Student Support

The School of Art and Design provides a variety of resources to support students throughout their studies here at ECU.


SoAD Little Purple Pantry

Located on the second floor of the west wing of Jenkins Fine Arts Center, the SoAD Little Purple Pantry provides access to food and personal care items to our community for those experiencing food or resource insecurity.

The SoAD Little Purple Pantry is free to use for our community. Anyone may also donate to the pantry by dropping of non-perishable food and/or personal care items to the School of Art and Design’s Main Office.

ECU also provides support to students experiencing food insecurity through the Purple Pantry, located in the Main Campus Student Center and the Health Sciences Campus Student Center. The Purple Pantry also provides Pirate Packs to students.



SoAD Art Supply Pantry

The SoAD Art Supply Pantry is located in the School’s Student Lounge, 208 Jenkins Fine Arts Center. The purpose of the pantry is to recycle new or gently used art supplies that are no longer needed by students, faculty, and community members. Donations to the pantry may be made by dropping off supplies to the Main Office.

Students in need of art supplies are free to take what they need, as well as share any supplies they no longer need.

At the end of the academic year during locker clean out (after the conclusion of Summer Session I), students may indicate that they wish to donate items in their locker by placing a special magnet (from the Main Office) on the exterior or interior of the locker. New or gently used supplies will then be placed in the Art Closet.


Financial Hardship Scholarships

The Friends of the School of Art and Design Student Financial Hardship Scholarship assists graduate or undergraduate School of Art and Design students who face financial hardships due to unforeseen or unusual circumstances that adversely affects their studies at ECU. Award of scholarship funds is made through review of applications on an as-needed basis by the School of Art and Design’s Scholarship Committee (comprised of faculty).

The first step in applying for a scholarship is to email the Director with a brief summary of the situation and current needs.

Kate Bukoski, Director, School of Art and Design —



School of Art and Design scholarships are available for future and current undergraduate and graduate students based on merit reflected in a portfolio of work and academics. Scholarships are funded by generous friends and donors to the School who believe in our School and the power of art and design education.

The due date for all scholarship applications is January 15 for all awards. These are awarded in the following academic year.

For School of Art and Design scholarships, future and current students must apply online through ECUAward. Use your PirateID and Passphrase to enter the site, where you will be directed to the Opportunities page.



Living Learning Community
For incoming undergraduate students, we offer a living learning community (LLC) housed directly next to Jenkins Fine Arts Center in Garrett residence hall. As a member of the community you will room with another art and design major, attend special programming focused on art and design, and instantly be part of a community of creative, passionate students and faculty. The 2023/2024 cohort will have a community arts focus! Come join the fun and be part of our LLC!



Support beyond the School of Art and Design

Beyond the Classroom and Studio

ECU Cares

ECU Cares offers assistance to distressed individuals, connecting them to appropriate campus resources, and reporting concerning behavior to professionals on campus. This can be a critical first step in helping the individual(s) improve and ensuring a safer campus for everyone. ECU Cares can be used to report any concerning behavior for a student, faculty, staff, or visitor.

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a liaison between students, parents, faculty, university staff and administrators to: assist with individual or group crisis; navigate campus procedures; and serve as an advocate for students, when needed. The office is the primary contact for individuals who need assistance identifying the appropriate resources available to them. In an effort to meet the individual needs of our students, the Center for Counseling and Student Development, the Department for Disability Support Services, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Legal Services, and the Student Health Services join with the Dean of Students to provide comprehensive student services and thematic programming that emphasizes personal, emotional, and academic development. These departments work in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Students by responding pro-actively to crisis, safety, wellness, and access matters. Collectively, we are committed to helping every member of our community to succeed. The East Carolina University Dean of Students Office is the central campus resource for addressing student complaints and inquires. All student issues and concerns should be filed through this office to include issues of free speech and freedom of expression. The Dean of Students Office is the official office to contact for discrimination complaints by and/or against students.

Counseling Center

ECU’s Counseling Center offers crisis and urgent support, online chats, appointments, and a variety of resources to support students.

The Center also provides resources to support others.

For urgent support call 252-328-6661. If after-hours, call and press ‘2.’ For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center

Welcome to the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center at East Carolina University. As part of the Department of Intercultural Affairs within Student Involvement and Leadership at ECU, the LGBTQ Center works in conjunction with our colleagues in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Women and Gender Office, and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement to cultivate a transformative and culturally competent community centered in intercultural learning. We strive to foster understanding and acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The Peel LGBTQ Center works each day to develop tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change.

Student Veteran Services

Student Veteran Services wants to facilitate your transition from the military to university life. We strive to provide accurate and timely information to help you navigate your Federal VA benefits and the resources available to you on campus and within the community. SVS also works to help educate the campus community to help ensure student veterans have a positive experience at ECU.



Financial Support

Students’ Treasure Chest

Students who have a financial emergency are invited to apply for a student award through the Students’ Treasure Chest. The award may help the student address an emergency situation or take advantage of an upcoming opportunity. Priority will be given to students whose future at East Carolina University may be in jeopardy.

Students and faculty members are encouraged to nominate students in need, or students may nominate themselves through the award application. Applications are received online on a continuing basis, and awards are allocated year round. Awards do not have to be paid back, but must be reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid before being given.


Academic Support

Pirate Academic Success Center (PASC)

Located on the second floor (2300 suite) of the Old Cafeteria Complex, the Pirate Academic Success Center offers free tutoring, study groups, academic skills coaching, peer academic success coaching, community tutoring, and learning communities for ECU enrolled students. Call 252-737-3009 or email to contact PASC staff or make an appointment.

To find out more about the center, watch the PASC in Action video.

University Writing Center

Grade Appeals