Greenville, N.C.'s East Carolina University
has evolved from a modest school for training teachers into an emerging national research university with an enrollment of more than 27,000 students.
ECU offers 100 bachelor's degrees, 78 master's degrees, 15 research/scholarship doctoral degrees and six professional practice doctoral degrees. The School of Education is still an integral part of ECU, but the university now boasts a medical school, nursing school and new dental school. ECU also is well known for its music school and schools of Art and Design, Hospitality Leadership, Interior Design and Merchandising, Kinesiology, and Theatre and Dance.
With a mission of teaching, research and service, ECU is an engine of economic development for the
region and state. The university generates nearly $3 billion
annually for the state's economy.
Members of the ECU cheerleading squad perform a stunt at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Photo by Bee There Media)
Accolades* ECU is North Carolina's third largest university, and its fastest growing.
* ECU was ranked No. 1 "Bang for your Buck" in the Southeast in a 2015 report by Washington Monthly.
* ECU’s College of Business was ranked in 2015 among the best in the nation for the eighth year by The Princeton Review.
* ECU's Brody School of Medicine leads all state medical schools in preparing primary care physicians that practice in North Carolina.
* ECU's College of Nursing is North Carolina's No. 1 producer of registered nurses.
* Archaeologists from ECU discovered the first artifacts that provided a material connection between The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island and the Algonquian peoples on Croatan Island.
* ECU researchers developed an electronic fluency device called SpeechEasy designed to improve the speech fluency of people who stutter.
* ECU's underwater archaeologists raised the anchors of Blackbeard's flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, near Beaufort. The university's QAR lab continues conserving and studying finds from the wreckage.
A purple and gold sunset celebrates a Pirate victory at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Photo by Bee There Media)
East Carolina University's sports teams, nicknamed the Pirates, compete in the American Athletic Conference. The school colors are purple and gold. A costumed pirate mascot named PeeDee
represents the university teams.
The football team plays in 50,000-seat Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
and the students sit in The Boneyard section in the end zone. Fans show up hours before each home football game to hold tailgate parties and mingle with friends.
The men's and women's basketball teams play in 8,00-seat Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
, where the cheering students are referred to as "Minges Maniacs."
The baseball team plays in Clark-LeClair Stadium
, which seats 3,000, but the seating is doubled by fans who park in the outfield "Jungle" section to watch the game, cheer and even fire a cannon.
The athletic teams are supported by The Marching Pirates
band, cheer leading squads, dance teams and spirit squads.
ECU students tailgate before a home football game. (Photo by Bee There Media)