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East Carolina University is located in Greenville, North Carolina. A constituent university of the UNC system, it is a fast-growing university, with enrollment approaching 26,000.

Read more about East Carolina University in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Public or Private: Public
Average High School GPA: 3.60
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 1440-1670
ACT Score: 20-24
6-Year Graduation Rate: 59%
Acceptance Rate: 61%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 21,859
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: None
Location: Urban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: C
Shakespeare: Yes
Academic Transparency: Somewhat Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $6,084.00
Out of State Tuition: $20,197.00
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: $40,000.00
Average Student Debt of Graduates: $17,805.00
Good Economic Value?: Poor
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 57.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: 4.00%
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Red
Alternative Newspaper: Yes
Student Political Involvement: Somewhat Political
Faculty Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Unbalanced: Republican
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about ECU:

In Search of the Underserved: East Carolina University’s new dental school was sold on a dubious basis. (December 13, 2010)

Reading Between the Lines: A recent UNC study on K-12 education highlights the conflict between two competing instruction methods.  (May 24, 2010)

Gloria Steinem Lectures at East Carolina: Steinem gets $10,000 but students only get uninformed anti-capitalist propaganda. (January 15, 2010)

Is There Learning in Service Learning?: Volunteer work for college credits might be more feel-good fad than valuable learning tool. (September 2, 2008)

An Education Without Much Learning: A student returning to college at forty finds ECU's distance education program too unchallenging to continue. (July 11, 2008)

Questionable Need for New ECU Dental School: Proposal More About Politics Than Need (March 30, 2006)

Diversity Mania Gets More Costly: ECU hires new chancellor on diversity (May 27, 2005)

State, UNC, ECU purchase expensive furniture from out-of-state maker: Schools ignore furniture industry (May 6, 2005)

Inquiry Paper No. 21: An Empty Room of One's Own: A Critical Look at the Women's Studies Programs of North Carolina's Publicly Funded Universities (March 30, 2005)

These articles mention ECU or the UNC system:

The End of Summer Reading?: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina. (June 30, 2013)

Subsidizing Failure: A forthcoming study focuses on public universities' "cost of non-completion." (May 12, 2013)

Faculty Attack Squad: An attempt to organize North Carolina's progressive faculty gets down and dirty. (April 18, 2013)

UNC's Diversity Bureaucracy: A Pope Center survey reveals that diversity offices in the UNC system took few hits during the recent recession. (July 29, 2012)

UNC-Chapel Hill Redeems Itself: The summer reading assignment at UNC-Chapel Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne University represents a break from victimhood. (June 6, 2012)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

A New Era for the Board of Governors?: Fiscal realities, new members, and a national re-examination of the college experience suggest that change may occur. (August 14, 2011)

This Won't Hurt A Bit: The North Carolina state government is rapidly taking over health care in the state through its university system. (July 26, 2011)

The Money Pit: Despite the economy, the University of North Carolina still has plenty of building projects going forth. (July 17, 2011)

A Literary "Groundhog Day": The titles may change somewhat from year to year, but college summer readings stay the same: uninspired, unchallenging, and predictably left-leaning. (June 26,2011)

The Little Budget That Could (Avoid New Taxes): North Carolina's probable new higher education budget is a mixed bag with lots of questions yet to be answered. (June 12, 2011)

An Enrollment Cap at UNC?: Limiting the number of students at UNC would reduce costs and improve academic quality. (June 5, 2011)

A Common-Sense Look at UNC Faculty Workloads (June 2, 2011)

The Talk on Campus: A semester's worth of public lectures at North Carolina universities reveals the focus of academia. (May 27, 2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

Community Colleges Show the Way: The UNC system could learn how to cut costs from our state's community colleges. (May 2, 2011)

Braking a Runaway Train: A budget proposal by a North Carolina legislative committee reverses the UNC system's longterm explosive growth trend. (April 17, 2011)

Hardly an Academic Sweatshop: A common-sense look at UNC faculty workloads indicates that professors teach less than the system claims. (April 10, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

Rainy Day Education Funding: North Carolina's new legislative majority may clean up some shaky financial practices in its higher education systems. (March 27, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

Starving the Academic Beast: Huge state deficits and a changing of the political guard mean that public university systems must downsize. (February 22, 2011)

Evangelists for Diversity: Offices of diversity are one thing the UNC system can do without. (February 16, 2011)

Should UNC Tuition Go Up?: Here’s your chance to weigh in. (February 20, 2011)

