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



Getting Started

Congratulations on being admitted to East Carolina University! Choosing to go to college is a life-changing decision, and we know you've had a lot to think about in your search for the right fit for you. We're glad you've decided East Carolina is that right fit.

This is one of the most exciting times of your life, filled with opportunity and expectation—and yes, lots of questions. Now that you're a Pirate, the biggest question you might be asking is this: "OK, NOW WHAT?" 

This guide will answer that, along with many of the other questions that no doubt are running through your mind. You'll learn about important events coming up in the next several months. You'll learn about academic life, where you can live, where you can eat, and what you can do for fun. You'll learn about ways to meet new people, how to get involved on campus, and how to seek support when you need it. You'll also learn about the opportunities to make the most out of your college career.

If you still have questions, we have a group of informed staff members on campus 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

As you get ready for that big transition from high school to college—with all the excitement that goes with it—we want you to remember one very important thing: we are here to help you.

The Admitted Student Checklist

Now that you have been admitted, there are several important steps for enrollment that must be completed. It is very important that you verify your intention to enroll by paying your enrollment deposit, complete your housing contract (if applicable), and register for new student orientation.

Select your student type from the list below for a detailed Admitted Student Checklist:

An East Carolina Education

An East Carolina Education

Student Success. Public Service. Innovative Discovery. Global Impact. Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

Check out the following examples of our values in action:


scholarship-valuesEast Carolina University prides itself on academic excellence across disciplines. Read more about U.S. News & World Report ranking ECU in the top tier of national universities in its 2018 "Best Colleges" guide. 

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Value Public ServiceEast Carolina's motto is Servire, a Latin term meaning To Serve. ECU's Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement helps match students with service opportunities, like the alternative spring break experiences highlighted in this story.

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Value Discovery

Find the answer. Find a cure. Find yourself. At East Carolina, students and faculty are inspired to discover, innovate, and transform. Read about ECU researchers who performed an archaeological investigation of a downed WWII aircraft.

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Value Global ImpactThe university's impact is worldwide—from internationally renowned research by our faculty to study abroad experiences that help prepare students for success in the global economy in which they'll work. Read about the experiences of some of our Pirates Abroad students.

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What About Academics?

As a college student, you'll be pushed like never before. You'll study like never before. You'll experience new things like never before. It won't be easy, but the payoff will be worth the challenge.

At East Carolina, you'll find that your academic life goes far beyond the buildings where you take your courses. Sure, you'll learn plenty in our classrooms and labs. But our programs also include a wealth of opportunities—like research projects, internships, even study abroad—that keep you connected to the world you're preparing to enter as a professional.

When you graduate from East Carolina, you will be ready for tomorrow.

Here's a look at some academic opportunities to consider, as well as resources we have on campus to help you succeed.


academic-programsEast Carolina University features undergraduate degree programs ranging from accounting to women's studies. These majors are available in eight colleges across our university:

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences 

College of Allied Health Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

College of Engineering and Technology

College of Fine Arts and Communication

College of Health and Human Performance

College of Nursing

Discover more about your choice of major and the advantages of completing your program of study through East Carolina by utilizing the online Degree Explorer, or visit the Academic Advising Collaborative.

special-programsStudents entering East Carolina with a strong academic record may be eligible to compete for opportunities in top programs. We offer a variety of merit scholarship funding, as well as research and study-abroad opportunities, leadership and volunteer experiences, and unique and innovative seminars and colloquia.

Here's a quick look at several programs:

EC Scholars: The EC Scholars Award is the university's most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. A four-year merit scholarship valued at $62,000, the EC Scholars Award opens doors to unique research and leadership internships and service opportunities, as well as a required study-abroad experience. Invitations to apply are sent to eligible students by the Honors College each fall. Click here for more details.

Honors College: The Honors College is a diverse intellectual community for academically talented students of strong character. Students who are accepted to the Honors College will receive a merit scholarship, priority registration benefits, special housing, and access to innovative courses and experiences. Invitations to apply are sent to eligible students by the Honors College each fall. Click here for more details.

Early Assurance Programs: While not specifically scholarships, the Early Assurance programs guarantee admission to several of ECU's health sciences graduate programs (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and audiology) before students begin their undergraduate work. Invitations to apply are sent to eligible students by the Honors College each fall. Click here for more details.

Maynard Scholars: Offered through the ECU College of Education, the Maynard Scholarship is a four-year award available to outstanding students from the eastern half of North Carolina who are interested in a career in teaching. Recipients will be expected to teach in a public, charter, or government school for four years in one of 50 counties in the eastern half of North Carolina following graduation. Click here for more details.

The Office of University Scholarships: East Carolina's Office of University Scholarships can provide further details on these and a wide variety of other programs. Click here for more details.
foundationsOK, so you're a freshman at East Carolina. You might already know the career path you want to take and have decided exactly which degree program to enter. Great. Or, you might want to check out your options (we have plenty) on the way to declaring a major. That's fine, too.

Either way, you'll begin your college career by taking a variety of foundations curriculum courses. No matter which of our professional schools or colleges you decide to declare your major in, these courses give you a strong foundation for everything you will learn here as you continue your college career. You'll take classes in English, health, humanities and the fine arts, math, science, and the social sciences to fulfill your foundations curriculum requirements.

