East Carolina University is a public research/doctoral university located in Greenville, North Carolina. The University was officially chartered in 1907 by the North Carolina General Assembly as the East Carolina Teachers Training School with former North Carolina Governor, Thomas Jordan Jarvis, who later became known as the “Father of ECU”, serving as the chairman of the school’s original Board of Trustees. Established for the original purpose of training young men and women to be teachers, today, East Carolina University is one of the largest universities in the state. East Carolina University has received multiple recognitions and accolades including being named the No. 1 “Best Bang for the Buck” among colleges and universities in the Southeast by Washington Monthly.
Academic ProgramsEast Carolina University’s mission is “to be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University”. To this end, East Carolina University utilizes “innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access” and “prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society”. East Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927.
East Carolina University is made up of several colleges and schools including the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Allied Health Sciences; the College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Engineering and Technology; the College of Fine Arts & Communication; the College of Health and Human Performance; the College of Nursing; the Honors College; the School of Dental Medicine; the Brody School of Medicine; and the Graduate School. Nearly 100 bachelor’s programs are offered as well as more than 75 master’s and over 20 research and professional doctoral degrees.
Student LifeEast Carolina University has a total enrollment figure of more than 28,000, including well over 23,000 undergraduate students. Among these, more than 25% of undergraduate students represent an ethnic minority. All unmarried freshmen students who have completed fewer than 24 hours of college credit and are under the age of twenty-one are required to live on campus in college housing for at least two semesters (though, exceptions are made for students who reside with their parents). East Carolina University’s housing is offered in three neighborhoods – College Hill, West End, and Central Campus. Multiple dining options also exist, including Todd Dining Hall, which serves the College Hill Neighborhood, and West End Dining Hall which primarily serves the Central and West End Neighborhoods.
A variety of campus recreation and wellness activities and events are offered to students, including adventure programs, intramural and club sports, fitness programs, aquatics, and many more. East Carolina University is also boasts a vibrant Greek life presence and is home to a number of student led clubs and organizations. As an NCAA Division I-A school, the University’s varsity teams, nicknamed the Pirates, compete in the American Athletic Conference.