New report ranks ECU #1 in North Carolina for online education

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - If you ever wondered where you can get the best online education, look no further than one institution in the east.

According to, East Carolina University ranked number one out of 108 other institutions in North Carolina for the best online education, based on tuition cost and the number of degrees available.

According to academic affairs, there are more than 90 degrees offered through their distance learning program, which is the highest in the state.

About 7,000 students are enrolled in distance education compared to just 2,000 students 17 years ago.

"I think part of the secret is our support for students," explains Dr. Ron Mitchelson, the provost and senior vice chancellor. "We have tremendous online support from online library services, online book store, online tutoring."

Dr. Mitchelson says they're developing new programs, like certificate programs, to add to their program.

Other local schools that rank in the top ten are Pamlico Community College at number two and Lenoir Community College at number nine.