Location & Contact Information

1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
Main Phone: (252) 335-3400 or (800) 347-ECSU
Main Contact: Monette Williams

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Elizabeth City State University

     ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, will be the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university will attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that will educate and lead our students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU will continue to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region.
Elizabeth City State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, offers baccalaureate, graduate, and professional programs for a diverse student body. The institution's rich heritage provides a firm foundation for its educational endeavors, as well as its role in serving the needs and aspirations of individuals and society.
     Through teaching, research, and community engagement, Elizabeth City State University provides a student-centered environment, delivered in a manner that enhances student learning, while preparing its graduates for leadership roles and lifelong learning. The university is also a leader in facilitating sustainable economic growth, while safeguarding the unique culture and natural resources of the region.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 3240
Graduate Population: 67
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $3829
Out of State Tuition: $13572
Room & Board: $6283
Applications Due: Rolling Admissions ($30)
Mascot: Vikings
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 44%
Percent Women: 56%

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Majors Offered

School of Arts & Humanities
Department of Art
Department of History & Political Science
Department of Language, Literature & Communication
Department of Music
Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work

School of Business & Economics
Department of Accounting
Department of Business Administration
Small Business and Technology Development Center

School of Education & Psychology
Department of Education
   •Teacher Education
Department of Health & Physical Education
Department of Psychology
ECSU Laboratory School
Viking Fellows Program
University/School Partnerships
2+2 Teacher Preparation Partnership

School of Math, Science & Technology
Department of Biology
Department of Chemistry, Geology & Physics
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Department of Pharmacy & Health Professions
   •UNC-Chapel Hill/ECSU Doctor of Pharmacy Partnership Program
Department of Technology
   •Aviation Science Program

Graduate Programs
•Elementary Education
•School Administration

Office of Continuing Education
Office of Distance Education
Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Assessment
Office of SACS Compliance & Reaffirmation
Office of Sponsored Programs
Office of Summer School Programs
Office of The Weekend and Evening College

Academic Support Programs/Services
G. R. Little Library
Department of General Studies
   •First Year Experience Program (FYE)
   •Tutorial Services
   •Academic Support Center
Department of Military Science
University Honors Program
Center for Teaching Excellence
Upward Bound
Student Support Services
Ronald E. McNair Program
Talent Search Program
Mathematics and Science Enrichment Network (MSEN) Pre- College Program

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Marching Band, Pep Band, Radio Station, Sororities
College History
     Elizabeth City State University was founded on March 3, 1891 when House Bill 383 of the North Carolina General Assembly established a normal school for the specific purpose of "teaching and training teachers of the colored race to teach in the common schools of North Carolina." The bill was sponsored by Hugh Cale, an African-American representative from Pasquotank County. Between 1891 and 1928, curricula and resources were expanded under the leadership of teacher Peter W. Moore. Enrollment increased from 23 to 355 and the faculty from two to 15 members by the time Dr. Moore retired as President Emeritus on July 1, 1928.
      Under the leadership of the second president, John Henry Bias, the institution was elevated from a two-year normal school to a four-year teachers college (1937). The institution's name was officially changed to Elizabeth City Teachers College on March 30, 1939 and the mission was expanded to include training elementary school principals for rural and city schools. The first Bachelor of Science degrees in elementary education were awarded in May of 1939.
      Between 1959 and 1963, the number of majors increased from one major, elementary education, to 12 academic majors. The college was granted membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in December 1961 and maintains its accreditation with that body to the present. In 1963, the General Assembly changed the institution's name from Elizabeth City State Teachers College to Elizabeth City State College and on July 1, 1969, the college became Elizabeth City State University. In 1971, the General Assembly redefined the University of North Carolina system with 16 public institutions. Including ECSU, those institutions are constituents of The University of North Carolina (July 1972).
      Currently, ECSU offers 36 baccalaureate degree programs and four master's degree programs in Elementary Education, Biology, Mathematics and School Administration. ECSU also offers a doctor of pharmacy degree in collaboration with the Eshelman School of Pharmacy (UNC- Chapel Hill). ECSU has earned national acclaim for its academic advances: In 2007, Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked ECSU #1 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities for its black male student athlete graduation rate.      Between 1999 and 2010, ECSU repeatedly earned national acclaim in U.S. News and World Report Magazine's ranking of best colleges in the south. In 2010, ECSU ranked second in the magazine's category of Best colleges: Top Public Schools: Regional Colleges (South) and 17th among 35 Historically Black Colleges and University's evaluated.
      In 2000, ECSU began designing capital improvement projects funded by $46.3 million from the state's Higher Education Bond Referendum. The results were a Physical Education/Field House (2003), University Suites, a residence hall (2004), the Walter N. Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex (2005). Viking Village, a student residence hall adjacent to the campus main entry, resulted from a university-private partnership (September 2004). In July 2004, the NC General assembly allotted $428 million to construct facilities for the Pharmacy Complex which opened in the fall of 2010.Construction of the Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex began in July 2010 and is expected to be completed in December 2011. Construction of a new three-story residence hall began in May 2011 and is expected to be complete in late summer 2012.
     Since 2005, ECSU student athletes have earned a respectable collection of championship trophies in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association: the softball and baseball teams (2005); basketball (Vikings 2007); volleyball (Lady Vikings 2008) and bowling (Lady Vikings 2009). ECSU teams also won three CIAA Eastern Division titles: football (Vikings 2006 and 2008); basketball (Lady Vikings 2007); volleyball (Lady Vikings 2007).
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News and Upcoming Events at Elizabeth City State University

167th ECSU Commencement Ceremony Saturday, Dec. 8
Photo: 167th ECSU Commencement keynote speaker, Venessa Harrison. The 167th Elizabeth City State University Commencement is about to happen ...
Elizabeth City State University Reduces Tuition For In-State and Out-Of-State Students
In a commitment to make the university experience affordable and accessible to all, Elizabeth City State was one of three universities chosen by the ...
ECSU Graduate Named President-elect of Student National Dental Association
An Elizabeth City State University graduate, and Elizabeth City native, Akeadra Bell, a third-year student at the ECU School of Dental Medicine ...
HBCUs Ranked by Washington Monthly's September/October 2012 issue
Washington Monthly, September/October 2012: College Rankings Issue. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Rankings Among l ...
Vikings News: TowneBank donates $5, 000 to ECSU for 125th anniversary
The ECSU Division of Institutional Advancement is preparing for the university’s 125th anniversary. TowneBank is one of the first corporate supporters ...
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