East Carolina University (ECU)

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East Carolina University can be found in Greenville, NC, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. East Carolina University has around 30,000 students enrolled per year.

The majority of students accepted into East Carolina University had an SAT score within the range of 1040 - 1190, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 20 - 24. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the East Carolina University (ECU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.06 - 3.25. 79% of all students that apply are admitted to ECU, from which 29 percent choose to attend. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the East Carolina University (ECU) acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 73%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at ecu.edu.

Overall East Carolina University (ECU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for East Carolina University was reported as 78.7% in Fall 2020 with over 19,200 applications submitted to ECU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ECU ACT Scores: 20 - 24
  • ECU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into East Carolina University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into ECU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for ECU has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 70.3%
  • 2017-2018: 79.0%
  • 2018-2019: 82.2%
  • 2019-2020: 78.7%
  • Projected ECU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 73.2%

How Does East Carolina University (ECU) Compare?

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The acceptance rate for ECU is thirty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
North Carolina State University at Raleigh45.1%
Duke University7.7%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill22.6%
University of North Carolina Wilmington65.5%
Regent University85.5%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to East Carolina University (ECU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 600
Math520 - 590
Total Score1040 - 1190
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 24
Math18 - 24
Composite Score20 - 24
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