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Each year, tens of thousands of students enroll in courses at East Carolina University. Some never set foot on campus.

At ECU, distance education is leading the way for an evolving demographic of students—toward flexible online degree programs and brighter futures. ECU is the statewide leader in distance education, and programs continue to grow and evolve based on the needs of working professionals and online learners pursuing bigger opportunities. We are leaders and experts in using technology to deliver top-quality instruction.

North Carolina's Leader
in Online Education

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ECU distance education students:

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33

34% male

  • age
  • Average
    age:
  • 34

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42%

of all students were enrolled in
at least one online course in 2016,
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23


23%

were enrolled in online-only
courses.

Distance education at ECU offers you:

  • Courses that are treated exactly as they are on campus
  • The same professional faculty as in on-campus classrooms
  • Programs constantly evolving to meet your unique academic needs
  • Access to the Distance Education Student Organization, offering
    opportunities for collaboration with fellow classmates
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ECU has been a leader in distance education in North Carolina for almost 65 years.

  • The extension program, designed to provide opportunities to public-school
    teachers and other adult students, grew from 34 students in 1947 to
    more than 2,000 by 1960.

  • By 1965, ECU offered the most credit courses of any extension program
    in the state.


East Carolina University has a long history of providing educational opportunities to students away from the campus.

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1954

1954
Partnering with WNCT, the college presented the first TV course that was offered for credit in the South.

1958

1958
The first closed-circuit television class was scheduled on campus.

1993

1993
The North Carolina Adult Education Association awarded ECU the Creative and Innovative Program award. Not long after, ECU became one of the first universities in the nation to develop a master's degree for internet delivery.

globe ECU offered the first online master's degree in the nation, which led to being named by Yahoo in 1998 as the Most Wired University.

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