East Carolina University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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East Carolina University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 82%. Located in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University is the third largest university in the state. ECU has strengths in professional fields such as business, communications, education, nursing, and technology. 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.

Considering applying to East Carolina University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, East Carolina University had an acceptance rate of 82%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 82 students were admitted, making ECU's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 17,499
Percent Admitted 82%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 29%

SAT Scores and Requirements

East Carolina University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 55% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 520 600
Math 520 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of East Carolina's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to ECU scored between 520 and 600, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 600. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 590, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite ACT score of 1190 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at East Carolina University.

Requirements

East Carolina does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that ECU participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

ECU requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 44% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 19 24
Math 19 24
Composite 20 25

This admissions data tells us that most of East Carolina's admitted students fall within the top 49% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to ECU received a composite ACT score between 20 and 25, while 25% scored above 25 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

East Carolina University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, ECU superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of East Carolina University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.10 to 3.41. 25% had a GPA above 3.41, and 25% had a GPA below 3.10. These results suggest that most successful applicants to ECU have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

East Carolina University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
East Carolina University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to East Carolina University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

East Carolina University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, East Carolina's admissions process is not entirely numerical. The university evaluates the rigor of your high school curriculum, not grades alone. Students with GPAs above 3.5, and SAT composite scores above 1270, or ACT composite scores above 27, may want to consider applying early to East Carolina in order to be considered for the Honors College.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1000 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 19 or higher. Applicants with higher grades and test scores have a better chance of acceptance.

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