Academic Support Services
  • Freshman Pinning

    Freshman Pinning


  • Freshman Archway Walk

    Freshman Archway Walk


  • Peer Tutoring

    Peer Tutoring


  • Academic Advising

    Academic Advising


  • Major Fusion

    Major Fusion


  • Major Exploration

    Major Exploration


  • Freshman Seminar

    Freshman Seminar


Office of Student Success and Retention

The Office of Student Success and Retention supports the university goals of retention and persistence through providing academic supports and early intervention strategies that promote student success. This office is comprised of three significant areas crucial to the mission of the institution.  These areas are: Advising (First-Year & Transfer), Tutorial and Academic Support Services, and Retention.  The Office of Student Success and Retention provides not only First Year Experience activities to engage new students, but also provides a myriad of workshops and activities for all students at the institution.

The Elizabeth City State University General Education Program oversees curriculum that aligns with national best practices that prepare and empower students within and beyond their chosen major.  Students enroll in a series of courses that broaden their knowledge base and emphasize high-level transferable skills, instill a strong sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement for responsible global citizenship. High impact practices are also a major focus of the program, including freshman seminars, service learning, academic advising, student portfolios, and learning communities.

General Education Clearance Form

Academic Advising at Elizabeth City State University is a collaborative and ongoing partnership between students and their advisors to develop and track students’ educational plans and career goals.  As a student-centered process, academic advising helps to teach and develop students as they understand and navigate the University’s academic rules, regulations, and requirements. Faculty, staff and students have a joint responsibility of ensuring the advising partnership is successful.


Every first-year student is advised by a First-Year Advisor in the Office of Student Success and Retention. First-Year Advisors assigned based on academic departments.  Below are the current first year advisors and the departments they advise for. First-year student may contact the Coordinator for Academic Advising if they have any questions.

Susan Bates

Lyteshia Riddick

Malcolm Watts

Dana Poole

Dana Chandler


Criminal Justice

Business Administration



Social Work




**GEAR UP Students


Elementary Education

Sport Management



Computer Science

Special Education

Digital Media








Engineering Tech

Sustainability Studies




*Interdisciplinary Studies

Pharmaceutical Science

Graphic Design



*Homeland Security





Unmanned Air Systems (UAS)





Emergency Management






*Online Degree

**Special cohort of students


Coordinator of Academic Advising:

Susan Bates


TRANSFER ADVISING: All new transfer students are advised by a major advisor within the student’s academic department. Transfer students in their first year have a Transfer Coordinator to assist in connecting students with their academic advisor.

Transfer Coordinator:

Reshema Combs


READMIT/RETURNING ADVISING: All readmit/returning students are advised by a major advisor within the student’s academic department. You are also assigned a Retention Specialist to assist you as you return to the institution. This specialist will assist you during your re-enrollment process.  The specialist will also connect you to your academic advisor.

Retention Specialist/Readmit Coordinator:

Keisha Hill


UPPERCLASSMEN:  All Continuing students are advised by a major advisor within the student’s academic department. Please contact your academic department for advisor information.

If you are unsure of your advisor information, please email

Transfer students are supported through transitional services such as coordination of academic advising, seminars, information exchange, and academic engagement opportunities.

Transfer Advising/Services

The Office of Student Success and Retention Peer Tutorial Program has the sole purpose of strengthening student academics.  The Peer Tutorial Program at ECSU seeks to improve the matriculation rate of students in all courses.  Students have the option to participate in individualized or group tutoring.  Online tutoring is also available. 

Instructions to Request Tutoring:

  • Log into E4U
  • Select Get Assistance (Top Right)
  • Select Tutoring in the 1st and 2nd Drop Down Box, then Click Next
  • Location Online or Moore Hall, Pick Tutor you would like tutoring from or Select the Coordinator’s Name Nikki Smith , Click Next
  • Select a Time, then Click Next
  • In Comments Box type in the Course/Subject you need tutoring in and a working phone number (optional)
  • Confirm Appointment

Click here to view information about our peer tutors.

Tutoring is available for the following courses:

AVI 370 Aviation Res Methods & Stats
ART 130 Art Appreciation
AVI 100 Intro to Aviation
AVI 230 Aviation Management
AVI 260 Avi Human Factors and Safety
AVI 270 AVI Legislation and Ethics
AVI 275 Aircraft Systems I
AVI 314 Aviation Meteorology

BIOL 101 Biology for Majors I
BIOL 102 Biology for Majors II
BIOL 341 Microbiology

Business Administration
BUAD 200 Business Communications
BUAD 115 Introduction to Business
BUAD 190 Management Information Systems

CHEM 101 General Chemistry
CHEM 102 General Chemistry
CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry

Computer Science
CSC 115 Programming I
CSC 218 Data Struc Algorithm Analysis
CSC 230 Java Programming
CSC 315 Programming Languages
CSC 335 Introduction to Web Design
CSC 410 Net- Centric Computing
CSC210 C++ Programming

