Pitt County is the educational hub of eastern North Carolina with the state’s fourth largest public university and seventh largest community college. East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville and Pitt Community College (PCC) in Winterville have an eye toward the future and are reshaping their campuses with more than $300 million invested in recent years.
East Carolina University is part of the University of North Carolina System which is one of the most valuable public higher education systems in the country. As the fourth largest university in the UNC System, East Carolina University has nearly 29,000 students enrolled annually. These students represent all 100 North Carolina counties, 45 states plus the District of Columbia, and 68 countries. The university gives students the chance to participate in cutting-edge research, hybrid online and classroom courses, and hands-on learning.
Best 387 Colleges by Princeton Review (2022)
The Princeton Review surveyed 140,000 students from across the country to recognize the colleges which have the most accessible professors, best career services, affordable tuition, enjoyable campus life, and more.
Top 10% Best Bang for the Buck Schools in the Southeast by Washington Monthly (2021)
Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide ranked ECU 26th out of 276 schools for Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast.
Top 15% of the Social Mobility Index (2022)
This indicator focuses on economic mobility or the extent to which an institution educates more economically disadvantaged individuals at lower tuition and graduates them into well-paying jobs.
Top Colleges for Diversity (2021)
Ten-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
The Brody School is a national leader in family medicine. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the school ranked first in North Carolina and second nationwide. The North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians reports that no other medical school in North Carolina - and only one other in the nation - has produced a higher percentage of family physicians in the last decade. In addition, nearly half (48%) of Brody graduates are actively practicing in North Carolina, a significantly higher percentage than any other North Carolina medical school.
The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine (SoDM) is the second dental school in North Carolina, enrolling its first class of pre-doctoral students in 2011. Its faculty, staff, student, and patient populations are growing rapidly as it educates the next generation of primary care dentists.
The State of North Carolina has funded the ECU SoDM in building stand-alone dental facilities called Community Service Learning Centers in eight rural and underserved areas across the state. For its breakthrough approach, the SoDM earned the William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement in the innovation category from the American Dental Education Association’s ASEAGies Foundation.
As eastern North Carolina’s largest public community college, Pitt Community College (PCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System. PCC has nearly 12,000 students enrolled in its Curriculum Program.
Pitt Community College is an Achieving the Dream (ATD) Institution. This national reform network consists of more than 220 colleges in 41 states dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and student of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate, diploma, or degree.
Pitt Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) provides free, confidential, one-on-one counseling services to assist startups, early stage, and troubled businesses. The center offers more than 125 free seminars each year on various business topics.