Undergraduate Application Guide

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DE Undergraduate Student Application Guide

DE Undergraduate Student Application Guide

We are glad you have decided to apply to ECU. We recommend that you start early and be aware of deadlines. Have questions? Click here to contact us. To view DE/online program offerings, click here.

When completing your application be sure to mark “YES” in the field regarding “Online degree completion only". This assists us in making sure that you will receive all the information you need, as one of over 6,000 ECU students who pursue their degrees without having to come to the campus.

You can access online applications, review transfer admission requirements and deadlines at Undergraduate Admissions. Please note that admission to the university does not guarantee admission to all degree programs, many of which have additional application procedures and requirements. To visit the Undergraduate Admissions transfer page, click here.

Official transcripts and questions regarding admission should be directed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mail Stop 514
106 Whichard Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


Upon completion of your application and acceptance to the University please keep in mind the following:

We want to hear from you! The Office of Continuing Studies has a student services office designed to assist you with your educational goals. If we can be of assistance at any time, please contact us at options@ecu.edu . We look forward to working with you.

Visit www.options.ecu.edu , Online orientations and tutorials are available for distance education students by clicking DE Orientation.

Contact your advisor: Introduce yourself and discuss registration. Your academic advisor will assist you with clarifying your academic goals and deciding on the appropriate courses for which to register.   You will be assigned a registration PIN that will allow them to complete online registration. A listing of advising centers is available on the Options website (www.options.ecu.edu). Select “Current Students” from the top menu, then select the appropriate advisor list.

Health form/immunizations: Immunizations are not required of distance education students; however if you plan to take face to face courses you will need to have an up-to-date immunization on file with the ECU student health service.

On-campus orientation: Distance education students are not required to attend an on-campus orientation session, unless required by their academic department. Distance Education students also do not participate in the online (Pirate Port) orientation.

Parking permit: Distance education students do not need to purchase a parking permit.

Office of Continuing Studies
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858-4353
P: 252-328-9206
P: 1-800-398-9275

Click here for Undergraduate Admissions

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement:

All applicable ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for licensure in North Carolina.  In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina.  ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina.  Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina.  

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina:

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.

East Carolina University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally. All programs have been approved by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Many states have prescribed an “authorization” process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens.

East Carolina University has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance: by participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); obtaining authorization, approval, exemptions and waivers; or confirming that East Carolina University can operate without such authorization because the state’s laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution, or to the ECU’s activities in that state.

As of November 14, 2016, East Carolina University is approved by to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states.  States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts.   For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership.

Because authorization is an evolving area, please check this site again for the latest statement from ECU.

For questions or concerns specific to the state authorization process, contact us at destateauth@ecu.edu.

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