As we mentioned earlier, until you are able to declare a major, you'll have an advisor who will make sure you get the classes you need while you start thinking about a program through which you'll earn a degree. If you've already chosen or have a pretty good idea about a major, you'll have an advisor who will encourage you to take courses in your area of interest.

For more information, visit the Academic Advising Collaborative webpage.

LIBRARY2From map collections dating back to the 1500s to the latest e-journals and e-books, East Carolina's J. Y. Joyner Library has a wealth of resources to serve you in your time here, as well as librarians to help you use them.

With laptops and eReaders available for checkout, comfortable work spaces, and group study rooms available for reserve—as well as more than 1.3 million volumes and wide-ranging collections of manuscripts, maps, and oral histories—Joyner is the central hub of all things academic on campus.

For more information, visit the library's website and "like" it on Facebook.

ITCSThe IT Help Desk offers technical assistance to students regarding software, hardware, and network-related questions through email, telephone or live online chat. The Pirate Techs Student Computing Support Center assists students with network connectivity issues, mobile email setup, software installation, virus issues, spyware/malware infections, and more.
All residence halls have wireless networking and many general purpose computer labs are available in key locations around campus, as well as many department-specific locations. Pirate Print allows students to print from personal computers on or off campus to printing kiosks located across campus. Students can access the Blackboard learning management system to view course content, check grades, post to discussion forums, view important class announcements, read and download assignments, upload content, and more. ECU’s Pirate Port Web portal allows students to review financial aid information, register for courses, and look up grades online. ECU Mobile keeps students connected to East Carolina University from on or off campus.

Visit the ITCS website for more details about technology services and resources, IT policies and guidelines, data security, software available to students free of charge, and more.

undergrad-researchAt ECU, we believe that a well-educated student should have access to quality undergraduate research and creative opportunities within any field of study. These opportunities will enhance students' problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

In addition, undergraduate research is an excellent way to give students hands-on experience as scholars in preparation for graduate and professional programs. Students often will be able to receive course credit for independent study projects within their major. Some majors require students to complete a senior project, which often is a research project, for their degree.

The Office of Undergraduate Research, located in the Division of Research, Economic Development, and Engagement, offers research support via the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Awards.

Under the mentorship of a faculty member in their field, students can write a proposal to request supplies and stipends to carry out their research or creative projects. The OUR sponsors the annual Undergraduate Research Day during ECU's Research and Creative Achievement Week in the spring and supports travel to the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS), an annual event in November. Students also can present their research or creative projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) or discipline-specific regional or national conference.

ECU also is a part of the biennial Research in the Capital Symposium in Raleigh that allows top undergraduate researchers at UNC-system institutions the opportunity to present their work to state legislators.

Finally, the Office of Undergraduate Research also offers travel funds for students to present their work at discipline-specific conferences.

For more information, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website.


They are Pirates, too: A Look at our Alumni

You are joining many notable Pirates who have built successful careers in their respective fields. Let us introduce you to...

Scott Avett, member of the genre-spanning troupe The Avett Brothers.

Cassandra Deck-Brown, criminal justice alumna and chief of police for North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh.

Kelly King, business alumnus now serving as chairman and chief executive officer at BB&T.

Beth Grant, acting and directing alumna who has appeared in numerous movies and television series.

Major General Jeffrey Clark, medicine alumnus and former commander of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center now serving as director of healthcare operations at the Defense Health Agency.

Margaret O'Connor, art alumna who served as a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor for the New York Times.

Ron Clark, education alumnus, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.

Janice Faulkner, education alumna who served as a longtime college instructor as well as North Carolina's secretary of revenue, secretary of state, and commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Justin Hardy and Zay Jones, record-setting NCAA receivers now on the rosters of teams in the National Football League.

Pulitzer Prize-winners Rick Atkinson and Dan Neil are ECU alums. Bob Grezcyn (former president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina), Ruth Shaw (former president and CEO of Duke Power), and James Maynard (founder of Golden Corral restaurants) earned degrees here. Before their NFL careers, Dwayne Harris and Linval Joseph wore the purple and gold on game day. Actors Sandra Bullock and Emily Procter are alums, as are famed North Carolina potter Ben Owen III and Major League Baseball players Seth Maness, Jeff Hoffman, and Jharel Cotton.

You'll walk the same halls and learn in the same classrooms as the alumni who came before you. (OK, we've built some great new buildings since their days here, but you get the idea.) On the way to their professional lives, they learned here. They lived here. They were students at East Carolina—just like you.


Secure Your Spot

You must submit the non-refundable $100 Enrollment Deposit by May 1 to reserve your spot in the upcoming fall freshman class. Once you set up your PirateID and ECU email, secure your enrollment at East Carolina by completing the instructions below to pay the $100 non-refundable deposit.

  1. Use your PirateID to log into PiratePort
  2. Select the "Tools" tab, and click the "Tuition Statements, 1098-T Statements & Payments" link
  3. In the new window, select the "eDeposits" tab, choose the deposit term, and click "Select"
  4. Choose "Enrollment Deposit," click "Select," and then "Continue"
  5. Choose your desired payment method, and click "Select"
  6. Follow the steps on the screen to enter and submit your payment information
Note: You will receive a payment confirmation by email. Need help? Watch this helpful walk-through video.

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 these social media platforms:

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