ECU Pirate Promise

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Prepare for your future: join the Pirate Nation with Pirate Promise. This transfer program is for students who are in their first year of coursework at their community college to attend special events, receive advising assistance, and support before they apply to ECU.

Rockingham Community College and East Carolina University (ECU) have partnered on a co-admissions program designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative baccalaureate degree completion program.

Program benefits

  • Guaranteed admission to ECU with a completed associate degree (see link below for list of approved associate degrees)
  • Waived ECU application fee
  • Joint academic advising
  • Joint financial aid counseling and RaiseMe micro-scholarship opportunities
  • Eligible to purchase an ECU 1 Card to get access to:
    • Athletic tickets
    • Campus recreation opportunities
    • Campus events
  • Access to ECU Libraries
  • Access to Virtual Job Shadow, ECU Career Services’ virtual workshop series
  • Participate in select campus activities including “invitation only” Pirate Promise events at ECU. ·
  • And much, much, more at Student Affairs

By participating you will have access to extensive resources geared to guiding you through the transfer process at ECU.

Meet these requirements to be eligible:

  • You are enrolling or already a full-time student in your first year at one of the NC Community College Pirate Promise schools in an associate degree program (approved AA, AE, AFA, ADN, AS, AAS Early Childhood Education, and AAS technical programs list)
  • You are a full-time student (minimum 12 hours a semester) unless you are an Early College or Career and College Promise student
  • Early College and Career and College Promise students are eligible if pursuing an approved associate degree and in their junior year of high school.
  • To retain eligibility, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5

The Pirate Promise program does not guarantee admission to a specific major or program.

How do I apply?

The first step in joining Pirate Promise is to complete the RCC admissions process.

Visit for more information on transferring to ECU.

Do you have questions?

Please email the ECU advisor, Alex Williams, at:

To schedule an appointment with Alex Williams, please see his calendar.


Rockingham Community College
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


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Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


336-349-9986 (fax)