Welcome to Elizabeth City State University!

 Since 1891, Elizabeth City State University has provided access to an intellectually stimulating, high-quality, affordable education. Our close-knit environment of extraordinary teaching and scholarship graduates students that support all arenas of business.

As a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System, Elizabeth City State University expands upon the System’s mission to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society by combining rigorous teaching and leading research with technology-based instruction and flexible learning modules.


The Office of the Provost and the Division of Academic Affairs provide leadership in developing and maintaining quality academic programs and support services that contribute to the achievement of the university's mission.  ECSU strives to be recognized as a student-centered university with emphasis on excellence in teaching and learning, for its excellence in scholarly activities, and for its outstanding service and engagement with local, regional, national and global communities.


From aviation and mathematics to arts and technology, you are encouraged to explore and grow at ECSU.   

 ECSU students enjoy academic flexibility through programs that develop the knowledge they need while preserving the freedom of experiential learning. Through our several distinguished degrees in arts and sciences, selected professional and pre-professional areas and master’s degree programs, across ten colleges and schools, our students are exposed to a global education in an intimate instructional environment. Here’s some proof for you to consider!

  • The student to faculty ratio on campus is 16:1.
  • The only baccalaureate aviation degree program in North Carolina.
  • Over the last decade, ECSU has repeatedly earned national acclaim in U.S. News and World Report Magazine's ranking of best colleges in the south, as well as several other national rankings.
  • Our university support and achievement programs exemplify our commitment to challenge and expose our students to a range of academic, social, cultural and international experiences.

 Your path to success at ECSU is designed to achieve the perfect balance between knowledge and personal exploration, ensuring an experience that goes BEYOND EDUCATION. But do not worry, we have some fun here on campus too. Take a look at our array of organizations available to support your college experience and shape you into the type of well-rounded professional.


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Elizabeth City State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master's levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of ECSU.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation  

National Association of Schools of Music  

ECSU's Laboratory School is accredited by the National Association for the  Education of Young Children 

Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology


Council on Social Work Education

The university as a whole, or through components of it, has current memberships in various professional learned organizations. Memberships are held in the following: 

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of Higher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, American Library Association, Associated Collegiate Press, Association for General and Liberal Studies, Association for Institutional Research, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Association of Teacher Education Institutions, Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), College Entrance Examination Board, Colleges and University Systems Exchange (Cause), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Intercollegiate Press, Mathematics Association of America, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Cooperative Education Association, North American Association of Summer Sessions, North Carolina Association of Institutional Research, North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, North Carolina Cooperative Education Association, North Carolina Association of Summer Sessions, North Carolina Library Association, North Carolina Student Information System, Society for College and University Planning, Southern Association of College and University Business Officers, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)Southern Association of Libraries, Student Information System Users