Founded in 1907, East Carolina University (ECU) is the fourth largest university in North Carolina with approximately 30,000 students. As part of the school's vision to provide a welcoming and engaging community, ECU invested $160 million in replacing the previous Student Center which was originally built in 1974.
The new Main Campus Student Center is a well-needed upgrade that responds to the needs of students and staff. It is a blend of arts, hospitality, and recreation spaces. Some of the architectural features include a state-of-the-art ballroom, a gaming lounge, a jumbo outdoor screen, and a theatre equipped with retractable seating. The 14,000-square-foot ballroom is capable of accommodating around two thousand people, and the 43-foot outdoor screen is the largest video display at any student center in North Carolina. A variety of dining options are available as well, including brand name casual dining and a new bakery.