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The Summer School Program


The Summer School Program, in support of the mission of Elizabeth State University (ECSU), is committed to educating and preparing individuals for Baccalaureate Degree programs in the arts and sciences, selected professional and pre-professional areas, and Master's Degree Programs in Elementary Education, Biology, School Administration and Mathematics. ECSU offers a challenging and supportive environment that prepares its students for knowledgeable, responsible participation and leadership in an ever-changing, technologically advanced global society. The University promotes excellence in teaching as its primary responsibility for meeting the needs of the students and citizens of the state. Through its teaching, research and community outreach, the University seeks to identify and address the needs of northeastern North Carolina with particular attention to supporting its environmentally sensitive economic development.


The goal of the Summer School Program is to offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses needed by the greatest number of ECSU students in fulfilling their general education and degree requirements. In addition to regular day-time courses, offerings include a variety of distance learning and evening courses.

The two (5) five-week summer sessions at Elizabeth City State University has a three-fold purpose. First, it offers an opportunity for college students to take special courses not normally available during the academic year to broaden their academic approach. Secondly, it serves previously enrolled students in the University who desire to hasten their acquisition of college degrees or to gain additional credits toward completion of their class standings. Third, it provides to incoming freshmen an opportunity to adapt themselves to the academic demands of college in an environment that is relatively free of the usual pressures of extra-curricular activities. The ten-week wrap-around session gives students the option of a more lengthy session for the mastery of more difficult courses.

A complete listing of course names, numbers and course call numbers, used for Web registration; is included in the Summer School marketing materials. Descriptions of the courses are found in the University Catalog. For more information, visitors the university Web page at:

The Summer School Brochure is printed annually and contains general information on admission to the University, the summer school session calendar, course loads and records, tuition and fees etc. Please consult the summer school site (above) for policies and procedures, course cancellations, withdrawal/refund policy, drop and add policy, financial aid, on-campus housing, dining services, parking, bookstore, post office, library, student health services, and class attendance policy.

Summer Course Load

A maximum course load for students is six (6) semester hours during each five (5) week session. A maximum number of hours that can be taken during the summer is twelve (12).

Program expectations

All new students who are admitted to Summer School must meet the same general entrance requirements as the students admitted to the regular academic year program.

Transfer and unclassified students who plan to attend ECSU for the first time (who are not continuing academic year students) must apply for admission to the University in time to fulfill the requirements for acceptance at least one week prior to the date of registration. Visiting or transient students must present a letter of permission from the institution where they intend to receive their degree, approving their enrollment in Summer School at ECSU.

The schedule of classes, instructional formats, program designs, and faculty and staff office hours have been conveniently established with our students' best interests in mind. Academic support services are also offered during the summer through our advisors and counselors along with career development and academic counseling. A small student-faculty ratio makes possible an intimate classroom environment. The short length of the summer session, provides an opportunity for students to take courses at approximately one-half the cost per semester hour as during the academic year. Thus, considerable savings are possible to the student who completes his or her degree requirements in three years by going to two or three summer sessions. To a large extent the summer session is a projection of the academic year. Regular ECSU professors and an impressive adjunct faculty provide the instruction, and the course content and academic standards in all courses are the same as in regular semesters. However, there are some basic differences that give the Summer School a distinct character of its own.

ECSU's campus is full of activities during the summer months with fall incoming freshmen participating in student orientation, advising, financial aid and the registration process. A number of workshops, seminars, symposia and institutes supported by local, state, and federal agencies are held on campus during the summer. These activities facilitate the successful integration of students into the academic and social components of the campus environment. During the summer, the facilities of the University are also utilized by a variety of programs to include NC-MSEN, Upward Bound, VA- NC LSAMP Program, MODEL Scholars Program, etc. which bring hundreds of students of all ages with diversified interests to ECSU.

Program Administration

The Summer Program is a formal part of ECSU through which the teaching, service, and research activities along with the curricula are coordinated during the summer session. The diverse Summer Session student body includes: continuing and newly-admitted ECSU students, visiting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States and around the world, and professionals and others continuing their education.

The Summer Program Director is administratively responsible to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs through the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.The Director works in close cooperation with the various constituent parts of the University to implement the Summer Program in conjunction with the various support services of the University. The Summer School Advisory Committee provides input to the Director for the purpose of program governance. The Summer School Program is affiliated with the regional (NCASS) and national groups of the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS).

For more information regarding the Summer School Program at Elizabeth City State University, call (252)335-3670 or visit our website at