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Freshman Core Guidelines 

To be admitted as a freshman, you must have completed the following courses upon high school graduation:

♦  English 4 course units in English, emphasizing grammar, composition and literature.

♦  Mathematics4 course units including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a higher level mathematics course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite.

      Note:  The fourth math course unit is applicable only to students who graduated in 2006 or later.

♦  Natural Science3 course units including a life or biological science, a physical science and a laboratory science.

♦  Social Studies 2 course units, one of which must be U.S. History.

♦  Foreign Language2 course units of a language other than English.  Both must be in the same language (i.e. Spanish 1 & 2).  ECU accepts both American Sign Language and Latin.

Note:  The foreign language component is applicable only to students who graduated high school in 2004 or later.

During your senior year we recommend that you take a foreign language, mathematics, and a natural science course in addition to English.  These courses will better prepare you for your Freshman year curriculum.

If you have earned a GED or did not meet all of the minimum course requirements as indicated above please view the Transfer Admission Guidelines to see how to gain admission to ECU.

A Complete Application For Freshman Admission Includes  

♦ A completed online application

♦ Nonrefundable $70 application fee

♦ Official high school transcript including senior year courses in progress and grade point average on a 4.0 scale

♦ Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended including CC dual enrollment.

♦ Official SAT and/or ACT scores  (Please make sure that all test scores are sent directly from ACT or CollegeBoard)

♦ SAT Code - 5180

♦ ACT Code - 3094

      Note:  If applicants choose to take the ACT, they must register for the optional writing section.

Deadline: Freshman Applications For Admission

Fall Semester: March 15

Spring Semester: Attention Freshmen applying for Spring 2014: The Freshmen application for the Spring 2014 term has been closed.

All Summer Sessions: March 15

Deadline: Online Enrollment Deposit (for admitted students only)

Fall Semester: May 1

*The official deadline for payment of your ECU Enrollment Deposit is May 1. It is strongly advised to pay your deposit online as soon as possible to reserve your space in the incoming class. VIsit the Admitted Student Checklist for Freshmen for instructions on paying your deposit.


Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.

Due to recent changes in higher education regulations, ECU will no longer be able to offer online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Maryland.  ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree. 

For questions specific to the state authorization process, call 252/737-1268 or email