn more, click here to visit the Plunge Into Purple webpage.

During the fall semester, you can take a course called First Year Seminar (COAD 1000) that is designed to help you make a smooth transition to college, both academically and interpersonally. This 1-credit-hour elective course will help you in many ways, including the following:

  • Make strong connections with your peers, faculty, and staff
  • Become familiar with campus resources
  • Strengthen your study skills
  • Jump-start your academic and career planning

For more information, click here to visit the First Year Seminar webpage.


Athletics, Wellness and Recreation

Pirate Athletics

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 19 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.

For more information, click here to visit the Pirate Athletics website

Campus Recreation and Wellness

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.

For more information, visit the Campus Recreation and Wellness webpage and view the sections below to learn more:

ECU's Student Recreation Center is the health club on campus—convenient, accessible, and filled with activities to keep the mind, body, and spirit in prime condition. Special features include six sport courts, an indoor climbing wall, an outdoor pool with lounge area, a 10,800-square-foot exercise area with weight machines, an indoor track, three multipurpose rooms, a wellness center, and racquetball courts. From outdoor adventure trips to group fitness classes, yoga to tai chi, water sports to lacrosse, and everything in between—students will not be bored here.

The North Recreational Complex (NRC), located 10 minutes from Main Campus, features eight lighted multipurpose activity fields. The fields accommodate a variety of sports including soccer, flag football, lacrosse, ultimate, and rugby. A field house with adjacent parking overlooks the fields, providing equipment storage and a covered seating area with restrooms. The property also includes six acres of water for boating, a sunbathing sandy beach area, outdoor fitness equipment, a half-mile walking and jogging trail, two sand volleyball courts, and an 18-hole disc golf course. The Odyssey Team Challenge Course at the NRC is approximately 40 feet tall and has eight distinct elements. The main course is 120 feet long, with two 300-foot zip lines.

Campus Recreation and Wellness also offers a low-ropes challenge course and a 50-foot alpine tower, as well as the Blount Recreational Sports Complex with 10 flag football and soccer fields and five softball fields. An extensive offering of more than 40 club sports and approximately 30 intramural sports activities provide plenty of opportunities for those who want some competition. There are also programs for individuals with disabilities, adventure trips, workshops, and equipment rental, as well as a diverse array of instructional classes, special events, and programs for youth and family.

Wellness and Fitness works to create and sustain a culture of holistic wellness and physical activity at East Carolina University, helping students achieve their personal and academic goals. We value inclusion, respect, personal accountability and equality for the ECU community. We offer over 40 group fitness classes each week, coupled with a variety of specialized fitness workshops and a team of certified personal trainers ready to assist with all of your exercise needs.

Get Involved

Getting Involved

Meeting new people is a big part of college life. You will make friendships that will last a lifetime. Chances are, every day you're here will bring new opportunities to expand your circle of friends. You could rush a fraternity. Write articles for The East Carolinian. Run for the Student Government Association. Go kayaking in the shadow of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Whatever your extracurricular interests might be, East Carolina has the right fit. 

Browse the select opportunities below to learn ways to get involved on campus and start meeting your fellow Pirates:

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement seeks to foster an environment where individuals learn about themselves and their community, take action through service, and advocate for lasting social change. The center serves as a clearinghouse for leadership and service learning opportunities, connecting ECU students with developmental and experiential experiences internal to the campus as well as external to the community. ECU faculty and community partners are also supported by the CLCE staff as they work with volunteers and service-learners to address Greenville’s needs, serving as leaders in the community.

For more information, click here to visit the CLCE website.

East Carolina is home to numerous groups designed to enhance your experience as a college student. Programs focus on a wide range of interests including but not limited to academic interests, cultural interests, education, Greek Life, honors, leadership, medical and health science, recreation, religion and spirituality, service, student government, and visual and performing arts. 

For details on individual organizations on campus, visit the student organization office's website, or call 252-737-1808.

The Office of Greek Life is committed to the fulfillment of the following core values: diversity, friendship, leadership, scholarship, philanthropy and service.

The Greek Community at ECU is composed of 42 (inter)national Greek Letter fraternities and sororities with a total of over 3,151 students. The community includes four Councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the Panhellenic Council (PHC). These councils were established to promote community service, leadership, academic excellence, campus involvement, diversity, and sisterhood and brotherhood. Each council assists and supports their member organizations in recruitment, risk management, educational programming, and discipline. The four councils each vote on a governing board that also sits on ECU’s Greek President’s Council.

For more information, click here to visit the Office of Greek Life website.

The Student Activities Board offers an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to take advantage of one of the most creative, energetic, and entertaining entities on campus. The Student Activities Board is a student-driven organization committed to fostering student development and leadership through the coordination of educational, engaging, and entertaining programs for the entire Pirate Nation. 

For more information, click here to visit the Student Activities Board website.

