About Us


East Carolina University has been a leader in distance education in North Carolina for over 70 years. ECU recognized the potential of online learning, and was one of the first universities in the nation to offer degrees entirely over the Internet. ECU currently offers more than 90 degrees and certificate programs online, in fields such as business, education, health care, and technology, among others. Chances are you will find a program that suits both your professional needs and your academic goals.


Leading the Way

East Carolina University has a long history of providing educational opportunities to students away from the campus.

  • The first extension course began in 1947.
  • By 1965, ECU offered the most credit courses of any extension program in the state.
  •  In 1993, the North Carolina Adult Education Association awarded ECU the Creative and Innovative Program award.

Not long after, ECU became one of the first universities in the nation to develop a master’s degree for internet delivery.

At ECU you will find:
  • Online degree programs that can be completed at a distance.
  • Small classes taught by full time campus faculty

From admission to graduation, a system of support services ready to help you.

East Carolina University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, is a public doctoral university committed to meeting the educational needs of North Carolina. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. ECU’s service mission and continual commitment to excellence have made the university one of the fastest-growing institutions in the nation. The university boasts a student population of more than 27,000, of which more than 20 percent are from minority groups.

Join the more than 6000 DE students from every county in North Carolina and revisit the dream.

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