Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)

1704 Weeksville Rd, Elizabeth City, NC

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ECSU is a public historically black institution located in Elizabeth City, NC. A majority of historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were established after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Elizabeth City State University has a yearly student enrollment of about three thousand.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs ECSU offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Education
  • Public Administration And Social Services

Students applying for admission are usually required to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Very common scores among students accepted to Elizabeth City State University are in the range of 15 - 18 on the ACT, or 1100 - 1350 for the SAT exam. An estimated 70 percent of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 35 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at ecsu.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay around $4,200, while out-of-state residents pay $15,000 per year. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is approximately $5,300. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for Elizabeth City State University is the "Vikings", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Available sports offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Football (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students who wish to learn more about Elizabeth City State University may visit their website at http://www.ecsu.edu.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students ECSU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Elizabeth City State University is about 1,600. The student body is made up of 97% undergraduate students and 17% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $2,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $2,800-$3,400
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $15,000-$18,210
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $580-$700 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $2,100-$2,600 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid97%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships96%$10,585
Receiving Student Loans64%$4,631

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Elizabeth City State University may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

Elizabeth City State University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 42%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years21%
Graduating in 5 Years16%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation (since 2007)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1992)

Intercollegiate Athletics

ECSU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Basketball (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Football (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature


Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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