Summer Programs and Camps

Summer enrichment Programs and Camps


Every summer, ECSU offers academic enrichment camps for middle and high school students on the ECSU campus. Programs include a wide variety of topics ranging from science, aerospace, math, robotics, reading, transportation and more. Campers make new friends and experience life on a college campus in a safe, fun learning environment.


Upward Bound Scholars Academy

  • 9th-12th Grades
  • June 17-July 5
  • (Non-Residential)

Contact: Quay Dozier 252-335-3368,, or Kimberly Stanley 252-335-3370,

Upward Bound Scholars Academy

  • 9th-12th Grades
  • July 15 – August 9
  • (Residential)
  • FREE

The Residential component of the Upward Bound is designed to generate in its participants, the skills and motivation necessary to persist in, enter into and complete a program of secondary and post-secondary education. The summer instructional component is a four week intensive academic, vocational and social development program, designed to establish and maintain excellence in education. Students receive the opportunity to live on the university campus and participate in academic and cultural activities which provide students with insights and experiences that will generate the motivation necessary to proceed with their education.

Contact: Quay Dozier 252-335-3368,, or Kimberly Stanley 252-335-3370,

Intensive Math and Writing Boot Camp

STEM Computer Science Camp

  • 9th and 10th Grades
  • FREE

The Non Residential component of the Upward Bound Program is designed to strengthen the math, reading and writing skills.  Additionally, students will be exposed to STEM and Computer Science concepts that will deepen their knowledge of the area and assist them with developing/using critical thinking and inquiry-based learning skills.


 National Summer Transportation Institute at ECSU

  • Rising 11th and 12th graders
  • June 9 – July 8
  • Deadline to Apply May 25
  • FREE

The STI program at ECSU is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is in its 20th year. The goal of the program is to expose high school students to careers in transportation and how STEM training is the key to obtain theses careers. The four-week program covers topics in physics, electronics, programming, computer-aided-design, and mathematics. Lectures are complimented by weekly field trips and guest speakers. The theme of this summer’s STI program is Designing and Programming Robotic Ground Vehicles.

Contact: Dr. Kuldeep S. Rawat, 252-340-3446,, and Dr. Ellis E. Lawrence, 252-335-3846.

NSTI – Middle School

  • Rising 7th and 8th graders
  • July 1 – 26
  • Deadline to Apply is June 1 or until capacity met
  • FREE

The National Summer Transportation Institute is geared to introducing STEM careers in transportation. Our program will impact middle school students by providing career awareness and learning experiences that focus on transportation and related courses of study. Students will enroll in five classes; Enhancement, STEM, Entrepreneurship, Career Exploration, and Project Designing. During this four-week period, students will be exposed to rigorous hands- on, inquiry-based activities and lab experiences in STEM. The summer session will include field trips and other activities that incorporate self-discovery, cooperative learning, goal setting, career exploration, as well as academic/career advising.

Contact: Antonio Rook, 252-335-3709,

The National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

  • Rising freshmen who intend to enroll at ECSU and plan to major in science, technology, engineering technology or math.
  • July 7 – 12
  • Deadline to Apply is June 15
  • FREE

The Virginia – North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation chapter of Elizabeth City State University is a one week, structured pre-college enrichment program tailored for rising college freshmen.   Boot camp participants develop and strengthen the skills and knowledge needed for success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Contact: Colby Hunter, 252-335-3149,

 VESTEMic Sophomore Bridge Program “SBP”

  • Rising Sophomores
  • July 7-12
  • Deadline to Apply is June 28
  • FREE

One week residential boot camp for Sophomore STEM majors. First-Year Survival Workshops, Library orientation, critical thinking, computational skills, IDP, overview of plans of study, Blackboard – course management system, study skills, time management, health and wellness.

Contact: Raynard Townsel, 252-335-2913,

Summer Band Camp (2019)

  • New and Returning Students
  • July 28-August 11
  • Deadline to apply is August 6

Summer Band Camp is used as an enrichment program to condition the mind, body, and musical aptitude of the ECSU "Sound of Class" Marching Band.

Contact: Juliet M. Boykins, 252-537-2779.

CASER-ECSU (Comprehensive Academic Scaffolding to Enhance Retention of minority STEM students at ECSU)

  • Four Week Summer Bridge Program
  • High school students accepted and committed to join ECSU in the fall semester
  • $1,200 stipend (Register for fall classes at ECSU at the completion of the summer bridge program) 

Bridge program modules are well-structured, integrated and comprehensive that include discussions on scientific literacy, critical thinking & study skills with activities that promote cognitive processing of information and problem-solving strategies with the goal of strengthening independent learning. In addition, during the four weeks period, students will attend intensive classes in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and will be encouraged to attend first year orientation and will be trained in the various online learning platforms students encounter as first year students. 

Contact:  Dr. Eyualem Abebe,, 252-335-3236 |  Ms. Sheryl Bradford,  252.335.3270 | 
Dr. Tesfaye Serbessa, .

4-Week Coding Institute

Collaboration with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Science  Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) and Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research(CERSER)

  • Undergraduate students majoring in computer science or computer engineering (or related fields) who have an interest in the design and maintenance of science gateways.
  • June 23-28
  • Ten participants will be selected for the Coding Institute. 
  • Participants of the Coding Institute will receive a weekly stipend of $500 plus funding for transportation and housing.
  • Apply online by March 15  (

The goal of this institute is to cover the core skills needed to be productive in the design and maintenance of science gateways. The program will be presented as short tutorials alternated with practical experiences, and all instruction will be done via live coding. 

Contact:  Dr. Linda Bailey Hayden, 252.335.3696, 

NASA Aerospace/Aviation Academy

  • 9th-12th Grade
  • June 23 - 28
  • Apply online by March 15
  • FREE

The NASA-ECSU Aerospace/Aviation Career Academy (Residential) program at ECSU is an exciting hands-on, week-long aviation program for high school students. Conducted by the Aviation Science program, the camp has focuses on aviation, aeronautical science, flight theory, airplanes as a vehicle, aviation history, STEM concepts as it relates to aviation, socio-economic benefits of aviation and aviation careers. This academy is funded through NASA and NCDOT/NC Division of Aviation grant.

Contact:  Dr. Kuldeep S. Rawat, 252-335-3846, | Mr. Orestes Gooden, 252-335-3822, 

ECSU Drone Exploration Academy

The goal of the Drone Exploration Academy (Residential) is to capitalize on the increasing popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as Drones, to spark student interest and provide an experiential learning opportunity (ELO) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through hands-on project activities, students will be engaged real-world engineering design and scientific investigation using drones. The academy is funded through grants from NASA and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant.

Summer Cheer Camp (Hosted by the ECSU D'Lytes)

  • Youth Ages 5 to 13
  •  July 29- July 31
  • Apply by July 10
  • Cost: $30 

Three days of cheer fundamentals and activities.  Participants will work on motions, jumps, facials and learn cheers and dances.  A final performance will be showcased on the last day for parents/guardians to see. 

Contact: Coach Sylvia and Coach Dee,   or (631) 346 - 7438. 


Athletic Summer Camps: There are no 2019 athletic summer camps.