Scholarship, the rigorous pursuit of knowledge, is just one of the values of an East Carolina education.


Maybe you already have mapped your path, or maybe you're taking life one step at a time. Whatever your situation, East Carolina University provides you options. There is truly something here for everyone. ECU is home to more than 100 undergraduate degree programs across nine colleges that reflect the diverse interests of our student body, plus the academic support you need to make the most of your time here.

More than 5,000 faculty members and staff serve our more than 27,500 students daily inside and outside the classroom. You will learn from expert faculty in top-rated programs. Enjoy small class sizes with an average of 28 students per class and an overall student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Degree Explorer

East Carolina University has an online tool that can help you discover more about the 200+ degrees offered at the university, including undergraduate and graduate degrees. Degree Explorer provides quick access to the following information: learn what makes this particular degree special at ECU, what courses you will study, what career opportunities could this degree unlock for you, and much more.

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We are confident that East Carolina University has the major you seek. We offer a broad range of traditional and interdisciplinary majors. Additional opportunities are available for concentrations, minors, and individualized programs.

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Each college or school will have additional information about concentrations, minors, certificates, and other programs.

Select from our nine colleges and two schools for more information:

Incoming students will be assigned an advisor to assist in the major exploration process. Professional and faculty advisors guide, serve and support students by partnering with academic departments and support services. They promote diverse educational experiences, and foster professional success and responsible citizenship. 

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Students 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.

Choose from some of our more popular special programs below: 

East Carolina’s Office of University Scholarships can provide further details on these and a wide variety of other programs.

ECU has a strong record of study abroad programs for undergraduates. For more information on options available to you and when it is best to pursue study abroad, please visit the Office of International Affairs and speak with your academic advisor.

East Carolina students have the opportunity to study abroad in nearly 70 locations. One highly sought after option is Italy Intensives, a year-round study abroad program for all students. The program allows students, including freshmen, to earn credits while making their home in the medieval walled village of Certaldo Alto, Italy.

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Learn more by visiting the Office of International Affairs

At 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 programs. Students often will be able to receive course credit for independent study projects within their major. 

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East Carolina has the resources and support to ensure your computing needs are met during your time here. We encourage you to take advantage of our many technology resources. You'll interact and engage with your professors, advisors, and classmates through Blackboard, OneStop, and Piratemail. You can purchase a computer and software from Dowdy Student Stores or visit one of the many campus computer labs on campus.

If you’re an on-campus resident or wireless user, you can safely climb aboard the ECU network which ensures that all computers are free of threats and viruses.

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From map collections dating back to the 1500s to the latest e-journals and e-books, East Carolina’s Joyner Library has a wealth of resources to serve you in your time here and librarians to help you use them. With iPads and laptops 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. 

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The Pirate Tutoring Center provides free tutoring services for ECU students, academic skills workshops, study skills coaching, and academic support to enhance student success. The mission of the center is to help ECU students through peer academic tutoring, academic success strategies, individual assessment and consultations, and outreach initiatives in order to enhance academic performance and success.

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