East Carolina University

East Carolina University

ECU Overview

East Carolina University is a research doctoral intensive institution and the third largest of the 53 private and public four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina. It offers 203 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its professional schools and colleges. Degree programs include medicine, dentistry, and the Ph.D. Enrollment is 26,887 students (2013) who hail from 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, from 47 of 50 states and from many foreign countries. The faculty and staff number 5,564 (2013 FTE).

The University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and public service. This total dimension of the University mission embodies a direct interaction with the community, business, industry, and government which strengthens the educational experience of the student and enriches the knowledge and skills of the faculty.


Chancellor Steven Ballard
(252) 328-6212

Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

The Harriott College is the largest academic unit at ECU with nearly 15,000 students and 500 faculty members.  The college offers 39 undergraduate degrees, 18 masters degrees, 3 doctoral degrees, 20 pre- and post-baccalaureate specialized certificates, and 14 minors through its 15 departments and 16 interdisciplinary programs.  The three divisions of the college – the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics — provide students the opportunities to become fully engaged in such fields as chemistry, biology, English (technical and professional communication), history (maritime history and nautical archaeology), public administration, geology, physics, and industrial/organizational psychology.

College of Business

The College of Business consists of five departments (Accounting, Management Information Systems, Finance, Management, and Marketing and Supply Chain Management). It offers the BSBA degree, MS in Accounting degree, and MBA degree. Academic Programs are nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The College has 127 faculty, 3067 undergraduate students, and 797 graduate students (2013). Outreach programs include the Office of Professional Programs which offers various education programs, lectures, and certification/continuing education courses to students, the business community, and the general public. Another program sponsored by the College of Business is the Small Business Institute which provides specialized, on-site management assistance to small business owners while providing senior level and graduate business students with valuable practical experience.

College of Education

The College of Education is among the strongest and most diversified education training centers in the South. Its excellence is especially deep rooted since East Carolina University was founded as a teacher training institution in 1907. The College offers 11 undergraduate degrees, 22 graduate degrees, 10 programs for advanced certification, the EdS program in education administration and supervision, and the EdD program in educational leadership through its seven academic departments: 1) educational leadership; 2) elementary and middle grades education; 3) higher, adult, and counselor education;  4) information and library science; 5) literacy studies, english, and history education; 6) mathematics, science, and instructional technology education; and 7) special education, foundations, and research.

The College of Education also administers Teacher Education, the Office of Clinical Experiences, the East Carolina Latham Clinical Schools Network, the North Carolina Teaching Fellows and Maynard Scholars Program , the ECU Center for STEM Education, SECU Partnership East, and Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics and is host for NC TEACH.

College of Human Ecology

The College of Human Ecology consists of the School of Social Work and five academic departments: child development and family relations, criminal justice , hospitality leadership,  interior design and merchandising, and nutrition science. Undergraduate programs are offered in child life, family and community services, birth through kindergarten teacher education, family and consumer sciences education, nutrition and dietetics, hospitality management, interior design, merchandising, criminal justice, and social work. Graduate degrees include birth through kindergarten teacher education, child development and family relations, marriage and family therapy, family and consumer sciences, nutrition science, criminal justice, social work, and the PhD in medical family therapy. Graduates of these programs work in business and industry, health care, education, and human services to improve the quality of life for children, families, and consumers. The college operates a nationally accredited child development center (day care program) and a Family Therapy Clinic that provides marriage and family therapy. The faculty also provide consultation, practice, and research in their fields of knowledge.

College of Engineering and Technology

The College of Engineering and Technology offers programs which prepare students for management and decision-making careers in technology oriented industries. Undergraduate programs are offered in Engineering (biomedical, bioprocess, electrical, industrial and systems, or mechanical), Industrial Technology (transfer program), Industrial Engineering Technology, Information and Computer Technology, Construction Management, Industrial Distribution and Logistics, Design, and Computer Science.

