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Applying as a Transfer Student

Transfer Criteria

Transfer Criteria

Prospective students who attended a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school should apply for admission as a transfer applicant. All applicants are expected to have earned credit equivalent to ECU's ENGL 1100 prior to enrolling at ECU. We invite anyone interested in earning a degree from ECU to submit their application. Admission is competitive based on the number of transferrable credits and cumulative GPA
      • Applicants who are 21 years and older are reviewed on the basis of their completed coursework, courses in progress, and cumulative GPA in all courses attempted. They are not required to submit high school transcripts or test scores.
      • Applicants under the age of 21 who have completed at least 24 hours of transferrable credit are reviewed on the basis of their completed coursework, courses in progress, and cumulative GPA in all courses attempted. They are not required to submit high school transcripts or test scores. 
      • Applicants under the age of 21 who have not completed 24 hours of transferrable credit are reviewed on the basis of their completed coursework, courses in progress, and cumulative GPA in all courses attempted. They will also be expected to meet NC High School Minimum Course Requirements and submit a final high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.
NOTE: Meeting the minimum admission qualifications does not guarantee admission nor does it guarantee admission into your academic program of interest. Offers of admission are extended on the basis of a competitive review process and are subject to enrollment limits. Only courses with a grade of C or higher from regionally accredited institutions are eligible to transfer and can be used to gain admission.

Application Process

Application Process

 Create an ECU Admissions Portal account. You will need an account to apply for admission and check your application status. An account also allows you to begin receiving information via email and sign up for tours and other events.

 Submit your application. A completed application for transfer admission includes:

  • An online application
  • $75 nonrefundable application fee
  • Submission of ALL official transcripts from each college, technical institute, or university attended. Official electronic transcripts from most transcript services are accepted. Otherwise, please have all official documents sent in a sealed/signed envelope.
Official documents should be emailed to transfer@ecu.edu or mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mailstop 517
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

If using FedEx or UPS, use the following address:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
106 Whichard Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

 Verify your residency (NC residents only). If you wish to claim in-state residency for tuition purposes, please make sure to complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) process at www.NCresidency.org. You will need to provide us with your Residency Certification Number (RCN) either on the application as you are applying, or later via the Admissions Portal. 
Transfer Timeline

Transfer Timeline

SemesterApplication Deadline
Registration Begins
Summer 2019April 22, 2019March 25, 2019
Fall 2019June 10, 2019March 25, 2019

Once admitted, there are several steps that must be completed in order to enroll in classes. The earlier you apply and complete the necessary steps to enroll, the more course options will be available to you. Applicants offered admission must complete the following steps to enroll in classes:

  1. Pay the enrollment deposit to secure your spot.
  2. Complete the online orientation (on-campus students only).
  3. Schedule an appointment (in-person or via phone) with an ECU Academic Advisor who will review your transcript(s), recommend appropriate coursework, and provide your registration code.
  4. Register for courses according to the date provided by your ECU Advisor. 
Transfer FAQ

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

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.

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. 

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

Students with foreign credit: All official documents must be in English. You must provide evaluation of official documents from an accredited agency. View the list of accredited agencies. All credits received from a foreign institution will be transferred as departmental electives unless you provide us with course descriptions. Course descriptions should be translated to English.

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 transfer@ecu.edu.

Get Connected: Create your ECU Admissions Portal account today.

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