Student Activities and Organizations is committed to providing a broad range of co-curricular, educational, developmental, and social experiences by providing quality programs and support. We seek to engage students by offering meaningful opportunities that foster an appreciation of lifelong learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity. The department is home to over 475 registered student organizations, the ECU Student Activities Board, and Major Campus Events. We look forward to interacting with the students, parents, faculty, and staff of the Pirate Nation.

For more information, click here to visit the Student Activities & Organizations website.

East Carolina University Student Centers provides professional, friendly and courteous support services for the student body and university community as a whole. There are three functional areas within the Student Centers Department: Central Ticket Office that handles all tickets for University non-athletic events, Central Reservations Office that coordinates all non-athletic and non-academic facility rental on Main Campus and within the Brody School of Medicine, and the Facility Operations who manages the set-up, production, and supervision of Mendenhall Student center, Wright Auditorium, and the two new centers. The student center is a safe, welcoming location for the students while providing quality resources and information.

A sample of the programs offered:

  • Outer Limitz Bowling Classes and Leagues
  • Pirate Underground Billiards Leagues
  • Poetry Slams
  • That Big Idea Challenge for CGIU
  • Pledge Purple
  • NC Civility Summit
  • Knock'em Down Bowling Days
Services and resources:
  • Banking
  • The Outdoor Brickyard
  • Computer Center
  • Pirate Print Kiosk
  • Cynthia's Lounge
  • Vending Machines
  • Welcome Center
  • Destination 360 Food Court
  • Java City

Get more information at the Student Centers webpage.

The Student Government Association (SGA) provides governance for students with guidance from administration. Every year SGA's new student administration looks at what was done by past student administrations and decides what to keep, what to do better, and what to create. The SGA is currently separated into two branches: the executive branch and the legislative branch. Elected officials are the representatives in the legislative branch and the President and VP in the executive branch. The current student administration has several programs and services they provide.

Visit the SGA website for more information. 

ECU Student Media is made up of a student newspaper, website, radio station, yearbook, minority interest journal, arts and literary digest, general interest magazine and advertising and marketing agency. Student Media is an award-winning, multimedia source of news and entertainment covering issues of public importance in the ECU community, while at the same time providing ECU students with hands-on experience in leadership, collaboration, communication and management.

For more information, click here to visit the Student Media website.

Connect with your fellow Pirates before stepping foot inside a classroom. With more than 120 different ways to connect to ECU on social media, we've got you covered. From academic departments and club sports to undergraduate research opportunities and campus events, we have something for everyone. 

To browse our social media connections, visit the Connect webpage.

Support Services

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.

Browse the sections below:

Career Services provides services and programs to equip ECU students and alumni with the skills and tools needed to succeed in the marketplace. Career Services operates on a liaison model, providing a specific professional to work with students, faculty, and advisors of each college. Our career readiness tools include career assessments such as the MBTI, professional résumés and cover letters, interview skill development and practice, appropriate business attire, and etiquette training. Additionally, Career Services provides the necessary coaching in job search strategies, networking and salary negotiations, and helps students connect with hiring employers through career fairs, on-campus employer information sessions, CareerSHIFT, and ECU CareerNet, an interactive employer database featuring job and internship postings.

For more information, click here to visit the Career Services website.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development's goal is to enhance personal growth through developmental and therapeutic programs and services that help students develop skills, acquire knowledge, and understand themselves and others. The center offers free, confidential services that focus on the personal, academic, and career concerns that many college students face.

For more information, click here to visit the center's website.

The Dean of Students office (DOS) is committed to enhancing the university experience of our students by providing services that promote personal development and academic success. The Dean of Students office serves as an advocate for students and as a centralized resource for connecting students with the appropriate university services, offices and individuals in servicing their needs. The office supports students seeking to resolve educational and personal concerns that affect the quality of their academic success, their own personal goals, and their overall university experience.  

For more information, click here to visit the Dean of Students Office website.

Dining Services provides a wide variety of menu options with quality food and services while also fostering a global community. Dining Services strives to tailor programs, services, and dining venues to meet the needs of campus constituents, to address changing trends in the food-service industry, and to further the educational mission of ECU. With 28 retail outlets including two full-service dining halls that provide continuous service daily, Dining Services offers a wide-ranging culinary experience for the ECU community. 

For more information, click here to visit the Dining Services website.

Disability Support Services arranges accommodations that allow access to programs, services, facilities, and activities at East Carolina. The department enhances disability awareness among students, staff, faculty, and visitors while creating an inclusive and barrier-free environment.

For more information, click here to visit the Disability Support Services website.

The Department of Intercultural Affairs (DIA) is committed to cultivating a transformative and culturally competent community centered on inter- and intra-cultural learning. Through collaboration across the ECU campus, the local community, and the state, DIA develops co-curricular programs and services that facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, promote cultural competency development, and engage the community in reflective experiences that encourage self-exploration and challenge bias on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, social class, or other distinction.

