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Study at Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University, also referred to as ECSU, is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States. This is a historically black university founded in the year 1891. The North Carolina General Assembly played a vital role in its establishment. It gained university status in the year 1969. ECSU is organized into four degree-granting schools, which are:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education and Psychology
  • School of Mathematics, Science and Technology
Elizabeth City State University's athletic teams are better known as the Vikings. The men's teams participate in cross country, track and field, basketball, baseball, golf, and football. The women's teams compete in bowling, basketball, track and field, cross country, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Profile of Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State is in a town not particularly near any major cities, in Elizabeth City, NC. The school is classified as a public college. Students at Elizabeth City State earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The most common major fields study at the school include music, science, mathematics, computer science and engineering, and security and law enforcement.

Elizabeth City State Selectivity

Elizabeth City State does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 360 to 450 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 380 and 480.


Some professors at Elizabeth City State are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at the school are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

Elizabeth City State, in 2007, had 3, 061 students (2, 778 full-time equivalent). A larger than average share of the students at the school are minorities.

Student Life

Most students at Elizabeth City State attend full-time. The school is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association for major sports.

Elizabeth City State Tuition and Affordability

Degree seekers find Elizabeth City State to be more affordable than many of its peers.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Elizabeth City State University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, offers baccalaureate programs in the arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional areas, as well as master's degrees in selected disciplines. Originally an institution for African-American students, the university's rich heritage provides a strong background for its increasingly multicultural Student Enrolment. By providing a challenging, student-centered learning environment, the university prepares its students for responsible participation and leadership in an ever-changing world. Through teaching, research, and community outreach, the university is a valuable resource for developing the intellectual capital of the state and the nation and for addressing the environmentally sensitive economic needs of northeastern North Carolina. "

Elizabeth City State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management88business management, accounting
Education and Teaching53elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, middle school teaching, history teaching, biology teaching, mental retardation education, math teaching, education of learning disabled, . . .
Liberal Arts52sociology, English, history, political science
Security and Law Enforcement39criminal justice and safety
Science35biology, oceanography, physics, geology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering21computer science
Family and Social Work20social work
Therapy and Counselling13psychology
Media12communication studies
Engineering Technician11industrial tech, engineering technician
Mathematics7mathematics, applied mathematics
Music7music management, music
Fine Arts4fine arts
Transportation4aviation tech
Design2graphic design

Contact: Elizabeth City State

Elizabeth City State University

1704 Weeksville Rd

Elizabeth City, NC 27909

General Phone: (252) 335-3400


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