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Welcome to Parent & Family Programs!

Parent and Family Programs is the office that supports you, as parents and family members of an East Carolina University student.You play an important role at ECU and we believe that the more you know about the university, the more you can contribute to your student's success here, and we want to be your partner in your child's education.

This web page is here to assist you with finding answers to your questions. If you can't find what you are looking for here, please contact the Parent and Family Programs Office by calling the toll free Parents Help Line at 1-866-552-3957 or by emailing us at parents@ecu.eduWe will answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can.

Parent and Family Programs will respond to your needs and inquiries promptly. We provide personalized help to find solutions to problems, and help you navigate through your family's college experience. 

We also have a Facebook Page for you to connect with other ECU families to receive invaluable information and advice from other parents and families who have "been there/done that". You can request to be placed on our Parents E-mail List to receive the latest ECU information, newsletters, deadline date reminders, and other news you can use. Just e-mail us at parents@ecu.ecu to be placed on the list today!

Pirate Parents Live - Transitions

Parents and families are invited to join us on Facebook Live for an interactive presentation on February 1 at noon. In just a short time, your student will begin preparing for summer break. For many that includes, summer jobs and internships, study abroad, and transitioning into a new living situation. For our seniors, it means life beyond ECU. Join ECU Career Services, Off-Campus Student Services, and Global Affairs as they discuss future opportunities and answer your questions on Facebook Live.

Register here for a friendly reminder!

Pirate Parents Live

Family of the Year

We are happy to recognize supportive ECU families. The Family of the Year award is intended to celebrate the role parents and families play in the lives of students and the university community.

Recipients will receive:

  • complimentary tickets to all events during Family Weekend 2018 (Date TBA)
  • tickets to and scoreboard recognition at the Family Weekend football game
  • family will be featured on field during the game as they raise the "No Quarter" flag
  • $500 book voucher to Dowdy Student Stores for the student
  • commemorative plaque presented during the Parents Council Meeting

To nominate your family, or another worthy family, click HERE.

Family of the Year

Join the Parents Association Today!

Parents Association pack 2016-17

Parents Association Members receive:

Pirate Parent e-newsletter, parent hotline and email assistance, parent calendar, parent tote*, parent tumbler**.

Parents Association Membership is through a $60.00 gift to the Parents Fund. Membership is per household mailing address. Four-year memberships are available for a $150.00 gift to the Parents Fund.

Annual members or members with more than one ECU student can renew their membership with an additional Annual Membership. 

*Parent tote available at new student orientation and family weekend only **parent tumbler for four year memberships only.

What's Going on This Week for Students?

Pirate 411

Want to know about activities available for your student this week- check out the website for the Pirate 411.  A weekly email to students updating them on campus news and activities.

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ECU Cares

ECU Cares is an anonymous way students, staff, faculty members and others can immediately seek help or report concerning behavior. It connects the university community directly with campus resources for a wide variety of support services. The ECU Cares hotline is 252-737-5555 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional information and online reporting may be found on the

Sign Up for Our E-mail List!

Looking to receive our monthly newsletter as well as many other important messages from the university?  E-mail with your e-mail address and your student's class year.