MATH 114 Math of Liberal Arts
MATH 115 College Algebra
MATH 115 College Algebra
MATH 118 Precalculus
MATH 351 Linear Algebra
MATH 165 Calculus of Single Variable I
MATH 265 Calculus of Single Variable II
MATH 350 Number Theory

ENG 102 Composition I
ENG 103 Composition II
ENGL 201 World Literature I
ENGL 202 World Literature II

Flight Education
FLT 110 Private Pilot Ground
FLT 320 Instrument Ground
FLT 330 Commercial Ground

HIST 140 World Civilization I

HLTH 369 Principles of Nutrition
HLTH 465 Drug Education
HLTH185 Health Concepts

KIN 300 Exercise Physiology
KIN 399 Applied Tech in Strength and Conditioning
KIN 401 Motor Learning Motor Behavior
KIN 448 Exercise Prescription
KIN370 Kinesiology

MUS 212 African American in Music

Pharmaceutical Science
PHSC 201 Foun of Pharmaceutical Science

PHYS 181 Physics I
PHYS 182 Physics II

PSY 212 General Psychology
PSY 221 Professional Perspect. In Psych
PSY 330 Psychology of Personality
PSY 351 Experimental Psychology
PSY201 Development Psychology  
PYSCH 301 Statistics and Research Design
PSY396 Environmental Psychology   
PSY 420 Counseling in Prin Practices

SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

SPCH 314 Public Speaking

STAT 251 Basic Statistics I

Unmanned Aircraft Systems
UAS 200 UAS Sensors and NAS Laws and Reg UAS 250 UAS Sensors and Payloads


Online Tutoring (

ECSU is proud to offer free online tutoring assistance to all enrolled students through is an online tutorial service that provides:

  •  A network of highly qualified and experienced tutors
  • Connect with an expert tutor online 24/7
  • Screen sharing capabilities
  • Learn from the convenience of your dorm, home or lab
  • Available now in Blackboard!

To Access

  1. Sign into your Blackboard course
  2. Click on the logo under Course Tools
  3. Type in your question or subject area of concern 


Please Contact:

Nikki Smith, MAT

Coordinator of Tutorial Services/ Academic Support

Office of Student Success and Retention

Elizabeth City State University 

1704 Weeksville Rd. // Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Phone: 252.384.1240


Academic Suspension Appeal Process

The Academic Suspension Appeal process is provided for students who have received the academic sanction of Academic Suspension but are able to provide appropriate documentation of extenuating circumstances which contributed to their academic suspension. The mitigating circumstances must be appropriately documented for the semester(s) in which the deficiencies occurred. Appeals must include all necessary documentation to support the existence of the circumstances described (i.e., letter from doctor, clergy, support professional, family members, faculty, etc.) and evidence that the circumstances have been resolved so that difficulties do not continue into the next semester. In addition, students must provide an Academic Success Plan that documents how the student plans to move forward from the sanction.


Suspension Date

Deadline to Submit Form and Documentation

Decision Email to Student

December 2022

December 27, 2022

January 6, 2023

May 2023





Students submitting an appeal must complete and submit the following:

  • Letter of Explanation – A detailed letter explaining:
    • (1) the extenuating circumstances which led to deficiencies,
    • (2) support services utilized during the semester(s). If no services used, share why you did not utilize services, and
    • (3) changes you have made that will allow you to be academically successful.
  • Official Documentation – Documentation that supports the extenuating circumstances discussed. Documentation can include, but is not limited to medical information, funeral announcements, letters from those knowing the situation experienced, financial hardship, etc.
  • Academic Success Plan (click here) – Download the Adobe file, complete, and save this form for uploading. Do not open this file as a Google Doc. 


  • Only 1 submission is allowed. Please ensure all documents are attached.
  • Incomplete appeals will not be reviewed. If additional information is required, an email will be sent to the student’s email account. After 5 days of being incomplete, the appeal will be denied.
  • All appeals must be submitted by the published university deadline; late submissions will not be considered.
  • Decisions by the Division of Academic Affairs are final.

The Academic Suspension Appeals and Re-entry is comprised of a faculty representative from each of the academic schools, staff from the Division of Student Affairs, and staff from the Office of Student Success and Retention. Appeal committee member names are not released. Appeal decisions will be communicated to the student through their ECSU email on or before the decision date listed. It is the responsibility of the student to check their ECSU email for correspondence related to their appeal. For additional information regarding Academic Sanctions please review Policy 300.1.7.F

Questions concerning appeals can be sent to


Faculty & Staff

For More Information

Office of Student Success and Retention


Dana V. Poole, Interim Executive Director of Student Success & Retention
Office of Student Success & Retention
1704 Weeksville Rd.   Campus Box 956   Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252.335.3475    Fax: 252.335.3601