Could Idol Winner Scott McCreery Become An ECU Pirate?

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, a Garner native, is applying to colleges, one of them East Carolina University.

According to online articles at and, McCreery has applied to several colleges. Reports indicate his first acceptance letter came from ECU.

McCreery, a senior, told he has also applied to North Carolina State, Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State. McCreery said in the interview that he is not certain where he will go.

The18-year-old is currently on tour with Brad Paisley. He won American Idol in May 2011. His song "I Love You This Big" hit the country top 20 list, and his song "The Trouble With Girls" hit the top 40.

This tweet was on the ECU Admissions Twitter page:

"A big welcome to #ECU to @ScottyMcCreery, last year's American #Idol winner, country music star and our newest PIRATE!"

The tweet then links to the story on, in which McCreery is quoted as saying he is not certain what his plans are yet.

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  • by Hondro Location: ENC on Jan 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
    This guy's music is terrible.
  • by I graduated too - ECU on Jan 28, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    I'm currently pan handling at the mall. Free wi-fi at the food court....
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM
    A no talent hack going to a no talent hack school, seems like a perfect fit.
  • by I went to ECU on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    I'm currently unemployed.
  • by Proud Pirate on Jan 25, 2012 at 02:32 PM
    ECU is a great school, there are great programs and many high achievers go there (Honors College, ECU Scholars) great medical school, great b-school. Problem here is that someone in admissions posted something about this (that was then taken down). This is private info and they need to be more careful about starstruck employees. I would be concerned about that if I was him. Would not want an employee "tweeting" Scotty in my class and I just gave him a C on a paper. Come on ECU, security, please!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 07:35 AM in reply to Proud Pirate
      Yeah... many "high" achievers...
  • by Caroline Location: ENC on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    He won't get a dime of financial aid unless you just mean money that actually supports the school. And I don't know anyone that has ever NOT got accepted at ECU that applied......I take that back. I do know a couple of football players who were recruited but then didn't have the grades to get in. I seriously doubt he goes to ECU. I bet he ends up doing more of an online program for his degree or something that works with his touring schedule. I am glad he is going to school though. I think he's a smart kid.
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      by ummm ok on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to Caroline
      I know quite a few people who did not get accepted to ECU. None of them were football players. Don't bash it until you have gone through the process and actually earned your degree from here. It's ignorant to say that when you probably didn't even go here. P.S. ECU is North Carolina's leader in distance education. That's a fact. It would be a wise decision for him to do an online program here.
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        by Caroline on Jan 28, 2012 at 08:38 AM in reply to ummm ok
        FYI, I did get accepted there.....LOL... but chose to get a degree elsewhere. And if someone didn't get accepted at ECU, then obviously they didn't need to go to a college that large, they needed to start at a smaller school and transfer.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    Why on earth would he choose ECU over NCSU and Belmont, thats right he wouldnt. Just because he got accepted doesnt mean he will go there.
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      by Sam on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM in reply to
      That's because East Carolina is an overall better college experience than North Carolina State. Look at the amount of people who have transferred from N.C. State to ECU, even the students and alumni from the triangle area.
  • by PROUD ECU Student on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    I think the rantings of the ignorant people who say coming to ECU was your biggest mistake is ridiculous. Just because you probably partied and drank your way through college doesn't mean everyone does. I have worked hard to become a senior in my major and am proud to be an ECU student. Why don't you look at yourself to find the reason you must not have succeeded in life (otherwise you probably wouldn't be so bitter) other than blaming ECU or others.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to PROUD ECU Student
      Just wait until you have to compete for jobs with grads from UNC and other tier 1 universities. That is the problem... People outside of Eastern NC do not know about ECU.
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        by Speak for Yourself on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM in reply to
        Myself- B.S. 1990 Biology ECU, M.D. 1996 ECU. Currently a successful practicing family physician here in suburban Philadelphia ("outside of ENC"). What's your story and where is your degree from? Why the hatred for a university that has done so much for ENC? Is it your own personal insecurities? Likely it is.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to Speak for Yourself
          As an MD you are in a very small population of ECU graduates that have national recognition and you should be very proud of your accomplishments, however our accomplishments do not speak to real issue of 29K students currently enrolled. I have lived all over the US in the military and promise you that people outside of this area (excluding die-hard college football fans and, as you stated, medicine) know very little if any about ECU. ECU graduates, who decide to remain in NC (which I am assuming is the majority of grads) are competing for jobs (within 150 miles) with outstanding universities like UNC, Duke, NCSU, Elon, William and Mary, Univ of Richmond. An ECU degree (other than an MD) is good for one who wants to work in somewhere like Tarboro, but is definitely not going to give one a heads up in terms of securing extremely strong employment when one considers everything being equal for an undergrad who just graduated given the stellar competition in this market. When competing for an entry level job outside of this area, hiring managers are not going to be in the good-ol-boy ECU network and are going to give a tier-1 grad an opportunity first based upon national reputation.
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        by Sam on Jan 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM in reply to
        Yeah that's why I have seen out of state license plates from just about every state to the north, not only in Greenville, but in the Outer Banks and Tidewater VA. To say people outside of Eastern NC don't know about ECU shows the high level of ignorance that you have.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM in reply to Sam
          I have yet to understand why personal attacks are the preferred communication in this area. Must be something in the water here. In any regard, my family and I have been to Disney World several times over the years and it was only after I moved to Jacksonville the other year that I ever heard of UCF and that was purely because I was curious about who ECU was playing in football. Just because someone is a tourist to areas over 2 hours away, does not mean they will know anything about ECU relevant enough to give an ECU alumni an advantage over tier 1 competition. Possibly the best thing for ECU is to get into a different football conference and then maybe they can expand their brand recognition.
  • by Anon on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    I just need clarification how you people think he will go for free? Nothing here said he was going to go to ECU for free.
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      by No to Scotty! on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:47 AM in reply to Anon
      Most of the tuition money is paid for by tax payers. If he goes to NC State, $8,000 of tax money supports his costs. So if he is a millionaire we are paying half his way through college! He is a 1%'er !
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        by Anon on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:52 AM in reply to No to Scotty!
        Where did you come up with "most of tuition money is paid by tax payers." I am not a 1%er and I paid every single dime of my tuition.
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          by No to Scotty! on Jan 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to Anon
          It cost the state an average of $17,000 for a full time student at NCSU. If tuition cost is $8,000, then the state and donors are on the hook for $9,000. He may pay the full tuition, but in reality tax payer money is paying the rest!
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      by Caroline on Jan 28, 2012 at 08:40 AM in reply to Anon
      The 17,000 covers tuition, room and board. The state doesn't necessarily pay a dime of any of it. Unless he gets a scholarship, he will pay it all.
  • by No to Scotty! on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    He will not go to college on my taxpayer dime. Rich people need to pay their own way! Call me a liberal hippie or whatever, it is time for social change!

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