Graduate degrees are offered in Occupational Safety, Construction Management, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Technology Systems, and Network Technology.  Concentrations include Industrial Distribution and Logistics, Manufacturing Systems, Performance Improvement, Quality Systems, Computer Networking Management, Digital Communications Technology, Information Security, and Web Technologies. The PhD is offered in Technology Management.

The College is actively involved in a variety of industry-related research and outreach activities. These activities include sponsorship of numerous seminar and training programs which focus on critical issues facing the industrial and business communities. These programs have addressed issues ranging from environmental compliance to supply chain management. The College’s activities are not confined to the campus. Internships and co-op programs facilitate the involvement of advanced students and highly qualified faculty in mutually beneficial networking arrangements with a number of regional firms.

College of Allied Health Sciences

The College of Allied Health Sciences provides education and training through its eight departments: biostatistics, clinical laboratory science, communication sciences and disorders, health services and information management, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, and addictions and rehabilitation studies. Each of these professional disciplines is committed to the development of new knowledge in their fields, continuing support of their practicing colleagues, and improvement of health care in eastern North Carolina. Internships by students provide many hours of service in a variety of settings, including public schools, health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and mental health clinics.

College of Nursing

East Carolina University began devoting its attention to the health needs of the state and region over 50 years ago. Established in 1959, the College of Nursing is now a center of excellence in nursing education, research, and practice. The College’s academic programs prepare professional nurses as baccalaureate generalists, as specialists for advanced practice at the master’s level, and as scientists at the PhD level. Students are assigned throughout the region in numerous health care locations to receive valuable clinical experience. Students and faculty in these sites make important contributions to community hospitals, clinics and health care agencies. The faculty offer numerous consultation services to public and private health care programs in the region. These services include educational and preventive medical programs in corporate and secondary school settings. In addition, faculty conduct valuable clinical research which advances the scientific basis of nursing practice and addresses health problems and health care issues of concern to providers and consumers in the region.

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

The School of Medicine was established in 1975 by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly. The school has a threefold mission: 1) to increase the supply of primary care physicians to serve the state; 2) to improve the health status of citizens in eastern North Carolina; and 3) to enhance the access of minority and disadvantaged students to a medical education. The school graduated its first class of physicians in 1981 and routinely ranks among the top schools nationally in the percentage of underrepresented minorities in the student body.

More than 450 faculty physicians and biomedical scientists are employed by the medical school . Eighty students are enrolled in each of the four medical classes and approximately 370 physicians are pursuing postgraduate training in ten medical residency and fourteen fellowship programs. The school also offers doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in six of the sciences basic to medicine, with an enrollment of approximately 85 doctoral candidates. In addition, nearly 100 students are enrolled in the Master of Public Health Program.

In addition to educational programs, patient care and research are focal points of the School of Medicine. The school is the principal source of advanced referral medical care for citizens of eastern North Carolina, and is an important source of primary care for citizens of Greenville and Pitt County. Research scientists are involved in wide-ranging studies of problems that are of special significance to the region, such as diabetes and heart disease.

The service area of the School of Medicine comprises 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. The school, along with the core facilities of Vidant Medical Center, its principal teaching affiliate, is situated on a 100-acre tract within a designated medical district. Medical school facilities encompass eight major buildings, including the 500,000 square foot Brody Medical Sciences Building, the Health Sciences Building, the East Carolina Heart Institute, and the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center as well as several group practices throughout Greenville.

School of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine was established to specifically address the shortage of dentists in rural regions of North Carolina.  ECU received funding from the State Legislature in 2007/08 to begin planning for and construction on a building for the School.  Ledyard E. Ross Hall, a 184,000 four-story facility located on ECU’s Health Sciences campus, opened in 2012.  During the first three years, a student’s dental education will take place primarily on the Greenville campus. The fourth year educational experience will take place in ten dedicated Community Service Learning Centers located in rural and underserved areas around the state.

