Main Campus Student Center


Opening in January 2019, the Main Campus Student Center is a sprawling 210,000 square foot facility that is a visual representation of East Carolina University’s connection to people and industry of Eastern North Carolina, the City of Greenville, and our Pirate traditions.


Serving as the premier location for the campus community, the new student center carries forward many of the traditional facilities of the past combined within a more modern appearance with some of the following new highlights:

  • Dowdy Student Store
  • New Retail Spaces
  • 14,000 square foot Ballroom
  • Black Box Theater
  • 24 x 42 foot Pirate Vision Digital Display
  • Six Dining Options including Starbucks and Au Bon Pain
  • Home to the LGBT Resource Center and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
  • Multiple lounges, study rooms, and new gaming center



What’s Inside

Campus Dining

Multiple dining options will exist in the new Main Campus Student Center for students, faculty, staff, and guests to enjoy. Panda Express, currently located in the Mendenhall Student Center, will relocate to the new building and will be joined by a full service Starbucks, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Au Bon Pain Cafe & Bakery, a new burger concept eatery, as well as an ice cream and smoothie store.

Programs & Services

The new center will continue to serve as the home to the unit of Student Involvement& Leadership. Programming areas include Student Activities & Organizations, Intercultural Affairs (Jesse Peel LGBT Resource Center and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center), Leadership & Service-Learning, Greek Life, and the Crow’s Nest Game Room. Services include Central Ticket Office, Dowdy Student Stores, and Central Reservations which will serve the greater university community.

Transit & Parking

While both visitor and faculty, staff, and student parking is available, the student centers construction project will impact the parking on the Main Campus. The Mendendhall parking area, including lots WC 8, 9, 15, 18, 29, 30, 31 off of 10th street, will close during the duration of the project to accommodate construction vehicles and deliveries. During this time ECU Transit will provide increased bus service to and from Main Campus, various parking lots, and other points throughout the City of Greenville.

Lounges & Rooms

The new Main Campus Student Center will provide a number of spaces for faculty, staff, students, and guests to engage in dialogue, study, and relax. Along with a 14,000 square Grand Ballroom, there are nine meeting rooms of various sizes located throughout the student center. Along with a number of lounges, the 10,000 square foot Commons serves as student center’s central artery and gathering spot.

Pirate Vision

Unique to East Carolina University, the new Main Campus Student Center will be home to Pirate Vision, a 24 x 42 foot outdoor jumbo digital display. The screen will be used to show films, simulcast live television programs, and will showcase pirate sporting events. Pirate Vision will be on the north side of the center facing Joyner Library and a newly landscaped lawn.

View the Live Construction

View the Live Construction Time-Lapse


Student Involvement & Leadership

As part of the Division of Student Affairs, Student Involvement & Leadership is home to five departments: Student Activities and Organizations, Greek Life, Leadership and Service-Learning, Intercultural Affairs and Student Centers; two programs: Student Activities Board and Student Government Association; and two centers: the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the Jesse Peel LGBT Resource Center.

Mission & Learning Priorities:
Developing Inclusive and Innovative Communities.

  • Identity development
  • Effective leadership
  • Understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences
  • Connect knowledge to other knowledge, ideas, and experiences


What People are Saying

“The student centers are not only going to be an incredible resource and luxury for students on the Main and Health Sciences campuses, but they are also living proof of East Carolina University’s commitment to student success, and transforming this region.”

– Carson Pierce, 2016, BS Communication, BA Political Science



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207 Mendenhall Student Center