East Carolina University is a public, coeducational, doctoral/research university in Greenville, North Carolina, United States. Named East Carolina University by statute and commonly known as ECU or East Carolina, the university is the third-largest university in North Carolina. With a Fall 2012 enrollment of 26,947 students, it is the fastest-growing campus in the University of North Carolina system for six consecutive years.
Founded on March 8, 1907 as a teacher training school, East Carolina has historical strengths in education, nursing, business, music, theater, and medicine, and offers over 100 Bachelor degree programs, 85 master's degrees, 21 doctoral programs, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine, and 62 certificates.
The school also serves the region and the world through The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the East Carolina Heart Institute (homes of the world’s first robotic mitral valve repair and creators of the Greenville Gastric Bypass bariatric procedure), the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, the Small Business Institute, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, Center for Sustainable Tourism, Center for Natural Hazards, Center for GIScience, Center for Applied Computational Studies.
East Carolina has grown from 43 acres (17 ha) in 1907 to almost 1,600 acres (647 ha) today. The university's academic facilities are located on four properties: Main, Health Sciences, West Research facility, and the Field Station for Coastal Studies in New Holland, North Carolina. The nine undergraduate colleges, graduate school, and four professional schools are all located on these four properties. All of the non-health sciences majors are located on the main campus. The College of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, The Brody School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine are located on the health science campus. There are nine social sororities, 16 social fraternities, four historically black sororities, five historically black fraternities, one Native American fraternity, and one Native American sorority. Along with Greek life, there are over 300 registered clubs on campus
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