Applying to ECU

Steps to Apply:

  1. Create an admissions portal account. A portal account is required and allows you to check on the status of your application. You can also sign up for a campus tour and other events through your portal account.
  2. Apply using the Common Application. You will submit the $75 nonrefundable application fee through the Common Application.
  3. Send official ACT/SAT scores and high school transcript. Official documents should be sent to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Mailstop 517

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858

Test scores should be sent directly from ACT or College Board. Our ACT school code is 3094 and our SAT school code is 5180.

  1. Monitor your application status. Through your portal account, you will be able to see if there are any pieces to your application that are missing. Once an admission decision has been made, it will appear on the admissions portal and a letter will be sent out in the mail.


Helpful Information:

  • Interested in ECU scholarships? The deadline to apply for most university scholarships is January 15, and you must be admitted in order to apply for scholarships. We recommend completing your ECU application no later than December 11 to ensure you are admitted in time to apply for scholarships.
  • Use the same email for the ECU Admissions portal and the Common Application, and make sure it is not a school email address from high school.
  • Verify your residency: If you wish to claim in-state residency for tuition purposes, please make sure to complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) process at If you have already completed the process and obtained your Residency Certification Number (RCN), you can enter it when filling out your application. If you do not already have your RCN, you may submit your application and then come back and enter your RCN once you have it via the admissions portal.



Frequently Asked Questions about the application process:


Q: What GPA/scores do I need to get into ECU?

A: We use a holistic review to review applications, so many things are taken into consideration. However, here are the mid-range scores and GPAs from last year’s admitted students:

  • The middle 50% of applicants we admitted last year had between a 21 and a 25 ACT
  • The middle 50% of applicants we admitted last year had between a 1100 and 1210 SAT
  • The middle 50% of applicants we admitted last year had an unweighted GPA between 2.9 and 3.2


Q: Does ECU require the Common Application essay?

A: ECU does not require the essay on the Common Application to be completed, though it is encouraged that you complete it.


Q: Does ECU require you to input all high school courses into the Common Application?

A: ECU does not require high school courses be entered in the Common Application, though we do require an official copy of the high school transcript be submitted.


Q: Does ECU offer application fee waivers?

A: ECU accepts fee waivers provided by the SAT, ACT, and NACAC.


Q: Can a decision be reconsidered if new scores are sent in the same academic year?

A: ECU has a rolling admissions review process, which allows applicants to submit new scores and/or an updated high school transcript for the same academic year up until the application closes. For freshman applications that date is March 1.