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#8 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

ECU Admission Requirements

Greenville, North Carolina

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Chances of getting into East Carolina University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
88%
Admission Difficulty for East Carolina University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into ECU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at ECU is 88%.  It ranks #53 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. East Carolina University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 17,859 out of 20,313 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent (SAT 1020/1170 ACT 19/24). East Carolina University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.33. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The ECU application fee is $75 and applications are due by Apr 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. East Carolina University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

ECU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1020-1170
Applicants Submitting SAT 
55%
SAT Scores for East Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for East Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1170
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to East Carolina University?

East Carolina University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. ECU ranks #15 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

East Carolina University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1170 and Above Good >93%
1095 to 1170 Avg + 88%-93%
1020 to 1095 Avg - 79%-88%
945 to 1020 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 945 Low <67%
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ECU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
44%
ACT Scores for East Carolina University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for East Carolina University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into ECU?

Admission data indicates that ECU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #18 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to East Carolina University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

East Carolina University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >94%
21 to 24 Avg + 88%-94%
19 to 21 Avg - 81%-88%
17 to 19 Reach 72%-81%
Less than 17 Low <72%
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ECU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.33
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into East Carolina University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into ECU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at East Carolina University was 3.33 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #25 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.33 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as ECU accepts 88% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted East Carolina University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 2.23% Good
3.75 to 3.99 14.82% Good
3.50 to 3.74 19.77% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 21.17% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 21.32% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 20.03% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.61% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.05% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

71% of East Carolina University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted East Carolina University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 13%
Top 25% of class 36%
Top 50% of class 71%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

East Carolina University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,770 7,543 20,313
Accepted 11,370 6,489 17,859
Acceptance Rate 89% 86% 88%
Enrolled 2,540 1,602 4,142
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
200

Applicants have 200 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Apr 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to East Carolina University is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to East Carolina University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

East Carolina University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at East Carolina University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198464 IPEDS survey data for East Carolina University.

FAQs

Does East Carolina University prefer SAT or ACT?

55% of students submit their SAT scores to ECU. 44% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into East Carolina University?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to ECU. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for East Carolina University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1170. 55% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for East Carolina University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 24. 44% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.