Ecu Essay


To get started, review the admission guidelines, application requirements, and deadline dates below. It is never too early to begin preparing your application and high school students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year. 

Freshman Core Requirements

To be considered for admission as a freshman, you must have completed the following courses upon high school graduation:

  • English: 4 course units in English, emphasizing grammar, composition and literature.
  • Mathematics: 4 course units including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a higher level mathematics course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite.
    Note: The fourth math course unit is applicable only to students who graduated in 2006 or later.
  • Natural Sciences: 3 course units including a life or biological science, a physical science, and a laboratory science.
  • Social Studies: 2 course units, one of which must be U.S. History.
  • Foreign Language: 2 course units of a language other than English. Both must be in the same language (i.e., Spanish 1 & 2). ECU accepts both American Sign Language and Latin.
    Note: The foreign language component is applicable only to students who graduated high school in 2004 or later.

During your senior year, we strongly recommend that you take a foreign language, mathematics, and a natural science course in addition to English.  These courses will better prepare you for your freshman year curriculum.

If you did not meet all of the minimum course requirements as indicated above, please view the Transfer Admission Guidelines to see how to gain admission to ECU. 

If you are a graduate of a Cooperative Innovative High School (Early College), please read more about your application options here. 

A Complete Application For Freshman Admission Includes:

  • A completed online application
  • Nonrefundable $75 application fee
  • Official high school transcript including senior year courses in progress and current grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended including community college dual enrollment
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores (please make sure that all test scores are sent directly from ACT or College Board)
    ACT Code - 3094 
    SAT Code - 5180

Official documents should be sent to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mailstop 517
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

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Deadline: Freshman Applications For Admission

The priority deadline for freshman applications for Fall 2018 is March 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted after that date on a space-available basis.

Deadline: Online Enrollment Deposit (Admitted Students Only)

Fall Semester: May 1, 2018

*The official deadline for payment of your ECU Enrollment Deposit is May 1, 2018. It is strongly advised to pay your deposit online as soon as possible to reserve your space in the incoming class. Visit the Admitted Student Checklist for Freshmen for instructions on paying your deposit.

Residency Determination

The Residency Determination Service (RDS) has been established by the North Carolina State Legislature as the centralized service for determining residency for students. If you are an undergraduate student applying for admission and claiming in-state residency for tuition purposes, you must visit to verify your residency. If you've already completed the residency verification process and obtained your Residency Certification Number (RCN), you can enter your RCN when filling out our application. If you do not already have your RCN, you may submit your application and then come back and enter your RCN once you have it. It is your responsibility to complete the Residency Determination Process in a timely manner. Your residency status determines your cost of tuition and eligibility for North Carolina-supported financial aid.

For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar's Residency page, or contact RDS at 1-844-319-3640 or

Graduates of Cooperative Innovative High Schools (Early College)

Beginning with the 2017 admissions cycle, graduates from North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High Schools have an important decision to make when seeking admission to East Carolina University. According to House Bill 97 Section 11.16. (a) "any student who graduated from a cooperative innovative high school program with an associate degree and who applies for admission to the constituent institution has the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student." You can see if your early college qualifies by reviewing the list of Cooperative Innovative High School Programs.

If you meet the criteria listed above, please consider the following information when selecting which application to submit. Please call our office at 252-328-6640 before you submit an application if you have any questions.

  • Only freshmen applicants are eligible for consideration for the Honors College, EC Scholars, and Early Assurance admission opportunities.
  • Admission to selective majors such as Nursing and Engineering may be affected by which application you select.
  • Many university-awarded scholarships are reserved for freshmen applicants. 
  • On-campus housing for transfer students is limited and not guaranteed.
  • Transfer applicants who have earned an associate degree are not required to submit standardized test scores.

By applying as a freshman and also submitting your college transcript, we can consider both your high school academic work and test scores as well as your college courses and grades. We will weigh both as we make an admission decision.

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

All ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for applicable licensure in North Carolina.  In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure, ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina.  ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina.  Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina. 

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate, or individual online course offered by East Carolina University is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required. Click here to read the full notice. 

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Freshmen Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Engineering Program is highly competitive.  We regret that we cannot accept all who apply.  Here are the criteria that our selection committee takes into consideration:

  • Minimum SAT Scores:  620 Math; 540 Verbal
  • Minimum 3.0 unweighted high school GPA
  • Top 30% of High School class
  • Highest math level completed--precalculus or calculus preferred
  • Quality of essay in our engineering application

We accept applications every semester.  Students who are not initially admitted into the program may apply at a later date (see Transfer Student Requirements).

Transfer Student Admission Requirements:

Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and completed the equivalent of Math 2171 (Calculus 1) with a C or higher, ENGL 1100 and 2201, and CHEM 1150/1151.  Student's who enter with an Associate's in Engineering will be given preference.

Admission Dates:

The first round of admissions decisions into the Engineering program for Fall will be sent out at the end of November.  Applicant pools will be reviewed monthly after that, with decision letters going out at the end of December, January, February, and March for Fall admission.  The deadline for freshman admission into ECU is March 15.  For transfer students, the deadline is April 4.  The Engineering program will review applications from current ECU students up until May 15 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.

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