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Unique Engineering Education

At East Carolina University, we provide a 21st-century engineering education focused on student success.

Collaborative learning

The foundation of student success is collaborative learning. Beginning with the first semester, students start with the ECU Engineering Learning Community. Freshman students live in a residential setting, study together, and develop friendships through teamwork, collaboration, and group problem solving. This focus on collaborative learning enhances growth and success.

Activity-based learning

Many engineering programs focus on theory with very little hands-on practice. ECU engineering focuses on learning engineering in the context of projects and hands-on activities. ECU engineers are given their first projects as freshmen. Our engineers build on this experience with increasingly demanding projects as they develop engineering expertise. This emphasis on real-world experience culminates in the senior design projects in which students demonstrate skills equivalent to practicing engineers.

Project management and team skills

While technical skills are the foundation for engineering, ECU also develops essential career skills in project management, entrepreneurship, and teamwork. Our graduates know when it is time to lead and follow. As a result, ECU engineering graduates are recruited by employers for their ability to make a difference and contribute to business success.

Focus on undergraduate excellence

Beginning with the first semester of freshman year, students develop close relationships with engineering faculty. Every ECU engineering faculty member is dedicated to the excellence of our program and the success of our students. All classes and labs are taught by faculty, not graduate students.