Welcome to Elizabeth City State University!

For more than 125 years, Elizabeth City State University has proudly served as a premiere institution offering a wide variety of academic programs and services, fostering intellectual growth and critical thinking skills inside and outside of the classroom, and providing a nurturing campus environment that supports today’s diverse student. We boast about our one-of-a-kind, dedicated and highly-qualified faculty and staff members, who take pride in inspiring and preparing our students to become tomorrow’s leaders and to make an impact on the community, the state, and the world.

This is ECSU. Come to Discover. Leave to Conquer. 

The ECSU family is proud of its legacy and the rich history that has fortified this city and become a beacon for the future of Northeastern region of the state. With 20,000+ alumni and growing partnerships with community and business organizations, we are committed to leading the way in education and innovation, expanding our reach, and improving the economic strength of North Carolina.

With 30 undergraduate degree offerings and four graduate degree programs, research opportunities and study abroad options, the possibilities for our students are endless. Students can participate in cultural and social activities and clubs, join organizations and honor societies, and become involved in sports, arts, music, and other creative opportunities that enhance their personal growth and leadership skills. New technology-enhanced learning initiatives – like our Drone Technology and Aviation programs – give ECSU students a competitive advantage in the 21st century marketplace.

We are proud to be home of NC Promise – a statewide initiative designed to increase educational access, reduce student debt and grow the state’s economy. This fall, ECSU will be one of three state universities that will welcome its first class of students who will benefit from the lower tuition rate and the opportunity to graduate with less debt. Our commitment to access and affordability for higher education will remain a critical part of our mission.

Each year, ECSU is recognized by various higher education organizations for our commitment to providing a high-quality education that is affordable and accessible to all who seek it.  Recently, we were ranked #7 among the top ten Top Public School in the Regional College South - 2021 Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report, #11 among the top 20 Best Bang for the Buck colleges by Washington Monthly, #4 Best HBCU in nation by Black Colleges, #5 Military Friendly Schools for small public institutions and Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Schools 2021.  ECSU Rankings.

This is a great time to be a Viking! We are transforming and heading towards greater possibilities. Welcome to Elizabeth City State University.

Viking Pride

Dr. Karrie G. Dixon