Common Questions and Answers


Your college experience at Elizabeth City State University begins with New Student Orientation (NSO).  All new students are required to attend NSO or Transfer Student Orientation.  The one day orientation will prepare you for the transition to collegiate life and will enhance your success during your first year of college.  During orientation you will plan your academic schedule, register for classes, attend meetings, and become acquainted with ECSU students, staff, and faculty.

Parents/Guardians are invited to participate in special sessions designed to help you become familiar with the university and to aid in your son’s and/or daughter’s transition to college life.


NTSO Dates

  • Fall 2017
    • New Student Orientation Friday, June 23, 2017 (first time freshman)
    • Transfer Student Orienation Thursday, July 13, 2017
    • New Student Orientation Friday, July 14, 2017 (first time freshman)
    • New & Transfer Student Orientation Friday, August 11, 2017 (both first time freshman and transfer students
  • Spring 2018
    • New & Transfer Student Orientation Friday, January 5, 2018 (both first time freshman and transfer students)

Will I Need to take the Placement Test?

Students are required to take a writing assessment during orientation for placement into appropriate English courses.  SAT/ACT scores will be used to determine your placement into appropriate math courses.


When Should I Arrive?
Can I Stay on Campus?

All students and parents/guardians should report to the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center to check-in for Orientation between 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  You will receive a detailed schedule of the day during check-in.


When Will the Program End?
Your New Student Orientation program will end at 5:00 p.m.


Is There a Fee for Orientation?

There is a $110 Orientation Fee that must be paid by each student.
This fee is nonrefundable and must be paid prior to attending your orientation program.
A link for on-line payment will be sent to each registrant.

  • An ECSU Spirit SWAG, Orientation Materials, Continental Breakfast, and Lunch are provided for each students registered for NTSO.
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch ar provided for up to two (2) guests.


Whom Do I Contact Regarding Disability Services?

Students requiring assistance or Disability Services during New & Transfer Student Orientation, and the academic year, due to physical, psychological, and/or learning disabilities should register with Mrs. Felecia Brown, Counseling & Testing Center, 500 Griffin Hall, (252) 335-3642 or (252) 335-3273.

To receive appropriate accommodations during Orientation, please contact us at least ten business days prior to your scheduled orientation session. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist you.


Music Majors
If you are planning to major in music, auditions are required and will be held on the day of your scheduled NSO session. Please contact the music department (252) 335-3359, Fine Arts Center 226.


What Lodging Is Available in the Area?

Campus housing is not available during New Student Orientation; however, there are several hotels in or near Elizabeth City.

Accommodations most convenient to the University are:

    Best Western Plus (252) 331-7751  
    Days Inn    (252) 335-4316     800-329-7466
    Fairfield Inn & Suites (252) 333-1003  
    Holiday Inn Express (252) 338-8900
    Hampton Inn (252) 333-1800 800-426-7866
    Quality Inn (252) 338-3951  


 When Can I Move in to my Residence Hall?

On-Campus: Students living on campus are able to check into their Residence Hall on Friday, August 11, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

If you have signed up to participate in the August 11, 2017 New & Transfer Student Orientation program you will be allowed to move into you residence hall AFTER Orientation ends.


How Do I Get to Elizabeth City?

By Car:   US Highway 17 and 158 come to Elizabeth City. For driving directions, call 1-800-347-3278 or log into our web site at

By Bus:   Trailways Bus Line serves the city.

By Plane:   Norfolk International (ORF) is approximately 50 miles from Elizabeth City – ORF is the nearest airport to ECSU.


Telephone Numbers You May Need

University staff members are available and anxious to help and to answer your questions.  Please contact the appropriate office if you need assistance.

Admissions                                                  (252) 335-3305 / 1-800-347-3278

Business & Finance                                 (252) 335-3220

Commuter Student Service               (252) 335-3587

Counseling & Testing                              (252) 335-3273

Financial Aid                                               (252) 335-3283 / 1-800-529-8146

Health Services                                          (252) 335-3267

Housing & Residence Life                    (252) 335-3761

New Student Orientation                     (252) 335-3276

Registrar’s Office                                       (252) 335-3300

Special Needs/Disability Services   (252) 335-3642

Student Accounts                                      (252) 335-3566

Student Affairs                                            (252) 335-3276

Transfer Student Advisor                      (252) 335-3474

University Police (Parking)                    (252) 335-3265


For other campus phone numbers call (252) 335-3400 and press 9 for the operator.