East Carolina University
Greenville, NC, USA

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East Carolina University
3.86 Average Rating

Dale from Sanford, NC

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There are a lot of things to learn on this campus. Knowing that there are many different people and cultures, learning new things daily is what there is to look forward to.
Am enjoying being here
I LOVE being at ECU. There are many things to do at this school and the people there make the experience even better. The teachers are even cool to talk to.
Bang for the buck
I definitely get the bang for my buck. There are many organizations on campus to join and there are always programs for a person to go to. You can even start your own organization if you can't find what you are looking for.
Tips for prospective students
Remember that your high school study habits don't work here or anywhere for that matter. Also it is okay to have a little fun but just keep in mind what you are going to school for and keep the dream in sight. There will always be a party, but you don't always have to be there for your name to be known. STUDY FIRST PARTY LATER!!!
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students with open minds, and students that have a general interest in education, nursing, business, music, theater, and medicine. That is just a short few, but the list goes on. Find what you are looking for and I am pretty sure ECU has it to offer!
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Jana from Charlotte, NC

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
This school challenges one academically as well as socially. It allows one to branch out and find new groups of friends through constant activities held on and off campus. If you have the desire to make life long connections as well as learn information about your intended career that will last a life time, then this is the school for you.
Tips for prospective students
The school is not going to be like high school, it is easy to lose track of what the goal is for many students spend time partying and spending a majority of time with friends, but the key is not to lose track of the reason that you are at the school.
Academic Rigor
The professors at this school give out work that can be time consuming and that can take HOURS to complete and it is up to you as a student to make time for your assignments. Fortunately, a multitude of assignments are given out with the syllabus and students will know about them the entire semester. The work is not necessarily difficult, but it will take time out of your day.
Dorm Life
Almost everyone in the dorms are friendly and welcome to adding new people to their cliques. The RA's keep bulletin boards that are constantly feeding their mentees with opportunities around campus. There are also activities within the dorms such as ice cream socials, movie nights, and pageants. The following activities are also ways to meet new people and make new friends.
Food and Dining
The dining halls are AMAZING, for they have an omelet station that stays open all day, a sandwich and wrap station that are made to order, and a pasta station where you can make pasta with your favorite meats, cheeses, and sauces. Although the dining hall serves delicious foods, students constantly get tired of eating those foods, therefore they can visit areas around campus such as Chick-Fil-A or Chilli's to clench their hunger.
What to do for fun
There is always something to do on campus ranging from making a mug to attending or competing in a fashion show. Campus is never boring.
Clubs and Activities
At the beginning of the year every club meets in the mall in order to give information out to the incoming freshmen and anyone else who is interested about their clubs. Though clubs are constantly meeting and being made, it is never too late to join a club, for they are always welcoming. Clubs are also a way to make friends that have interests that are relatable to yours.
Greek Life
There are a multitude of sororities and fraternities and they are a way to gain connection to future jobs. Everyone is encouraged to pledge the fraternities or sororities, for they are an easy way to life long friends. Emails are sent out at the beginning of each year to notify each class when rush week is going to come in affect.
Campus Safety
The campus contains Emergency Blue Light towers which act as a telephone in the case of an emergency. The blue lights are able to be seen from every location on campus and if by chance you are being chased, if you run and press the blue lights on the way, the police can pin point the exact location that you are going to. Powerful people around campus also are always encouraging you to use the buddy system during all times of the day, as well.
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Kristyn from Holly Springs, NC

