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East Carolina University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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East Carolina University has an acceptance rate of 79%, making it a moderately selective institution. Over 80 undergraduate and graduate programs are offered to the students, for which huge number of applications are received every year.

For East Carolina University admissions, only online applications are accepted.

  • For application review process, East Carolina University considers two types of GPA:
    • UG GPA: GPA from the degree-granting institution is accepted. For students with less than 60 semester hours, ECU considers hours from previous transcripts to calculate GPA.
    • Post-bachelor’s GPA: ECU calculates an overall GPA of the total number of courses taken during a bachelor’s program.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit current transcripts if the program deadline falls before the on-going program graduation date.
  • Standardized test scores will only be accepted if sent through the testing agency.
  • Office of Undergraduate Admissions takes care of undergraduate admissions.
  • The graduate program applications are managed by the Graduate School, which sends the applications to respective departments and gives the final admission decision


Application PortalUG: ECU Admissions Portal account or Common App or CFNC
Graduate: Relevant course page
Application Fee75 USD
Acceptance Rate79%
Mode of PaymentCredit Card/e-Check
East Carolina University SAT Requirements1110
East Carolina University ACT Requirements22
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsSpring and Fall
Interview RequirementsDepends on course requirements
Financial AidAvailable for both domestic and international students

East Carolina University Application Deadline

Type of ApplicantFallSpringSummer
FreshmenMarch 15November 1March 15
TransferApril 15November 1Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Engineering applicantMay 1December 1-

The application deadlines for graduate courses vary from course to course; therefore, applicants are recommended to visit respective course pages to know about the deadlines.

East Carolina University International Admissions

ECU encourages international students to apply for undergraduate and graduate courses. The admission requirements are discussed in the following sections.

International Undergraduate Admissions

Application Portal: Online applications can be submitted through either through ECU Admissions Portal account or Common App or CFNC.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements: Applicants need to submit official academic transcripts received from all the secondary schools attended till now along with proof of the English language. Please note that submission of ACT or SAT scores is not essential to complete the application process.

Supporting Documents: Copy of passport information page and financial proof. Additionally, the students currently residing in the US need to provide copies of previous I-20 forms and Transfer notification form.

International Graduate Admissions

Application Portal: Only online applications are accepted for graduate programs, which can be submitted at the ECU’s Graduate School home page.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements: Academic transcripts both in the native language and English language, English proficiency test scores, and scores of standardized tests like GRE and GMAT.

Supporting Documents: Letters of recommendation, financial document, and passport copy.

East Carolina University English Language Requirements

English Language TestUndergraduateGraduate
Internet-based TOEFL7178
SAT Critical Reading45065
ACT English/Writing90

East Carolina University Undergraduate Admissions

Application Portal: Applicants may use ‘ECU Admissions Portal account’ or Common App or CFNC to submit online applications.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements: ECU requires the applicants to submit official transcripts of high school, GPA on a 4-point scale and ACT/SAT scores. The ACT and SAT requirements are tabulated below:

ACT Scores
Average ACT Score22
25th Percentile ACT Score20
75th Percentile ACT Score24
SAT Scores
Average SAT score1110 (Math: 552; Reading: 558)
25th Percentile SAT Score1030 (Math: 510; Reading: 520)
75th Percentile SAT Score1180 (Math: 590; Reading: 590)

Furthermore, it is essential for all applicants to complete the following courses:

  • English: 4 units
  • Mathematics: 4 units which must incorporate Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and advanced mathematics course
  • Natural Sciences: 3 units
  • Social Studies: 2 units
  • Foreign Language: 2 units

Supporting Documents: Mark sheets and degree certificate.

East Carolina University Graduate Admissions

Application Portal: ECU accepts only online applications for graduate programs that can be submitted by visiting ‘ECU Graduate School homepage’.

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements: In order to be eligible for graduate programs, applicants are required to have completed prerequisite coursework and take standardized tests like GRE, GMAT, etc. as per the demand of the program.

There are certain courses that draw a maximum number of applications at the university. The table given below provides an insight into the program-wise admission requirements for a few of such popular courses.

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic RequirementsEnglish Language Requirement
MBADomestic: Fall: June 15; Spring: December 29
International: Fall: February 1; Spring: October 1
MS in Data ScienceFall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer I: April 1
Summer II: May 1
3.0 GPA;
GRE General score (minimum 30th percentile)
IELTS: 6.5;
MS in Mechanical EngineeringFall: August 15
Spring: December 20
Summer I: May 5
Summer II: June 15
GRE score or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scoreIELTS/TOEFL score
MS in Software EngineeringFall: August 15
Spring: December 20
Summer I: May 5
Summer II: June 15
GRE score or MAT scoreIELTS/TOEFL score
PhD in Biomedical PhysicsMarch 13.0 GPA and GRE scoreIELTS/TOEFL score

Supporting Documents: Resume/CV, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.

Therefore before making an application, students are recommended to take care of the admission requirements carefully. ECU accepts transcript application evaluations by:

  • World Education Services (WES)
  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • International Education Evaluations, Inc. (IEE), SPANTRAN

Applicants must keep the supporting documents ready before making the application.

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