Remediation: Still a Mystery: A Pope Center review of remedial education in the UNC system reveals that no one knows if it is helping the students who take it. (January 10,2011)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

How Much "Student" in Student-Athlete?: Academic progress rates suggest that many athletes are still falling behind and unlikely to graduate. (November 19, 2010)

The Potemkin Enrollment Policy: Like the infamous Russian village, UNC's newly proposed enrollment policy is all facade and no substance. (November 7, 2010)

Growing Pains: The difficult economy means that the UNC system's aggressive growth policy is likely to come to an abrupt halt. (October 10, 2010)

North Carolina's For-Profit Challenge: UNC’s role in licensing nonpublic colleges (especially for-profits) may pose a conflict of interest. (September 12, 2010)

A Rule Made to Be Broken: Barely a month after the UNC system ignored its own self-imposed tuition cap, it is proposing another one. (September 5, 2010)

In With the In-Crowd: Bowles' replacement as president of the UNC system shares his insider status (August 27, 2010)

UNC's Middle Class Squeeze: UNC officials and the state legislature decide to empty the pockets of students who pay their own way instead of cutting waste. (July 25, 2010)

UNC's 2010 Budget: It's All Greek to Me: North Carolina’s legislators ignored the hard lessons forced on Greece due to fiscal irresponsibility in the 2010-11 higher education budget. (July 11, 2010)

Open Checkbook for Unchecked Growth: An attempt to limit enrollment growth in North Carolina state universities was shot down by legislators. (July 2, 2010)

The Sad History of Freshman Reading: Freshman readings range from political propaganda to feel-good fluff. (June 18, 2010)

Reforming the Academic Core: The Board of Governors should select a president who will revitalize student learning at the University of North Carolina. (June 1, 2010)

North Carolina Bucks the Trend: While commencement speakers across the nation talked politics, North Carolina’s choices were more restrained. (May 27, 2010)

The Three-Day Wonder: The North Carolina Senate rams through a $19 billion budget that shores up UNC finances with taxpayer funds. (May 21, 2010)

"Will Work for State Appropriations": Governor Perdue's budget proposal kicks off the start of the serious higher education lobbying season in North Carolina.  (April 25, 2010)

A Healthy University Needs Surgical Cuts: Legislative budget cuts can improve the UNC system by forcing sensible cuts to extravagant programs. (April 15, 2010)

Ed Schools, Leave Those Teachers Alone: A new study by the University of North Carolina could lead to major reform of education schools. (April 11, 2010)

Other People's Money: Government officials try to get creative with UNC tuition hikes instead of using proper fiscal restraint. (March 7, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Free Speech? (February 7, 2010)

Requiem for a Heavyweight: A conservative writer offers his take on UNC president Erskine Bowles, perhaps North Carolina's best known Democrat. (February 16, 2010)

What Are Faculty Paid, and Why?:The Pope Center’s effort to make the UNC system more transparent to the public reveals a lot but raises more questions. (February 5, 2010)

Seven Years, Six Scandals: Let’s not be complacent about the state of integrity at University of North Carolina campuses. (January 21, 2010)

Equalizing Outcomes Through Program Proliferation: The UNC system hopes to improve graduation rates by expanding expensive programs. (January 18, 2010)

In the Rearview Mirror: 2009: The Pope Center staff takes a look back at some of the big events and trends of the last year. (December 29, 2009)

How UNC Spends Its Money: We report on how much the university system spends on actual teaching as opposed to non-student expenditures. (December 17, 2009)

Putting the Scholar Back in Scholarships: The University of North Carolina's scholarship program can be crafted to make the state's entire education system more competitive. (December 4, 2009)

The Treaty of Chapel Hill: Formalizing the collaboration between the military and the University of North Carolina system makes sense for the entire state (and possibly the whole nation). (November 15, 2009)

What's In Store: Erskine Bowles has laid out his intentions for the UNC system for the upcoming school year. (September 27, 2009)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 17, 2010)

No Detours on the Big Government Highway, Part I: Despite lots of rhetoric about cuts to the UNC budget, the university system's expansionary agenda keeps rolling along. (August 13, 2009)

A Common Sense Way to Save Education Dollars: Shifting students and resources from universities to community colleges is cost-effective and academically sensible. (July 5, 2009)

It's Summer Time and the Reading is Easy: Freshman “common readings” look like a waste of time when compared to the classics some high schoolers are expected to study. (June 8, 2009)