The Department of Intercultural Affairs uses an evidence-based framework built on social justice in support of an inclusive campus environment where all students succeed and thrive.  

The DIA houses two distinct, yet interrelated units:

Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Resource Office

Intended to strengthen the university's relationship with our students' families, the Office of Parent and Family Programs is designed to increase communication with parents and to actively involve them in the life of the university. We help coordinate events such as Fall Family Weekend and Spring Family Weekend in order to engage families and connect them to the campus, and to each other. Parents and families play an important role at ECU, and the Office of Parent and Family Programs seeks to communicate information about the university that will enhance their ability to contribute to the success of their student.

For more information, click here to visit the Office of Parent & Family Programs website.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities promotes personal and academic integrity and a safe learning environment. We empower students to make ethical decisions and become personally responsible citizens. The office administers the Student Code of Conduct and the Academic Integrity Policy.

For more information, click here to visit the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities website.

The Office of Student Transitions collaborates with university constituents to create an environment that contributes to the success of all students, provides services that positively impact student persistence, and serves as a research and resource repository to advance learning of student development theories and best practices for first-year experiences. The Office of Student Transitions includes programming and services for first-year experience, transfer students, and nontraditional students including student veterans and first generation.

For more information, click here to visit the Office of Student Transitions website.

East Carolina's Student Health Services is a primary healthcare facility conveniently located on Main Campus that serves enrolled students.

For more information, click here to visit the Student Health Services website.

Safety, Security, and Transportation

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.

Browse the sections below:

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. 

For more information, click here to visit the Campus Safety website.

Off-Campus Student Services provides students and parents the opportunity to find safe and affordable off-campus housing. We accomplish this by encouraging open communication and delivering educational programs and services in order to empower students to become good citizens, keeping them connected to the university.

For more information, click here to visit the Off-Campus Student Services website.

Student Legal Services (SLS) is an advisory service that is available to all fee-paying students. They advise on common areas of law that concern students.

For more information, click here to visit the Student Legal Services website.

ECU CARES is a campus-wide resource where students, faculty, and staff can report concerning behavior on campus. 

For more information, call 252-737-5555 or click to visit the ECU CARES webpage.

The nationally accredited ECU Police Department assists students, faculty, and staff in maintaining a safe campus environment and enhancing the quality of life at East Carolina.

For more information, click here to visit the ECU Police Department website.

Our comprehensive transportation system offers a wide variety of travel options and operates to serve the ECU community with bus stop locations on and off campus. With a diverse fleet of vehicles, ECU Transit provides more than 2.9 million rides annually.

For more information, click here to visit the ECU Transit website.

Smartphone users can download the LiveSafe app, which provides students, faculty, and staff a direct connection to campus safety so that everyone can easily communicate all their safety needs. Its easy-to-use features help you stay safe every day and enable the ECU Police community to better protect you.

For more information, click here to learn more and download.

Register for orientation

Fall term freshmen will chose from one of multiple two-day sessions available during the summer. During orientation, you will take a math placement exam (if necessary), receive academic advising, obtain your student identification card, and complete other important enrollment tasks.

Visit the Orientation website to learn more. Registration will open in March.

Have questions? We have a group of informed staff members who are dedicated to making sure you get the information you need. 

Give us a call at 252-328-6640 or send us an email at

There are several other ways to connect with East Carolina through social media and other online venues:

Undergraduate Admissions Portal
Campus Wide Social Media Directory

Be sure to follow the admissions office on the social media sites below:

  • Admissions: 252-328-6640
  • Athletics Ticket Office: 252-328-4500
  • Campus Dining: 252-ECU-FOOD
  • Campus Multifaith Alliance: 252-758-2030
  • Campus Parking: 252-328-6294
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness: 252-328-6387
  • Career Services: 252-328-6050
  • Cashier's Office: 252-737-6886
  • Club Sports: 252-328-6387
  • Counseling and Student Development: 252-328-6661
  • Disability Support Services: 252-737-1016
  • ECU 1 Card: 252-328-2673
  • ECU Police: 252-328-6787
  • ECU Transit: 252-328-4724
  • Fee Payments: 252-328-6886
  • Financial Aid: 252-328-6610
  • Fraternity Advisor: 252-328-4235
  • Health Service 252-328-6841
  • Honors College 252-328-6373
  • Housing (Campus Living) 252-ECU-HOME
  • Intercultural Student Affairs: 252-328-6495
  • International Students: 252-328-4829
  • Judicial System: 252-328-6824
  • Mendenhall Student Center: 252-328-4700
  • Off-Campus Student Services: 252-328-2847
  • Orientation: 252-328-4173
  • Parent Services: 252-328-4173
  • Registrar: 252-328-6524
  • Residency Status: 252-328-6640
  • Sorority Advisor: 252-328-4235
  • Student Government: 252-328-4726
  • Student Stores: 252-328-6731
  • Undergraduate Studies: 252-328-6001