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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 4-Year Public

About East Carolina University

East Carolina University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Greenville, NC

Founded in 1907, East Carolina University currently enrolls around 28,798 students a year, including 23,056 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

East Carolina University's endowment was valued at $212,226,021 in 2021. For each full-time student, East Carolina University spends about $11,977.

Admissions Facts About East Carolina University

Acceptance rate: 88%

Average GPA: 3.33

Mean ACT score: 21

Mean SAT score: 1088

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: March 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: August 1

What's the acceptance rate at East Carolina University in 2021?

East Carolina University is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. East Carolina University accepts around 88 percent of applicants each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.33 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into East Carolina University is 1088. The mean ACT scores is 21.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is East Carolina University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at East Carolina University, around 84 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 4,180 students who started at East Carolina University as first-time freshman, 1,746 graduate within four years.

East Carolina University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 66 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $35,110 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does East Carolina University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is East Carolina University a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from East Carolina University by August 1.

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College Info

East 5th Street Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Campus Setting: Urban

East Carolina University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to East Carolina University is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to East Carolina University is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

East Carolina University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above


19 to 24


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to East Carolina University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into East Carolina University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

East Carolina University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1180


Math SAT Range

510 - 590


Reading SAT Range

520 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


1030 to 1180


1030 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for East Carolina University students is 1110. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to East Carolina University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1030 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1030 have a low chance of being offered a spot at East Carolina University.

East Carolina University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at East Carolina University is like? There are approximately 28,651 students enrolled at East Carolina University, including 23,081 undergraduate students and 5,570 graduate students. 83% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from NC and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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