The Privileged Class: The commotion about the university job of a former North Carolina governor's wife reveals a larger pattern of undue influence throughout the UNC system. (May 26, 2009)

No Time to Subsidize Silliness: UNC's leadership should regard the budgetary process in lean times as a reason to cut waste. (April 12, 2009)

Behind Closed Doors: The N.C. Senate’s secretive method for electing Board of Governors members screams for greater transparency—and maybe some new people in charge. (March 26, 2009)

Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune: UNC’s low-tuition policy has some unexpected downsides. (January 12, 2009)

Looking Back on 2008: The Pope Center took five major steps to improve higher education. (December 31, 2008)

Avoiding the Taint of Christmas: The decision not to display Christmas trees at the UNC-Chapel Hill libraries reflects the view that Western culture belongs in the ash heap.  (December 22, 2008)

Big Spending, Little Results: A new study suggests that North Carolina's big investment in higher education might not be paying off as expected. (June 29, 2008)

Global Waste: The North Carolina in the World program is an unproductive use of taxpayers' money, at best.  (June 22, 2008)

Required to Graduate: Mandatory Volunteering: A North Carolina Senate bill will add a community service requirement for graduation for almost every college in the state. (June 7, 2008)

A Tale of Two State University Systems: One proposes central control and rapid expansion; the other, better education at lower costs. (May 27, 2008)

Big Changes Bring Big Questions for UNC: Two growing programs illustrate the university system's changing role in North Carolina. (May 16, 2008)

Chancellor Search Should Be Transparent: North Carolina state universities have the most secretive hiring practices for top university officials in the nation.  (March 27, 2008)

Ignoring the Ideological Elephant in the Room: Sometimes the most important questions are the ones never asked.  (February 15, 2008)

A Broader Role for the University on Its Way?: Why K-12 and UNC need each other. (February 1, 2008)

Something for Everyone Might Mean Less for All: The UNC Tomorrow Commision's final report lacks focus. (January 25, 2008)
UNC Education Schools: Helping or Hindering Potential Teachers? (January 8, 2008)

Deconstructing America by Decree: Should North Carolina enroll illegal immigrants in colleges? (December 26, 2007)

Another Battle in the Student Fees War: Activity fees are often used for general expenses as if they were extra tuition. (December 5, 2007)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare in the English Department (September 27, 2007)

Things We Could Do Without in the State Budget: Wasteful spending can be found in higher education package (July 31, 2007)

UNC Tomorrow Commission: Making the University "Demand Driven": An interview with BOG member Peter Han (May 30, 2007)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A look at the recently-passed House budget (May 14, 2007)

Faculty Compensation in the University of North Carolina System: How UNC schools compare with their national peers (May 9, 2007)

Paying the Profs -- How Much is Enough?: UNC claims “brain drain,” but does it exist? (May 8, 2007)

Legislature Should View "EARN" Scholarships with Caution: Easley wants to spend $150 million over two years on new program (February 23, 2007)

Glimmers of Good Ideas from "Emerging Issues" Conference: Few bright spots exist from higher education forum (February 15, 2007)

V-Day: Stripping Away Modesty and Dignity: Monologues a disservice to students (February 12, 2007)

The Top 10 Nuttiest Campus Events in 2006: A look back (December 27, 2006)

A Closer Look at the UNC Budget Request: System wants $299 million in new funding (November 30, 2006)

Textbook Prices Add Costs to Students: UNC looking at ways to reduce prices (September 14, 2006)

Two Studies Agree -- UNC Governance Should Be Changed: New report backs up earlier findings made by ACTA, Pope Center (August 31, 2006)

Bowles Makes Cuts to Streamline Administration: Move would eliminate 12.5 positions (August 10, 2006)

Does UNC Need to Expand?: Why UNC-Rocky Mount is a Bad Idea (May 25, 2006)

UNC Can Run More Efficiently: Comparison Shows State Could Spend Less (February 2, 2006)

UNC Should Pay Closer Attention to the First Amendment: Universities have policies that limit freedom of speech (January 12, 2006)

The Top 10 Nuttiest Campus Events in N.C. 2005: A look back on the year that was (December 29, 2005)

Budget Increases UNC Spending by 11 Percent: $2.08 billion budget approved (August 11, 2005)

Study Recommends Major Changes in UNC Governance: ACTA report recommends reduction in BOG members (June 10, 2005)

What UNC Needs in a President: System starting the process of replacing Broad (May 20, 2005)