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
East Carolina is one of the best universities in North Carolina! It's a hidden gem! It has so much to offer! You will never be bored here and you will find the classes challenging and rewarding!
Tips for prospective students
It is important to get involved as much as possible! Join clubs- the Greek Life at ECU has a lot to offer. Also, join the Student Pirate Club, which is the largest student booster organization in the nation. There is no better place to sit and watch a football game than in the Boneyard! Make sure that you go to class and meet your professors.
Academic Rigor
The classes are challenging and you get out what you put into your studies! The most important thing to remember is that you must go to class. You cannot learn from your dorm room. If you are struggling with any courses use the free on campus tutoring service. There is also a Pirate to Pirate mentoring program for freshman. There are many services on the campus that are there to help you be successful.
Dorm Life
The dorm life is not the best but not the worst either. It depends on where you want to live. West End is probably the most convenient to everything. Central Campus is closest to classes. College Hill is closest to the stadium, so if you are planning on being in the band or color guard, that would be the best place for you. They are building a new dorm on the hill that will open fall of 2015.
Food and Dining
The food is not bad. ECU has two dining halls: one on the hill and the other in West End. Fried Chicken Wednesdays are the best! There are also many other eating places throughout campus where you can use your meal plan. One nice thing about ECU's meal plan is that you can use it as often as you like because it is unlimited. You don't just get 3 meals a day. You can visit the dining hall all day if you want. ECU has 2 different plans- Purple and Gold plan.
What to do for fun
Anything you want to do, East Carolina University has it! ECU is proud of its traditions and its spirit is just amazing! Also, the atmosphere around campus is vibrant, especially on home football game weekends. ECU has numerous clubs so anything you want to d you can find.
Bang for the buck
East Carolina University is one of the best universities in North Carolina! It's a hidden gem! It is the only university in North Carolina that offers medicine, engineering, business, which was named one of the best business schools in the nation for the eighth year, dental medicine, nursing, fine arts, applied sciences, education, and has a variety of course offerings! ECU offers over 100 Bachelor degree programs, 88 master's degrees, 24 doctoral programs, and 64 certificate programs.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Sup Dogs is a great restaurant where many students hang out, especially on a warm day when you can hang out on the deck. It is a favorite among students!
Great for these types of students
It is a great place for any student! When you walk around campus you will find all different types of people. It is definitely not a cookie cutter type of campus! ECU has numerous ways to get involved! There are so many clubs and different activities going on any given day that you will find something that interest you. If you love traditions and spirit, especially football then this is the place for you.
Clubs and Activities
ECU has numerous ways to get involved! There are so many clubs and different activities going on any given day that you will find something that interest you. Greek life is very strong on the campus.
Greek Life
Greek Life is a great way to be actively involved on campus. Students involved in Greek Life have higher GPA's and retention rates than non-Greeks. It provides you opportunities in leadership, volunteering, being part of a group and philanthropy activities. I highly recommend giving Greek Life a try!
Campus Safety
The campus is pretty safe. You need to be aware of your surroundings and always walk in groups. ECU has safety measures put in place to keep students safe, but you have to use common sense as well, especially walking a t night!
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Madeline from Richmond, VA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
East Carolina has a beautiful campus. There is so much to do and plenty of time to do it. The community is extremely close and there is always something fun going on.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved! In order to get a full feel of college life you will need to involve yourself in anything. A sport, a fraternity, a club, anything! They are easy way to make friends and to contribute to the college community.
Academic Rigor
A lot of the classes require a lot of attention. I have homework almost every night, but you have plenty of time to complete it all. Make sure to challenge yourself when choosing classes.
Dorm Life
When first moving into dorms, make sure to talk to your neighbors! That's the easiest way to make friends because everyone is in the same situation as you as freshman, and they're probably just as nervous as you are. Prepare to enjoy all your freedom but don't enjoy it too much!
Food and Dining
There are plenty of places to eat! From the dining hall which is all-you-can-eat, to Subway, to Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels and plenty of other close proximity off campus restaurants, you will never go hungry.
What to do for fun
Pirate football is an important part of ECU life. Attending the games are crucial. This school has amazing spirit and seeing everyone in all purple is a beautiful sight. Go to the tailgates! There are always things going on like block parties, and carnivals with free food. The gym is open long hours and going there will help you feel productive and relieve stress. During the week, Downtown is the place to go. There are a bunch of clubs near each other to enjoy. On the quad, you'll always catch people playing sports. hanging in a hammock, or just straight chillin'.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The Joyner library has a row of columns that when people walk between, it makes music. During the busier parts of the day, you'll hear a symphony. There's also a clock and at midnight a jester comes out and it is probably the scariest thing you'll ever see.
Great for these types of students
If you like big schools with a small feel, come to ECU! The campus is small and all of the buildings are close together, but there's close to 30,000 students!
Clubs and Activities
If you know you want to join a sorority/fraternity or that you want to play sports, this is your school. Being in a fraternity is very common and all of them are prestigious. There are many club sports to choose from so if you don't want to play for the actual team, try club sports or intramural sports!
Greek Life
A lot of people end up rushing and they love it. The sororities and fraternities here are all very prestigious and the majority of people join them. They have amazing parties and always throw charity events.
Campus Safety
There are buttons all around campus to press if you feel endangered. The campus is in a good area where there is little to no crime and you should feel safe.
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Purple and Gold, Greenville NC

