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East Carolina University is committed to honoring the values that have guided the progress of the university. As we look to the future, we will sharpen our focus on those that are critical to our continued growth.

Among the values that will be key to our success are the following:

  • Scholarship: We will be a diverse community where intellectual freedom, scholarly discipline, and the rigorous pursuit of knowledge thrive.

  • Leadership: Our students, faculty, and staff will demonstrate leadership in their professions and communities.

  • Service: We will work toward solutions to the challenges of our region, state, and nation.

  • Discovery: We will harness the skills and knowledge of our faculty, staff, and students to create a brighter tomorrow for North Carolina.

This strategic plan positions East Carolina University as a leading force for academic excellence, economic development, public service, and discovery. The plan that follows is derived from our mission statement and is organized around three commitments:

  • Maximizing student success
  • Serving the public
  • Leading regional transformation

In this plan, our goals are ambitious and bold, but also authentic. We must achieve them with economy and efficiency. As a result of being more intentional and focusing on key priorities, East Carolina University will make the most of faculty, staff, and student expertise and determination to benefit our region and state.


Here, life’s a graceful balance of front-porch friendly and business-world sharp, a balance lit up and alive with all the amenities of a metropolitan university town. Where we enjoy the company of our neighbors on summer nights, talking on the porch about the day’s news and sports scores from the latest Pirate’s game, until someone flips a coin to see who’ll run out for barbeque.

Walking through the streets of Greenville, you see it has its share of art galleries, museums and festivals that delight; or, close by, the campus of East Carolina University calls to art and culture lovers with its worldly offering of musical concerts, theatrical and dance productions, travel films and lectures. For students with the fire of the future shining in their eyes, ready to turn their dreams loose, the campus calls to them in another voice.

Greenville-Pitt County is centrally situated to serve the largest concentration of population and industry in eastern North Carolina (more than 812,000 people within 45 miles).

Greenville (35 square miles) and Pitt County (656.52 square miles) are located in the north central coastal plains region of Eastern North Carolina, 85 miles east of Raleigh, 87 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, 157 miles from Richmond VA, and 265 miles south of Washington DC.

Pitt County covers 656.52 square miles of prime agricultural land in Eastern North Carolina. The county's highest point is 126.4 feet above sea level, in the northwest part of the county.

The Census Bureau's July 1, 2015 population estimate for Greenville is 90,597.




Average temperature

61° F

Average summer temperature

84° F

Average winter temperature

44° F

Average annual rainfall


Growing season

220 days


The average housing cost in Greenville-Pitt County is lower than the state or national average.
Average cost of housing (Greenville area 2011 - $149,476)

Facts about East Carolina University:

  • More than 28,000 students
  • More than 5,500 faculty and staff
  • Typical student-to-faculty ratio: 18 to 1
  • Students of color make up 26% of undergraduate students, 18% of graduate students, 31% of medical students, and 26% of dental students

ECU is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The university seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. The university defines diversity in a broad context to include the representation, integration and intersection of different races, genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identity, veteran status, socio-economic status, intellectual positions and perspectives. The university desires a pluralistic academic community where teaching, learning and living occurs in an atmosphere of mutual respect in pursuit of excellence. The university considers diversity, the opportunities afforded by a diverse learning environment, and the authentic interaction among people from various backgrounds and persuasions to be essential elements in achieving excellence in academia.

ECU recognizes that diversity and respect for human difference within academia is a key source of intellectual vitality and innovative spirit. The university promotes diversity on campus, nurtures it and realizes its full benefits within the context of teaching, learning and living. ECU focuses on diversity not as an end unto itself, but rather a means to a beginning of respect and unity for and among members of the university community.


To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

We accomplish our mission through education, research, creative activities, and service while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

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