Classes begin at East Carolina University Tuesday and administrators estimate they'll have 27,000 students attending with an estimated 4,000 in the freshman class alone. Among all the hustle and bustle is a small class of students housed in the Mamie E. Jenkins building for the Honors College program in its second year. More than 200 students in the program are now raising the academic bar. Administrators say the students in the program must have a 3.5 G.P.A or higher, and score a 1200 on the S.A.T.
While in the Honors College, they participate in advanced courses, which include a senior project that resembles a graduate thesis paper.
Students say East Carolina can no longer be considered an easy college to get into. In fact, it has a very strong academic program and the honors program helps make the difference.
"I've felt I got a top notch education so far and I feel it will continue to be as such. I'm very happy with it," said Honors College Sophomore Taylor Lawless.
"We believe here ECU has made a commitment to improving the academic status of East Carolina and we're very proud of the Honors College. It's kind of an exemplar if you will of that commitment." said
Honors College Junior Matt Edwards
The Honors College hopes to enroll 400 students in the next 4 years. This year's incoming class has 106 new students.