It has been observed that the sun rises a little earlier in Greenville, NC than in points west. Several hours can separate the dawn of day on this campus from those in the western part of our nation. We see in that a certain symbolism. It is a reminder of the optimistic and enthusiastic spirit that has always defined East Carolina. It is a reminder of the boundless opportunity that is available to each new generation.
Tomorrow starts here.
East Carolina represents a new choice
While East Carolina has a proud history, we see ourselves as new each day. As an emerging national research university, we offer a fresh approach. We do not rest on our laurels. We represent a new best choice for North Carolina's brightest students.
Students come first.
The student experience is paramount at East Carolina.
From freshmen to graduate level, our students are taught by experienced faculty members. We take a hands-on, personal approach to student development. It is an approach that emphasizes useful experiences that will prepare a student for the challenges of life. Learning does not end in the classroom; research is not confined to the lab. The acquisition of knowledge is not enough; it must be applied.
At East Carolina, we recognize that the overwhelming reason students attend college is to prepare for a career. We embrace this real world responsibility and seek to prepare our students to realize their dreams and aspirations through academic and student life programs.
It's more than research. It's discovery.
Our value as a research university is measured by the results we achieve. Everyday we are discovering new ways to improve the lives of citizens in the region, the state, and the nation. Our discoveries are significant, and through them, East Carolina is a growing force in the lives of people across our state and around the world.
East Carolina celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit. Our history is the story of an institution pursuing and achieving progressively higher goals. We are not content to settle for things as they are today, but see a better "tomorrow" and have committed ourselves to realizing it. We share this spirit with our students and community.
A destination and a direction.
East Carolina has always been identified with a place, a region. While ECU is a national research university with international influence, the school remains committed to "the east". While some have seen our geographic designation of "east" as a limit on the university, we chose to see the symbolic power of the word.
East is the direction of the rising sun, the direction of tomorrow.
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