For High School Counselors

Here at ECU, we recognize the important role high school counselors have in guiding students through the college admission process. We hope this information will be useful as you assist your students in applying to East Carolina University.

Freshman Profile

For the Fall 2022 semester, we received over 22,000 applications for an incoming class of 3,800.

  • The median GPA of admitted students was 3.50 (unweighted)

Counselor Receptions

Join fellow counselors to learn more about ECU over dinner and drinks. During the 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. reception, you will learn about the ECU admissions process and detailed information about our individual degree programs from our award-winning faculty and staff. Learn about our academic support services and how they help our students succeed. You may even have the chance to take home ECU swag!

  • Charlotte Counselor Reception, Monday, September 25, register here
  • Greensboro Counselor Reception, Tuesday, September 26, register here
  • Cary/Raleigh Counselor Reception, Wednesday, September 27, register here
  • Wilmington Counselor Reception, Monday, October 2, register here

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Honors College

We encourage you to recommend the ECU Honors College to your high-achieving students. All students accepted into the Honors College receive a four-year scholarship at varying levels. Other benefits include:

  • Preferred housing
  • High-impact experiences
  • Community atmosphere
  • Priority registration and additional advising
  • Priority admission to graduate programs

To be eligible, students must have a 3.7 unweighted GPA or a 4.0 weighted GPA and apply to ECU by October 20 (including receipt of transcripts). Eligible students will then be invited to complete the Honors College application by December 4.

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Download the 2023-2024 High School Counselor Desk Reference (PDF).

Your Students Can Discover ECU

Your students can learn about our wide range of outstanding programs by completing our request for information form. We will send them helpful information about ECU and the admissions process.

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A Complete Application for Freshman Admission Includes

  • A completed online application (including essay) through CFNC, the Common App or our website.
  • Nonrefundable $75 application fee or fee waiver
  • 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
  • Freshmen applying for the Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 terms will not be required to submit standardized (ACT or SAT) test scores to be reviewed for admission.

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

Or emailed to

Encourage your students to use our Application Checklist via their Navigator account to check the status of their application and track our receipt of official documents.

Deadlines: Freshman Applications for Admission

  • October 20, 2023: Deadline to be eligible to apply to the Honors College (transcripts must be received by this date)
  • December 15, 2023: Deadline to be eligible to apply for other merit-based university scholarships
  • April 1, 2024: Final freshman application deadline

While the general application deadline is April 1, applicants are encouraged to apply early. We offer rolling admission, which means that as soon as we have a student’s completed application, we will get a decision out to them.

Fee Waivers

Advise students to use an application fee waiver if they are eligible. ECU accepts fee waivers from the College Board, the ACT, and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors.

Degree Explorer

We have a valuable tool that can help you and your students discover more about ECU’s vast degree offering. Degree Explorer provides quick access to the following information for each degree program:

  • The courses students in that program will take
  • What makes that particular degree special at ECU
  • Career opportunities the degree could unlock for graduates

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ECU Counselor Advisory Committee

The Counselor Advisory Committee consists of a group of high school counselors and transfer advisors from throughout North Carolina who have been identified as going above expectations with assisting students in the college search process.

Members of the CAC have the opportunity to learn about ECU’s academic colleges, student services, financial aid and scholarships, as well as to provide our office with critical feedback from their students. If you would like additional information about the CAC or are interesting in joining, please contact Patti Clements at

See a recording of our recent Counselor Conference. Discussions included ECU student support for challenges stemming from COVID-19, Pirate Academic Success Center, the Center for Counseling and Student Development, the Office of Disability Support Services and resources for first-generation students.

Get Connected

We invite you and your students to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stay up to date on important announcements and upcoming events, receive deadline reminders, and get a glimpse into student life and what it’s like to be a Pirate. Be sure to check out our student blog and YouTube channel as well.