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Welcome to the Honors College at East Carolina University
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The mission of the Honors College at East Carolina University is to prepare tomorrow's leaders through the recruitment, engagement, and retention of exceptionally talented students of character in a diverse intellectual living-learning community and to challenge them to attain high levels of academic achievement.

Have questions about Selection Sunday or Honors College Preview Day? The documents below may have the answers:

Review our prospective student information sheet to learn more about the outstanding opportunities and programs in the Honors College at East Carolina University.

5 Blog Posts All Prospective Honors Students Should Read

By: Erika Dietrick, Undergraduate Director of Marketing and Communications

As you prepare to join us in Pirate Nation, you likely still have questions about the Honors College experience and life at ECU. Below, we have included links to blog entries written by current Honors College students to help you navigate this momentous occasion.

Grateful for Gateway: the Honors Student Perspectivegateway-5

Housing many of ECU’s living-learning communities, the newly constructed residence hall  complex boasts a number of amenities, including a computer lab, music practice rooms, a beach volleyball court and basketball facilities. Read what Honors College freshmen and upperclassmen are saying about their brand new home! (Photo by Patrick Fay)



One Month Down, A Lifetime of Pirate Pride to Go

Moving away to college is a huge transition, but it doesn’t need to be stressful! Read how the Honors College community helps freshmen make a smooth transition into college life on ECU’s campus.



app-trail-300x225What is an Honors College Seminar, Anyway?

All Honors College students are required to take two interdisciplinary honors seminars while at ECU, but what do these seminars entail? This video explains the purpose, flexibility, and outcomes of our most popular courses!


Greenville to Barcelona and Backzoe-1

The Honors College encourages study abroad experiences related to one’s interest in order to grow both personally and professionally. Learn how EC Scholar and Honors College student Zoe Hinton combined her passions for medicine, Spanish, and travel to create the ultimate immersive experience in Spain.



EC Scholars help raise nearly $70,000 for ecscholarCharleston library

Servire or “to serve” is the motto of East Carolina University and a major component of the ECU Honors College. Countless community partnerships and opportunities both locally and globally allow Honors College students to truly make an impact as leaders.

One Blog, Countless Opportunities: ECU Honors Research Connections

By: Ashley Wilford, Undergraduate Coordinator of Academics 

16879886250_cbb2b74005_o-275x275Did you know there are dozens of ECU faculty seeking Honors College students to assist them as undergraduate researchers? Are you looking for internship, on-campus research, or scholarship opportunities? Finding and securing these opportunities used to be a challenge…that is, until the Honors College launched its new blog ECU Honors Research Connections. Follow the link to see our latest posts or narrow down opportunities specific to your interests by choosing between department categories or using the search tool.

Check out our latest posts featuring openings to work with ECU faculty:

Partnering User Experience Design With Higher Education

Protein Effect on Germline Stem Cells

3D Printing / Advanced Manufacturing and Renewable Energy

EC Scholar Lily Faulconer Crowned Miss Kinston

By: Erika Dietrick, Undergraduate Director of Marketing and Communications

lilyPolitical science major and sophomore EC Scholar Lily Faulconer will be representing Kinston-Lenoir county in 2016 after being named Miss Kinston on Saturday. The prized title came with a $1,000 scholarship, an award that Lily will cherish when she pursues a career an environmental law upon graduation. In June, she will have the honor of representing the region in this year’s Miss North Carolina pageant! You can read the full story on the details of her crowning here.

Congratulations to Lily on this momentous accomplishment! We are confident this is only the beginning of her achievements as a scholar and community leader and are proud to have witnessed all that she has accomplished so far.

Photo: EC Scholar Austin Phillips (right) and sister Lauren (left) attend the Miss Kinston-Lenoir county crowning to support Lily (center).