- East Carolina University is a pioneer in minimally invasive robotic surgery. On May 3, 2000 at East Carolina's Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Randolph Chitwood performed the first robotic heart valve surgery in North America. Using this technology, surgeons at the school have performed more operations on the heart's mitral valve than any other center in the world by far. ECU recently broke ground on the new East Carolina Cardiovascular Research Institute. This facility will make East Carolina University one of the premier heart treatment and research centers in the world.
- Brody School of Medicine ranks 6th in the nation in Primary Care (tied with Duke University), 6th in rural medicine and 7th in family medicine by U.S. News and World Report Rankings. ECU is internationally known for its diabetes and obesity research that is performed at Brody.
- ECU is very supportive of the United States Military. ECU designates one home football game each year as Military Appreciation Day. Eastern NC is home to some of the largest bases in the world including Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeuene, Cherry Point, New River and Seymour Johnson. In December, Pirate fans donated over 4,000 tickets to the military to watch the Hawaii Bowl.
- The Virtual Environment installation on the ECU campus is one of only three nationwide. This technology is being used for advanced research in molecular and environmental design, as well as for simulations of underwater archaeological sites
- ECU's Transit System is the third largest transit system in the state of North Carolina. The Pirates have gone 'green' and have purchased a $550,000 hybrid bus. Three more hybrid buses are expected to arrive in 2008.
- ECU's maritime archaeology program, one of only two in the nation, is the leading authority on North American underwater archaeology. The program is currently investigating, retrieving, and preserving artifacts from BlackBeards ship The Queen Annes Revenge.
- ECU researchers have developed the "SpeechEasy" device which effectively stops stuttering in almost 90 percent of cases.
- It was an ECU professor who taught John Glenn and the other Mercury astronauts how to navigate in space.
- East Carolina, collaborating with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during twelve years of research, has developed a new method for saving and delivering blood platelets. Through a process of freeze-drying and sterilizing, the platelets can be saved for up to five years and deliver immediate life-saving benefits in military and civilian blood banks
- East Carolina's annual contribution to the local economy is estimated to be close to $3 billion
- ECU is the 12th largest online university in the country. There are 4,200 distance education students in 700 course sections.
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East Carolina, nicknamed the Pirates, compete in NCAA Division 1 and is a member of Conference USA offering 19 sports. The Pirate fan base is known for being loyal and travels well to away games. In Football the Pirates hit the field to the tune of "Purple Haze". The ECU football team has finished in the polls as high as 9th in the country and have many high profile wins. This season, the ECU Football team made their 14th Bowl Appearance in the 2007 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. ECU has one of the most attractive Out-of-Conference schedules in the nation featuring Virginia Tech, USC, UNC, West Virginia, NC State, UVA and Navy, all of which come to Greenville.
The ECU Baseball team has had 55 winning seasons in its 57 years of existence and has won a national championship. ECU ranks in the top 20 in the nation for baseball attendance. CSTV named ECU Softball the 8th winningest program in the nation. Many of the nations top basketball coaches have called Minges Coliseum one of the toughest arenas in the country to play in. Recently, ECU Women's Basketball and Women's Golf have been C-USA Champions. Conference mates include Alabama-Birmingham, Central Florida, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, Southern Methodist, Southern Mississippi, Texas-El Paso, Tulane and Tulsa. Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida International and Colorado College are members of CUSA in certain sports.
- ECU's online MBA and computer science degree programs are ranked No. 1 nationally
- ECU's online education degree program is ranked 3rd nationally.
- ECU ranks 3rd in the nation for patents issued per million dollars of research
- ECU's Kinesiology, Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program (bioenergetics) is ranked 4th in the nation.
- ECU ranks 6th in the nation for inventions per million dollars of research
- ECU's Brody School of Medicine is ranked 6th in the nation in Primary Care, 6th in rural medicine and 8th in family medicine
- ECU's Communication Sciences and Disorders program is ranked ninth in the nation
- ECU is in the process of building the nations largest college student recreation complex. The first phase of three phases of the North Recreation Complex is going to be complete in 2007. Developers envision the NCRF to contain 15 multipurpose playing fields, batting cages, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, a "world class" skate park and a championship stadium for soccer, football and Ultimate Frisbee. A 6-acre lake will feature a beach with picnic areas and kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals.
-The UNC General Administration has approved three capital projects at ECU: an Academic Building for Education and Business; a science building to replace the out-dated and over-worked Howell Science Building, and a new World Class Visual and Performing Arts Center.
- Construction is underway on the East Carolina Heart Institute. The $150 million clincial facility will treat cardiovascular patients in a new, six-story, 375,000 square foot tower that will include 120 beds, clinical space, diagnostic services and surgical suites. This clinical tower will be attached to the east end of Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The research and education component of the institute will be housed in a separate, 206.000 square foot facility located near the Brody School of Medicine on the west campus of East Carolina University.
-At the February 24, 2006 Board of Trustees meeting, the members unanimously passed a resolution to start a Dental School. The Dental School has also been unanimously approved by the UNC System Board of Governors. The school, which ECU hopes to open by 2011, aims to improve dental care across the state, especially in rural and underserved areas.
Scott Hall will be both renovated and expanded. The new 25,800 square-foot addition will add 116 beds providing Scott Residence Hall with a total capacity of 550 beds. Tyler Residence Hall renovation project will include window replacement and bathroom renovations.
- ECU will establish Brody School of Medicine-East, a primary-care satellite campus in one of the rural areas of eastern North Carolina. This will enable the school to continue its commitment to primary care and service to rural and underserved populations while growing the subspecialty depth necessary for financial viability and physician-training needs on the Greenville campus.
-A new auxiliary gym at Minges Coliseum that includes men's and women's basketball practice courts and a volleyball practice court has been approved
- ECU has also approved the following sports projects: a new women's softball complex, a new track and field facility, 12 tennis courts, women's soccer field and practice facility, a 15,000 square-foot field house and sports medicine facility at the Blount Fields Complex; the addition of five softball fields and two soccer fields for student recreation at the North Recreation Fields Complex
- Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is in the beginning stages of expansion. Plans include adding end zone seating under the scoreboard. The new expansion will add 5,000 seats to the stadium. Construction is set to begin following the 2008 season.