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Honors College Programs

EC Scholars

The EC Scholars award is the most prestigious scholarship offered at East Carolina University, and we challenge you to join us in an academic experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

To attract the most intellectually talented students to East Carolina University, the EC Scholars Program was established in 1998. The scholarship offers challenging learning experiences to a highly academically gifted, select group of East Carolina University undergraduates.

The EC Scholars Program provides students with rigorous coursework, research opportunities with faculty members across campus, and a required Study Abroad experience. EC Scholars live and learn in a collegial residence environment, and participate in leadership and community engagement opportunities in eastern North Carolina and beyond.

Students who are selected as EC Scholar finalists and invited to Selection Sunday are also eligible for discipline-based scholarships in the following areas: business, humanities, music, nursing, and social science. 

EC Scholars are among the university’s most valued investments as they embody academic excellence and leadership, a way of life that is at the heart of East Carolina

Early Assurance Programs

The Honors College proudly offers five Early Assurance programs. These programs are directed at prospective students who are interested in graduate programs in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or audiology following the completion of their undergraduate degrees. Students are guaranteed entry into each respective program upon completion of their undergraduate degree provided they satisfy requirements.

Graduate Priority Admission

At the discretion of Individual graduate programs, priority admissions strategies may be developed for Honors College students. Toward the end of their freshman, sophomore, or junior years, Honors College students may be invited to apply for priority admission to graduate programs at ECU at the master’s level. Upon application to a specific graduate program, graduate program directors will review and consider them for priority admission based on the student’s desired semester of graduate enrollment.

For students who receive an offer of a full-time graduate assistantship, the Graduate School will earmark and hold in reserve a Graduate Scholar Award for the student in the amount of $4,000 per year for a total of two years of study.  The student’s admission request would indicate the proposed date for starting the graduate program and identify the individual graduate program for admission. 

The Graduate School will approve a waiver of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or other standardized admission exam and application fee for honors students who apply for priority admission to master’s degree programs.  Students accepted for priority admission must maintain good standing in the Honors College with a GPA 3.3 (Honors College student) and must graduate in good standing in the Honors College.

Benefits of Priority Admission: Graduate program directors and faculty will work with honors students to help them identify scholarly research/creative activity projects and themes to deliver research training that will help the students get a head start on research that may apply to their master’s degree.    

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