a current student here
45 people found this review useful
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Bang for the buck
Out of state tuition is gruesome in this economy! But there is truly no where I'd rather be than an ECU pirate!
Tips for prospective students
Have an open mind, join as many on campus clubs and activities as you can. Becoming a pirate is a process! After you experience your first ECU football game you will officially bleed purple and gold. Being friendly in the dorms is a must-being social in college is almost just as important as that 4.0.
Great for these types of students
Students looking for a gorgeous campus with friendly faces. The weather is beautiful, pirate pride is almost palpable in Greenville, and the large style campus makes you feel like you are apart of something bigger without feeling lost. Perfect for every student, looking for a bustling social scene or even a trip straight to academia.
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Stephanie from Monroe, NC

a current student here
32 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Even though the classes are much more intense than I thought, the professors here make sure you understand what your learning!
Am enjoying being here
The campus is soo beautiful, and the overall people are really down to earth.
Bang for the buck
It is not as expensive as Chapel Hill or Wake Forest, but with all the transportation to anywhere on campus, and the free movies, it is so worth going to a four year college.
Tips for prospective students
If your a Biology major, GOOD LUCK! It is a hard major especially the A&P classes! However, ECU is growing into more and more medical fields and also has a number 1 Criminal Justice program. Also, beware on Halloween, because they close some streets down and it is like a major party that everyone goes out in the streets with their horrifying costumes and police are everywhere!
One more thing: DO NOT BUY YOUR BOOKS ON CAMPUS!! They are a rip off. I recommend buying off ebay, Chegg.com, amazon or any other book stores online because you can get them so much cheaper and then sell them back to ECU.
Great for these types of students
If your going into the medical field choose ECU. Such as Biology, Chemistry, Forensics majors are very intense but well worth it!
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Brandon from Greenville, NC

a current student here
22 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Since enrolling at East Carolina University, I have learned what it means to merge and accept other peoples opinions and different points of view on religion, politics, humanity, etc. I have also learned and educated myself so much, and have finally began to see my education and degree paying off through my job, and how I speak educated than how I did before I came to ECU.
Am enjoying being here
I love waking up in my apartment everyday knowing that I am a pirate. I bleed purple and gold! I have LOVED ECU since stepping on campus in August of 2008, and have made and met unforgettable friendships that will definitely last a lifetime. The atmosphere is amazing, the town locals are VERY kind, and the attitude of success here at East Carolina is alive, as each and every student knows just what it means to study hard, and excel in the classroom!
Bang for the buck
East Carolina has a fairly reasonable price for students who wish to go to school here. Yes, we are in a horrible situation with the economy and the way that it is, but East Carolina has gone beyond to do what they should do to help me out in time of need with my family, and how they have a GREAT financial plan to ensure that you get a good education and make sure your time here in Pirate Nation is enjoyable and stress free!
Tips for prospective students
My tips for prospective students are simple. First tip, come to school knowing you want to succeed and have a great education. You have to come here and study hard, and live a stress free lifestyle. Yes, school can be VERY stressful at times, but remember; only you are in control of your destiny and future endeavors. Second tip, go to your professors’ office for help. Most of my success here at East Carolina has solely been going to my professors’ office and asking them for help. In fact, the number one tip that I learned before I came to college was learning that professors enjoy seeing their students, and are very impressed that their student is actually taking the time to learn and come to their office to have a successful semester in their class. Third tip, HAVE FUN! Get out and enjoy the life of being a pirate through awesome advanced screening movies on campus, mingling with other pirates downtown on weekend nights, cheering and being loud for the back-to-back Conference USA pirates at one of the loudest football stadiums in North Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, or enjoying a delicious midnight breakfast meal before exams begin!!
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students who are very interested in the medical fields, and its school of nursing. Those who are wishing to be Dentists in their career, there is a solid school of dentistry starting in the near future. Yes I am a Geography Major, which has a very succesful graduation rate for their majors, but East Carolina has a broad selection of degrees to ensure that you will be successful in your future career. East Carolina believes in Service, and that is what should be the total decisive factor in coming to an institution such as ECU.
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Olivia

