Scholarship, the rigorous pursuit of knowledge, is just one of the values of an East Carolina education.


Maybe you have already mapped your path, or maybe you're taking life one step at a time. Whatever your situation, East Carolina University provides you options. There is truly something here for everyone. ECU is home to more than 85 undergraduate degree programs across eight colleges that reflect the diverse interests of our student body, plus the academic support you need to make the most of your time here.

More than 5,000 faculty members and staff serve our more than 28,500 students daily inside and outside the classroom. You will learn from expert faculty in top-rated programs and enjoy small class sizes with an overall student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Degree Explorer

East Carolina University has an online tool that can help you discover more about the 175+ degrees offered at the university, including undergraduate and graduate degrees. Degree Explorer provides quick access to the following information: learn what makes a particular degree special at ECU, what courses you will study, what career opportunities this degree could unlock for you, and much more.

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We are confident that East Carolina University has the major you seek. We offer a broad range of traditional and interdisciplinary majors. Additional opportunities are available for concentrations, minors, and individualized programs.

Visit Degree Explorer to review all majors

Each college or school will have additional information about concentrations, minors, certificates, and other programs.

Select from our eight colleges and two schools for more information:

Not sure what you want to study? Check out this helpful resource, which outlines tools to help you explore career and major options.

Incoming students will be assigned an advisor to assist in the major exploration process. Professional and faculty advisors guide, serve, and support students by partnering with academic departments and support services. They promote diverse educational experiences, and foster professional success and responsible citizenship. 

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Students entering East Carolina with a strong academic record may be eligible to compete for opportunities in top programs. We offer a variety of merit scholarship funding, as well as research and study abroad opportunities, leadership and volunteer experiences, and unique and innovative seminars and colloquia.

Learn about a few of our special programs below: 

East Carolina’s Office of University Scholarships can provide further details on these and a wide variety of other programs.

At East Carolina University, our study abroad program offers students the chance to develop new perspectives, the opportunity to grow both personally and academically, and the chance to develop valuable career skills that make them even more marketable after graduation. 

Learn more by visiting the Pirates Abroad website

Read about some of our recent world travelers

At ECU, we believe that a well-educated student should have access to quality undergraduate research and creative opportunities within any field of study. These opportunities will enhance students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. In addition, undergraduate research is an excellent way to give students hands-on experience as scholars in preparation for graduate programs. Students often will be able to receive course credit for independent study projects within their major. 

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East Carolina has the resources and support to ensure your computing needs are met during your time here. We encourage you to take advantage of our many technology resources. You'll interact and engage with your professors, advisors, and classmates through Blackboard, Pirate Port, and ECU Office 365 email. You can purchase a computer and software from Dowdy Student Stores or visit one of the many computer labs on campus.

If you’re an on-campus resident or wireless user, you can safely climb aboard the ECU network which ensures that all computers are free of threats and viruses.

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From map collections dating back to the 1500s to the latest e-journals and e-books, East Carolina’s Joyner Library has a wealth of resources to serve you in your time here and librarians to help you use them. With iPads and laptops available for checkout, comfortable work spaces, and group study rooms available for reserve—as well as more than 1.3 million volumes and wide-ranging collections of manuscripts, maps, and oral histories—Joyner is the central hub of all things academic on campus. 

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The Pirate Academic Success Center provides free tutoring services for ECU students, academic skills workshops, study skills coaching, and academic mentoring to enhance student success. The mission of the center is to help ECU students through peer academic tutoring, academic success strategies, individual assessment and consultations, and outreach initiatives in order to promote retention, meeting academic requirements, and timely graduation.

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