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East Coast Polytechnic Institute (ECPI) is a private, for-profit university. While based in Virginia Beach, Virginia; there are actually several colleges with campuses located in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Florida. The institution also offers numerous courses online.
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Overview of ECPI University
Established in 1966, ECPI University strives to provide student-centered learning environments that promote the enhancement of students’ professional and personal lives through high-quality education. The school is committed to excellence in academics, industry-driven programs, hands-on learning, the pursuit of qualified faculty members, professionalism in action, and innovation in education. Students can expect to go through a selective admission process before participating in a diverse curriculum and meaningful internship experiences.
The total student population at ECPI University is 14,353, with approximately 13,983 enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. In 2020, the school employed 416 full-time faculty members and 644 part-time faculty members, all of whom provide instruction to students. As a result, the student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. This ratio means that class sizes are relatively small, and students can expect a decent amount of support and assistance from professors.
|School Type||Private for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||11:1|
ECPI Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||N/A|
|High School Rank||N/A|
|High School Transcripts||Recommended|
|College Prep Courses||N/A|
|Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||N/A|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
ECPI Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
ECPI University strives to make college expenses both affordable and predictable. The school’s accelerated programs are designed to save students time and money. With an average graduation of just over two and a half years, graduates can enter their career fields faster and begin earning salaries sooner.
The exact cost of tuition varies significantly based on the program selected. All students are encouraged to use the institution’s free Financial Planning Tool to estimate their total tuition and fees per semester. Costs range from $4,896 to $10,912 per semester. Students should also anticipate paying a technology fee of between $342 and $540, however textbooks and electronic textbooks are provided for free. Additional fees include an application fee, registration fee, background check fee, transcript fee, and tuition deposit.
ECPI University provides some financial assistance to help students pay for their education including grants, federal loans, work-study, military tuition assistance, and veterans’ assistance. Aid is awarded based on need and mostly offered via federal programs. To help offset the cost of education, the institution also encourages prospective students to speak with their current and prospective employers. Some companies and organizations pay for employees to attend classes within their career fields.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$5,645|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||84%|
|Room & Board||$8,670|
- Tuition In-State - $16,639
- Tuition Out-of-State - $16,639
- Books and Supplies - $900
- Room & Board - $8,670
- Other - $3,306
ECPI University curriculum is designed to foster life-long learning and educational excellence. Students are encouraged to think critically, problem-solve, communicate, and work in teams. Coursework promotes hands-on, applied learning with a strong theoretical foundation that prepares students for success in most workplaces. The school also strives to ensure programs maintain rigorous academic standards with robust student support services.
Students can choose from a wide variety of in-demand degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels, as well as continuing education opportunities. Learning options range from in-seat, on campus to 100% online, with some courses combining the two. Classes are also offered in five-week terms to accommodate even the most challenging of schedules.
Available areas of study include:
- Health Science
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
The retention rate for first-time, full-time, undergraduate freshmen who began their studies in 2019 was 53%. While these numbers indicate that a slim majority of students enrolled at the university were happy with their overall experience and chose to return for another year, it’s important to realize that this is below the national average retention rate of 68%.
The institution is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This status includes all campuses, as all sites are evaluated during reviews for the reaffirmation of accreditation.
Student Population Total
Student Population 13,487
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Computer Information Science Majors||399 Total Graduates / 35%|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance||31 Graduates|
|Computer Programming, Specific Applications||83 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||266 Total Graduates / 23%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||15 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||97 Graduates|
|Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer||17 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||205 Total Graduates / 18%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||114 Graduates|
|Restaurant/Food Services Management||27 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems and Services, Other||18 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||170 Total Graduates / 15%|
|Automation Engineer Technology/Technician||107 Graduates|
|Computer/Computer Systems Technology/Technician||51 Graduates|
|Mechanical/Mechanical Engineering Technology/Technician||12 Graduates|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services||104 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||98 Graduates|
|Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis||6 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||0%|
Outcome & Salary
Of the full-time students who were pursuing bachelor’s degrees in fall 2014 at ECPI University, 37% graduated within four years and 39% graduated within six years.
Some top companies and organizations that have chosen to hire ECPI University graduates include:
- American Airlines
- Bank of America
- Duke University Hospital
- Library of Congress
- US Department of Defense
- Whole Foods
|College Grads Early Career Salary||NA|
|College Grads Average Salary||$62,837|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||NA|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$628,370|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||NA|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$80,864|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$547,506|
|20 Year Projected ROI||NA|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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