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Visiting Student

Students attending another regionally accredited college or university may desire to attend East Carolina University for a limited period of time and then return to their original institutions. Such applicants must complete a visitor’s application and have the dean or other appropriate official at the parent institution verify that the applicant is in good academic standing and eligible to take specific ECU courses.

All Visiting Students (including schools outside the UNC system) are allowed to enroll in classes for the summer sessions, both online and face-to-face. Due to limited resources and increased demand for certain summer courses, acceptance to East Carolina University for summer enrollment does not guarantee the availability of specific classes.

All students must apply online through The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC.org) and download the form below. The form must be returned to The Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Click Here to Download a Copy of the Visiting Student Permission Form.



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 destateauth@ecu.edu.