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Points of Pride

Mission Statement

As a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System, Elizabeth City State University offers baccalaureate, professional, and master's degrees for a diverse student body. Our mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of northeastern North Carolina, the state, and the nation.

We achieve our commitment to the highest quality education by maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence through liberal arts programs and using innovative and flexible technology-based instruction models to enhance our signature areas: integrating technology with education, improving human health and wellness, and advancing the natural and aviation sciences.

Through teaching, research, and community engagement, the institution's rich heritage and its current multicultural student-centered focus provide a firm foundation for its endeavors. This foundation serves the needs and aspirations of individuals and society, producing graduates for leadership roles and life-long learning.


Vision Statement

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.


Our Core Values

ECSU is guided by a commitment to excellence, which is exemplified in the subsequent group of core values the university strives to demonstrate and maintain.

  • Accountability - being responsible for our actions is part of the ECSU ethos. Administration, faculty, staff and students endeavor to expand continuously on the Quality already in existence at the university;
  • Diversity - Diversity of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds are critical tools of a quality education in the global marketplace;
  • Excellence - Excellence is the measure for teaching, learning, and service to the university community; and

Preparing students holistically - the full measure of personal, professional, and social development of our students, faculty, and staff is an integral part of the ECSU philosophy which is "to live is to learn."


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ECSU is an NC Promise Campus


Elizabeth City State University is a proud NC Promise campus committed to providing an affordable, high-quality education. NC Promise dramatically reduces the expense of your college education, saving students at least $7,400 in-state and $44,000 out-of-state over their 4 years at ECSU.


#3 U.S. News and World Report-Public Schools in the Regional South


U.S. News and World Report has ranked Elizabeth City State University as the third Top Public School in the Regional College South for its 2020 Best Colleges list.

In addition, U.S. News and World Report has also: 
Ranked ECSU #7 for Top Performers in Social Mobility and 
Ranked ECSU #26 for Best Regional College South. (2020) Read More. 

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#1 Most Affordable Public HBCU in the Nation 


Ranked as the most affordable public historically black college in America by Student Loan Hero, who examined data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on tuition and fees for the 2017-18 school year. Read More

2019-2020 Military Friendly School

#5  Military Friendly® School 2019-20

Ranked in the top five Military Friendly Schools for small public universities. This is the fourth time ECSU has been named to this national list of schools by Victor Media. For more than a decade, Military Friendly ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. Read More 
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#6 Best Historically Black Colleges 2020

Ranked #6 Best Historically Black Colleges 2020.  Elizabeth City State University is one of the smallest institutions in the UNC system. Like other historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina, ECSU is committed to affordable, high-quality education with core values of accountability, diversity, and excellence. Read More.  
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#7 CollegeNET, Inc. Social Mobility Innovator for 2019 


Ranked seventh in the top 12 listing of CollegeNET, Inc., Social Mobility Index.  CollegeNET, Inc., a leading provider of web-based on-demand technologies for higher education and the developer of the Social Mobility Index (SMI), named its 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Social Mobility Innovators for 2019. Read More

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#13 Washington Monthly


Ranked #13 Best Bang for the Buck School. The Washington Monthly says ECSU is one of the southeast United States’ 2019 Best Bang for the Buck colleges. According to the Washington Monthly, ECSU ranks 13th out of 266 schools listed in its annual college rankings publication. (2019). Read More. 


#1 ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band


ESPN/The Undefeated Ranks ECSU Sound of Class No. 1 Division II HBCU Band. According to ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, “Elizabeth City State, on the strength of No. 1 category finishes in musicality and drill and design, made its debut (on the rankings list) a momentous one.” (2019) Read More. 

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Military Times- Best Bet for Vets List 2020


Military Times evaluated the responses of 136 universities; ECSU ranked 84th in the nation. Institutions were evaluated based on university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies, and cost and financial aid. (2020) Read More

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U.S. Veterans Magazine Best of the Best


Named to U.S. Veterans Magazine 2018 Best of The Best Veterans-Friendly Schools. Read More

Consensus College Ranking 2018

#12 Best HBCU in the Nation


College Consensus pulls together data from numerous college ranking sites, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal and combines those results with the most reputable student reviews. (2018)

Best Colleges HBCU 2018

#19 in the Nation Among Top Ranking HBCUs


According to BestColleges.com -- 2018 rankings were determined by considering each school's academic standards, affordability, outcomes and student support. 

Niche College Ranking 2018

Top 25 HBCU in the Nation


According to Niche.com -- the 2018 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education