How Much Does a State University Have to Cost?: Schools could save costs, find more private sources (May 13, 2005)

Show Us the Money: UNC officials seek more funds (March 4, 2005)

Easley Lays Out Higher Education Budget: Proposes $16.9 billion total budget (February 25, 2005)

UNC Tuition -- Too Sweet a Deal for Nonresidents: Nonresidents pay less at UNC than at other institutions (December 16, 2004)

What Do Students Have to Learn to Graduate?: Students can graduate without learning anything (September 23, 2004)

Study: UNC's general-education core is weak: NAS reviews 11 institution's core requirements (September 22, 2004)

Inquiry #18: How Solid is the Core?: A study of General Education Requirements at 11 North Carolina Institutions (September 20, 2004)

University Projects Included in Proposal: Leaders reach compromise on bond plan (July 16, 2004)

General Assembly Considers Bills Affecting UNC System: Bond package, cap bill highlight session (June 25, 2004)

2004 Short Session Features a Slate of Higher Education Bills: Several bills focused on appropriation items (June 4, 2004)

Legislators Ponder $64 Million Increase in UNC: UNC to get big increase despite being "cut to the bone" (May 9, 2004)

UNC's five-step process to carp about budget 'cuts': For the UNC system a struggling economy means budget cuts. (March 17, 2004)

Inquiry #16: General Education Requirements at NC Public Universities: What Do Students Get in the Core Curriculum? (September 15, 2003)

UNC schools promise strong general education, but do they deliver?: Parents should take a look at college curriculum (August 27, 2003)

Policymakers mull proposals that would cut NC citizens' access to UNC: Plans would make it more difficult for illegals to enter UNC institutions (July 12, 2003)

UNC's Federal 'Overhead' Left Untouched -- For Now: Lobbyists claim money is vital to system (May 23, 2003)

Study Finds Tuition Low, Higher-Education Appropriations High in N.C.: Numbers should alleviate concern over budget (November 1, 2002)

State budget crisis brings UNC 'overhead receipts' under scrutiny: Legislature concerned about duplicating funds (August 9, 2002)

UNC board votes to increase student group's budget by 6,600 percent: BOG's first systemwide increase ever (March 8, 2002)

Student fee increases are being overlooked in tuition discussions: UNC Association of Student Governments seeks fee increase (February 22, 2002)

Tuition and fees grow faster at UNC schools, remain among lowest nationally: Tuition at UNC schools still lower than the U.S. averages (December 14, 2001)

UNC students protest proposed budget cuts (June 1, 2001)

UNC Benefactor Sues To End Race/Sex Quotas: Walter R. Davis claims UNC Board of Governors uses an illegal quota system (May 22, 2001)

UNC Students Protest Budget Cut: 2000 students participate in march (May 4, 2001)

Inquiry #5: A New Model for the Financing of Higher Education in North Carolina (March 1, 2001)

New Report on Higher Ed Unduly Praises, Criticizes UNC (January 15, 2001)

UNC Leaders, Legislators Discuss Faculty Salary Increases: Say campuses would suffer loss of top faculty if pay is not approved (September 1, 2000)

Flexibility May Hamstring UNC Capital Needs: Legislation may divert funds from capital requests (August 18, 2000)

"Tax Increases from UNC Bonds a Virtual Certainty," According to New Report: Proponents have downplayed possibility of tax increases (July 22, 2000)

Capital Projects Approved; BCC Gets $9 Million: Projects to be financed with available funds (July 7, 2000)

Widespread Opposition to Broad’s Plan, Little Talk of Spending Priorities: Traditional supporters raise questions (January 20, 2000)

The 'unthinkable' and Molly Broad: Spending and Floyd (January 13, 2000)

Study Rates N.C. Public Universities Second-Least Rigorous in Country: S.C. only state with a poorer ranking (September 23, 1999)

Will Spending on University Campuses Cause Prosperity?: Bond supporters pull out all the stops (July 8, 1999)

The Real Cost of University Bonds: Burden for Higher Education Falls on Taxpayers, not Students (July 1, 1999)

Study Urges UNC to Slow Down on Bond: Can't the necessary capital dollars come from existing growth in funding? (June 24, 1999)
Will UNC Ever Take Privatization Seriously?: System uses criteria that inhibit ability to contract out services May 21, 1999)

Supreme Court case has implications for N.C. universities: Court agrees to hear cases on distribution of student fees (April 2, 1999)