The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of 29 units with over 260 employees. Student Affairs actively supports the University's missions of education, research, and service by providing comprehensive programs and services to assist each student in developing intellectually, socially, morally, physically, personally, and culturally. The Division anticipates students' developmental needs throughout their collegiate experience and promotes that development by fostering a community of learning. From Campus Recreation and Wellness to Livitng Learning Communities, Student Affairs offers a broad range of support services, activities, and programs that seek to enhance the learning environment, optimize the student experience, and accommodate the diverse needs of all students. Moreover, the Division seeks to contribute to the development of the whole individual by fostering in each student a deeper appreciation of the importance of life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity.
Each fall, we have more than 5,500 new first-year and transfer students entering East Carolina University. Our students come from more diverse cultures, backgrounds and life experiences than ever before. Indeed, one of the few constants in higher education is change. And how our campus adapts and grows with our students can significantly impact their path to student success.
ECU’s Polar Bear Plunge started nearly 20 years ago with just 35 jumpers hitting the water, but has grown over the years to more than 1,100 jumpers and is now a campus-wide tradition. Some students jumped the first year and vowed to come back each year until they graduate.
Erica Lee made that same vow as a freshman in 2009 and has stuck to her word.