The School welcomed its first class of 52 students in the Fall of 2011.  ECU admits approximately 50 students per year with admission limited to North Carolina residents.  There are currently 154 students and 36 faculty (2013).

Continuing Studies

The Office of Continuing Studies provides access to the University through a variety of programs including Summer School, Distance and Extension Education, Continuing Professional Education, the Testing Center, Summer Study Abroad, and Military Outreach.  The office partners with the academic and administrative units of the university to serve business, industry, the military, community colleges, and local school systems.

ECU offers online distance education degree programs that allow students to access their coursework 24/7 via the internet.  More than 80 degree and certificate programs are offered online and distance education students number more than 6000.  ECU offers more online degree programs and enrolls more online students than any institution in North Carolina.

ECU also serves the region and nation with programs designed to satisfy the continuing professional education (CPE) needs of almost any audience. Whether managing the annual meeting of a professional association, providing a week-long institute for a non-profit organization, or hosting a leadership forum for the community, East Carolina seeks to design and deliver high quality educational programs that do not carry the semester hour as credit. At times when recognition and a record of academic accomplishment are needed, the University awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Programs are flexible and can be tailored to individual or organizational needs.

Community Outreach

While ECU is a national research university with international influence, the school is committed to reaching out in local service to our state and region. Some of the programs and groups involved in the community are:

1) ECU’s Entrepreneurial Initiative

The Entrepreneurial Initiative encourages and supports entrepreneurship within the University community and eastern North Carolina.  They offer a wide range of training and business support services to assist existing entrepreneurs and provide programs that stimulate the entrepreneurial climate of the community.

2) North Carolina Agromedicine Institute

A formal partnership between ECU, NC A&T, and NC State, the Institute conducts research, education, and outreach programs that develop solutions for the occupational and environmental health and safety needs of the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries communities.

3) Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

SBTDC is the primary organization through which the State provides business development and technical assistance to the business community. Their focus in on management counseling and helping small to mid-sized businesses meet challenges, manage change, and plan for the future.

4) Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

The OTT facilitates the development and commercialization of products of innovation from the laboratory and the classroom to the marketplace. OTT serves as an educational resource on intellectual property and licensing matters and manages the University’s portfolio of patents and licenses.

5) Institute for Coastal Science and Policy

ICSP was established to identify, initiate, promote, coordinate and direct research and institutional initiatives on all aspects of riverine, estuarine, coastal, and shallow marine environments. The goal of the Institute is to enhance understanding of the complex interactions between human behavior and the marine environment and its resources, and to draw on this understanding to develop sound public policy. Research interests concentrate on four main areas: coastal-estuarine ecology, coastal geoscience, social science and coastal policy, and maritime studies.


For more information concerning ECU academic programs, please contact:

ECU Undergraduate Admissions Office
106 Whichard Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(252) 328-6640

Dean of the Graduate School
131 Ragsdale Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(252) 328-6012

To view the North Carolina college guide, featuring free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families, click here:  http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/north-carolina/.

Statistics on ECU Alumni, Students, Faculty & Staff

Alumni (July 2013)  
Residing in United States136,430 
Residing in North Carolina98,973 
Residing in Pitt County15,507 
Students (2013)  
Total Enrollment26,887 
On Campus Students21,26979.2%
Distance Education Students5,61820.8%
Out of State Students (on campus)2,81010.5%
Students from Eastern N.C. (on campus)9,15834.1%
Graduate/Medical Students5,37920.0%
Number of States Represented47 
Faculty & Staff (2013)  
Total (FTE)5,564.1 
Faculty (FTE)1,858.7 
     *Average Faculty Salary (9-10 month)$77,856 
     Tenured Faculty (FTE)800.143.0%
Administrative, Professional, & Technical (FTE)1,858.0 
Office/Clerical, Skilled Crafts, Service/Maintenance (FTE)1,847.6 
*Excludes Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine salaries  


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