To get started, review the admission guidelines, application requirements, and deadline dates below. It is never too early to begin preparing your application and high school students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year. 

Freshman Core Requirements

To be considered for admission 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.
  • Mathematics: 4 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 Sciences: 3 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 Language: 2 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 strongly 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 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. 

If you are a graduate of a Cooperative Innovative High School (Early College), please read more about your application options here

A Complete Application For Freshman Admission Includes:

  • A completed online application (Admissions Portal or Common App)
  • Nonrefundable $75 application fee
  • Official high school transcript including senior year courses in progress and current grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended including community college dual enrollment
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores (please make sure that all test scores are sent directly from ACT or College Board)
    ACT Code - 3094 
    SAT Code - 5180

Official documents should be sent to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mailstop 517
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

The best way to track the progress of your application is to monitor your Admissions Portal account. We update the portal when we receive each part of your application.

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Deadlines: Freshman Applications For Admission

  • November 11, 2018: Deadline to be eligible to apply to the Honors College (transcripts and test scores must be received by this date)
  • December 15, 2018: Deadline to be eligible to apply for other merit-based university scholarships
  • March 1, 2019: Final freshman application deadline

Deadline: Enrollment Deposit (Admitted Students Only)

Fall Semester: May 1, 2019

*The official deadline for payment of your ECU Enrollment Deposit is May 1, 2019. 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.

Residency Determination

The Residency Determination Service (RDS) has been established by the North Carolina State Legislature as the centralized service for determining residency for students. If you are an undergraduate student applying for admission and claiming in-state residency for tuition purposes, you must visit www.NCresidency.org to verify your residency. If you've already completed the residency verification process and obtained your Residency Certification Number (RCN), you can enter your RCN when filling out our application. If you do not already have your RCN, you may submit your application and then come back and enter your RCN once you have it. It is your responsibility to complete the Residency Determination Process in a timely manner. Your residency status determines your cost of tuition and eligibility for North Carolina-supported financial aid.

For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar's Residency page, or contact RDS at 1-844-319-3640 or rdsinfo@ncresidency.org.

Graduates of Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early College)

Beginning with the 2017 admissions cycle, graduates from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools have an important decision to make when seeking admission to East Carolina University. According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16. (a) "any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student." You can see if your early college qualifies by reviewing the list of Cooperative Innovative High School Programs.

If you meet the criteria listed above, please consider the following information when selecting which applicant status you would like to be evaluated for in the admissions process.

Important Note: Cooperative Innovative Graduates will still be submitting a freshman application, but will be given prompts to select how the applicant would prefer to be evaluated: Early College Option - Freshman or Early College Option - Transfer.

  • Freshman criteria includes an evaluation of all high school coursework, test scores, as well as your college coursework. We will weigh both as we make an admission decision.
  • Transfer criteria includes an evaluation of all college coursework; however, we still require applicants to submit high school transcripts and test scores.
  • Regardless of what criteria you select, you will still be bound by the freshman residency requirements as well as be required to attend all freshman orientation activities. 
If you have any questions about which applicant status to select, please call our office at 252-328-6640 before submitting your application.

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

All ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for applicable licensure in North Carolina.  In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure, ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina.  ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina.  Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina. 

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate, 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. Click here to read the full notice

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