They tell students that it's just as much of a party school as the other UNC schools... Definitely values job-oriented, revenue-bringing (business, healthcare) more than humanitiesart fields (philosophy, literature). Increasing number of classes offered online and slowly weening out lectures, which is concerning. Overall, mixed bag. I am forever a proud pirate. However, my experience at ECU has not been the best. I've had a difficult time with my fair share of sucky professors (yes, I actually go to class and do my work). I've also had an even worse time with my advisers. Great college with great people, but the staff needs a face lift.