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Apply to Project STEPP


Please note: This application is for students who are interested in entering East Carolina University through Project STEPP. Students interested in general ECU application information, programs, and resources should visit the university's homepage.

We strongly recommend reading the Frequently Asked Questions page before starting your application. Also, check out these helpful tips for Project STEPP applicants.

Applications for the 2015 Cohort

The application deadline for the 2015 cohort of Project STEPP is May 15, 2014. Please note that this is a postmark deadline; all materials that are postmarked by May 15th will be considered on time, even if they do not physically arrive at our office until after that date. Emailed materials with a timestamp up to 11:59 PM on May 15th will also be considered on time.

To determine which version of the Project STEPP application you should use, please locate the applicable category for yourself below:

  • If you are currently a high school junior, and your anticipated high school graduation date is in 2015 - complete the Freshman Application.
  • If you are currently a high school senior, and your anticipated high school graduation date is in 2014 - complete the Freshman Application.
    * In addition, please address the following prompt in your essay/writing sample: Describe your plans/goals for the "gap year" between your high school graduation and your intended entry date at ECU.
  • If you are currently attending another college or university - complete the Transfer Application.
  • If you have recently (within the past 2 years) attended another college or university but are no longer enrolled - complete the Transfer Application..
    * In addition, please address the following prompt in your essay/writing sample: Describe your activities (e.g., employment, volunteering, traveling, etc.) since leaving school and your plans/goals for the upcoming year before your intended entry date at ECU.
    * In addition, if you have been employed since leaving school, please submit a letter of reference from at least one individual who has supervised your work during that time.
  • If you graduated from high school within the past year and have not attended any other college or university - complete the Freshman Application.
    * In addition, please address the following prompt in your essay/writing sample: Describe your activities (e.g., employment, volunteering, traveling, etc.) since leaving school and your plans/goals for the upcoming year before your entry date at ECU.
    * In addition, if you have been employed since leaving school, please submit a letter of reference from at least one individual who has supervised your work during that time.
  • If you graduated from high school more than 1 year ago and have not attended any other college or university - contact us to find out what which application materials to submit.
  • If your situation is not covered by any of these categories, please contact us to find out which application materials to submit.

Applications for the 2014 Cohort

The application deadline for the 2014 cohort of Project STEPP was May 15, 2013. During the summer of 2013, we selected the 2014 cohort and established a waiting list. That waiting list will expire on May 1, 2014, at which time the cohort will be finalized. At that point, we will no longer be able to make any changes to the cohort roster. Interested students may still submit a late application for the 2014 waiting list between now and May 1st, but are encouraged to consider applying for the 2015 cohort instead and to actively pursue other options for the 2014-2015 school year.

Applications for Other Cohorts

Applications for the 2016 cohort of Project STEPP will be posted on our website in January 2015, and the application deadline will be May 15, 2015. Please be sure to wait until the new materials are posted to begin filling out your application, as the forms do change from year to year.

Students who intend to apply for the 2016 cohort are encouraged to begin preparing now:

  • Register to take the SAT and/or ACT before April 2015 to ensure that you will have scores available by the application deadline. If you are requesting an accommodated test session, we highly recommend submitting your request to the testing service as early as possible.
  • Review your most recent psychoeducational evaluation report to ensure it meets ECU's criteria for documentation of a specific learning disability. (You can view the criteria on the DSS website.) Arrange for updated testing if needed.
  • Learn more about ECU and Project STEPP. Visiting the campus may help you decide whether applying to Project STEPP is the right choice for you. You can attend an Open House (offered in November and April) or schedule an individual meeting. If you can't make it to campus, explore the ECU and Project STEPP websites and call or email us with any questions.
  • Work towards meeting all of ECU's minimum admission requirements. Although Project STEPP has some flexibility in our alternate admissions criteria, students who fall short of those requirements in multiple areas or who are significantly below standards in a requirement are generally less competitive candidates.
  • Start thinking about whom you will ask for teacher recommendations. You need two recommendations from core academic teachers (math, science, English, foreign language, social studies). You can also send in extra recommendations from other teachers, as well as coaches, employers, tutors, etc.

Please contact Emily Johnson if you have any questions about the program or the application process.

News and Events

Applications Posted for 2014 Cohort

Applications for the 2014 cohort of Project STEPP have been posted. Completed application packets must be postmarked by May 15, 2013 to be considered on time. Click here for details about the application process.


Applications Posted for 2014 Cohort

Applications for the 2014 cohort of Project STEPP have been posted. Completed application packets must be postmarked by May 15, 2013 to be considered on time. Click here for details about the application process.


Applications Posted for 2014 Cohort

Applications for the 2014 cohort of Project STEPP have been posted. Completed application packets must be postmarked by May 15, 2013 to be considered on time. Click here for details about the application process.


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