East Carolina University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of East Carolina University

East Carolina University is a research university (public) situated in Greenville, North Carolina. ECU has strengths in disciplines such as business, communications, education, nursing, and technology. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Student life is robust, with over 300 organizations and numerous fraternities and sororities.


  • Total Enrollment: 28,718 (23,071 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male/57% Female
  • 85% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,239 (out of state-$23,516)
  • Books: $1,432
  • Room and Board: $10,030
  • Other Expenses: $2,698
  • Total Cost: $21,399 (out of state-$37,676)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 50%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,795
    • Loans: $6,637

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields

Retention and Graduation

  • First-year Retention Rate: 81%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 25 %
  • Four-year Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Six-year Graduation Rate: 65%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • The East Carolina Pirates play in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

Overview of East Carolina University Admissions

East Carolina University has a somewhat selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students with GPAs over 3.5 and SAT composite scores over 1270, or ACT composite scores over 27, may want to consider applying early to East Carolina to be considered for the Honors College.

Admissions Data                        

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, East Carolina University had an acceptance rate of 82%.  for every 100 students who submitted applications, 82 students gained admission, making ECU’s admissions process somewhat competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 55% of admitted students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of East Carolina’s admitted students fall within the top 35% on the SAT. For the reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to ECU scored between 520 and 600, while 25% scored below 520, and 25% scored over 600. 50% of students scored between 520 and 590 on the math section, while 25% scored below 520, and 25% scored above 590. Students with a composite ACT score of 1190 or higher will have competitive chances at East Carolina University.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 44% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of East Carolina’s admitted students fall within the top 49%. The median 50% of students received a composite ACT score between 20 and 25, while 25% scored over 25, and 25% scored below 20.


In 2019, the median 50% of ECU’s class had high school GPAs between 3.10 to 3.41. 25% had a GPA of over 3.41, and 25% had a GPA below 3.10. Successful applicants have B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for East Carolina University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If East Carolina University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Easy Bay

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for East Carolina University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of Texas at San Antonio, Hampton University, Washington State University, Texas State University, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than East Carolina University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Arizona, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, University of Texas at Arlington, Pace University, University of North Texas

Applying to East Carolina University

Application Deadline: March 1

Undergraduate Admissions Website: https://admissions.ecu.edu/

Undergraduate Application Link(s): https://admissions.ecu.edu/apply/freshmen/

Graduate Admissions Website:


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