The Arts, Culture, and the Quality
ECU will provide world-class entertainment and powerful inspiration as we work together to sustain and improve the community’s quality of life.
The university showcases exhibits and art shows throughout the year— including the university’s Dwight M. Holland Ceramics Teaching Collection, one of the largest single collections of North Carolina pottery and contemporary ceramics. The Wellington B. Gray Gallery showcases award-winning work from students as well as masterpieces from nationally renowned artists.
The Pirates are a Conference-USA football powerhouse. The Pirates won the 2008 and 2009 conference championships, have beaten top-notch opponents such as Virginia Tech and West Virginia, and continue to draw national recognition for their talent on the field.
Each year, ECU gives tickets for a home football game to the men and women of the US Armed Forces—a small token of thanks to the people who protect the freedom of students to pursue an education and career of their choice.
The university is widely recognized for the high quality of its music and performing arts programs. The School of Music is home to the world-class Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and the Billy Taylor Jazz Festival. More than 150 public musical performances, including sacred, classical, opera, jazz, and new music, are offered by the School of Music each year in campus theaters and recital halls.
The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series has brought more than 350 outstanding performances to ECU since it started in 1962, including Yo-Yo Ma and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
A Division 1-A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), East Carolina offers 19 intercollegiate sports programs that are all affiliated with Conference USA.
A sign of its growing popularity and influence in college sports, East Carolina has expanded Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to accommodate an additional 7,000 people and boost its capacity to 50,000 fans. The expansion also includes a new, high-definition video scoreboard.