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Welcome Future Students

Girls on campusWelcome to Elizabeth City State University!

Since 1891, ECSU has been educating minds, building character and improving the quality of life for our area of the country and wherever our graduates go. From our beginnings as a teacher's college to our role as a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system, ECSU has been a leader in academic excellence.

Whether you are at the top of your high school class, a student who studies hard but doesn't make the highest grades, or an adult making the decision to earn your bachelor's or master's degree, ECSU has academic programs, support services and opportunities beyond the classroom to prepare you for future success.
We offer:

  • 31 baccalaureate degrees and four master's degrees
  • Rigorous and innovative classes in the sciences, technology, humanities, education and the arts, including our signature programs ─ aviation and pharmacy.
  • Study abroad. Visit our schools and department page to learn more about our academic offerings.
  • A holistic approach to education in a student-focused environment. We impart both knowledge but also nurture our students, where necessary and appropriate.
  • Diverse student activities, which offer opportunities for leadership development, community service and cultural awareness.

ECSU is a good choice if you’re interested in learning and growing, and we’re not the only ones saying it.

Between 1999 and 2014, ECSU repeatedly earned national acclaim in U.S. News and World Report Magazine's ranking of best colleges in the south. The U.S. News and World Report's 2015 edition of Best Colleges ranked ECSU #2 in the publication's category of Top Public Schools (Regional Colleges in the South). For the third consecutive year, Washington Monthly's (2012, 2013, and 2014 college issue) ranked ECSU #1 among baccalaureate colleges.

Visit our beautiful, tree-lined campus here in Elizabeth City, known as the Harbor of Hospitality. Come see how ECSU can help you elevate higher and emerge stronger. If you already know that ECSU is the place for you, please apply now.

Thank you for considering ECSU as your institution of choice.