East Carolina University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Jarvis Residence Hall on central campus at ECU.
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At East Carolina University, around 70 percent of applicants are admitted each year. To apply, interested students will need to submit an online application through the school's website. Additional materials include high school transcripts and scores from either the SAT or the ACT. For more information, be sure to visit the admissions web page, and feel free to contact the admissions office with any questions you have!

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • East Carolina University Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for East Carolina
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480 / 560
    • SAT Math: 490 / 570
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 20 / 24
    • ACT English: 20 / 24
    • ACT Math: 19 / 24
    • ACT Writing: - / -

East Carolina University Description:

Located in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University is the second largest university in the state. ECU has many strengths in professional fields such as business, communications, education, nursing, and technology. As the numbers below attest, East Carolina is an excellent value. North Carolina has one of the lower state tuitions in the country. Student life is bustling with over 300 organizations and numerous fraternities and sororities. In athletics, the East Carolina Pirates compete in the NCAA Division I  American Athletic Conference.

Popular sports include football, soccer, basketball, track and field, and swimming.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 28,962 (22,969 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 86% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,997 (in-state); $22,955 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,280 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,241
  • Other Expenses: $3,644
  • Total Cost: $21,162 (in-state); $37,120 (out-of-state)

East Carolina University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 75%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 47%
    • Loans: 61%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,980
    • Loans: $7,041

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Broadcast Journalism, Business Administration, Criminal Justice Studies, Elementary Education, Engineering Technologies, Family and Community Services, Industrial Technology, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology
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Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 19%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 34%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country, Baseball, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Track and Field, Golf, Soccer, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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