a current student here
11 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
East Carolina is a good school espicially if you enjot learning. Many classes are offered and are very interesting. You must study if you want to do well. Grades here are not handed out ( like most schools.) Teachers do expect a lot from you, however, if you do your work, you'll be good.
Am enjoying being here
ECU is a wonderful environment. Purple and Gold pride is everywhere. The town is proud of their pirates and the pirates are proud of their town.
Bang for the buck
Of course college is expensive, and espicially in these hard economic times, however, East Carolina is one of the cheaper schools in the eastern Carolina area.
Tips for prospective students
Don't party all the time. You are paying for the school, so don't waste your money. Also attend professors extra instruction. Extra instruction is usually a key word for going over the exam from last year, which usually doesn't change too much from year to year.
Great for these types of students
Nursing students and education majors are at a great advantage here at East Carolina. East Carolina is notorious for nursing and is very well known to be a nursing school.
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Stephanie from Asheboro, NC

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
east carolina university is a great university with great professors as well. everyone here is committed to receiving and giving the best education possible. everyone here at ecu is more than proud to be a pirate!!
Tips for prospective students
study hard, don't take more hours than you think you can handle, be careful, balance social and school, go to class
Academic Rigor
the academics here at ecu are more challenging that people give credit. it is not a school that anyone can pass and they do a really good job at challenging the students.
Dorm Life
the dorms here are all decently nice. although i am excited to move into an apartment next year, i feel that dorm life is an experience that everyone should have. the ras here are very laid back and are only on your case if you are disruptive.
Food and Dining
the places to eat on campus are all very good with the exception of the dining halls. both dining halls do have their lucky nights where the food isn't that bad but that is a rare occasion.
What to do for fun
for fun my friends like to go out to frat parties or go downtown to the clubs.
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Tyree' from Greenville, NC

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
East Carolina University is very heavy on the academics. The professors here are kind and really wants you to succeed. They allow students to come to their office hours anytime you are struggling, and would even offer to stay after! If that doesn't help, East Carolina University has eager tutors yearning to aid you in the infamous Joyner Library. Learning here is synonymous with the time that you put in your studies. You can do it!
Am enjoying being here
East Carolina University should win an award for being the friendliest campus on the land! You will be surrounded by positive energy and love. And if you don't like sports, you will by the time you go to your very first football game! Your ears will be drowned with purple and gold chants as we all come together for the greater cause; to win! With this beautiful campus filled with over 28,000 students you will find yourself closer to everyone than you'd expect.
Bang for the buck
Although this is a time of great struggle for our economy, you will not find a better place to receive a proper education. Here at East Carolina University, they do not give you just enough knowledge to get a job, but rather to create them. Your money will be well spent.
Tips for prospective students
For prospective students my advice is to be responsible for yourself actions. Although East Carolina University is filled with things to do, you must learn to separate fun from when it is time to get work done. Try not to get caught up in the wonderful activities so that you can stay focused on your grades. Also, always walk in groups at night to avoid issues of crime.
Great for these types of students
East Carolina University is great for any type of student. Its diversity is so vast that you will always find other students with interests similar to your own. No matter who you are or where you come from, we will all welcome you with open arms! However, with East Carolina known for putting academics above all, it would be amazing for any students who are serious about their future successes.
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