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Congratulations on your acceptance to Elizabeth City State University!

Now that you have been accepted, there are a few important steps you must complete to become a part of the Viking Family.  This webpage is designed to help you adjust to your first-year at Elizabeth City State University. 


STEP 1. Confirm Your Enrollment 

Once admitted, complete your intent to enroll through the Viking Admissions Portal at

Deadline: May 1 (priority deadline)


STEP 2.  Send Official Transcript

Submit the following documents:

  • Official, final high school transcript, signed, sealed and sent from the institution directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Official, final college transcript, signed, sealed and sent from the institution directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Early College Students and those with transferable college work, make sure your final college transcript is sent to the Admissions Office prior to your New Student Orientation session to ensure you are registered for the correct courses your first semester.

Send official documents to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Road 
Elizabeth City, NC 27909


  • June 30 for Fall Semester
  • December 15 for Spring Semester


STEP 3: Verify Residency

If you are seeking in-state residency for tuition purposes, you have to complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) process.

For you to receive the benefits of in-state tuition and/or State Student Aid, a residency determination from RDS is required. You should only have to complete the RDS one time instead of seeking separate residency determinations at multiple colleges and universities.

Complete your residency verification on the RDS website at

Deadline: March 1


STEP 4: Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The ECSU Federal School Code is 002926.

FAFSA deadlines:

    > Oct. 1 (FAFSA application portal opens)
    > March 1 (priority deadline)

Apply for scholarships. ECSU has scholarships as well as provides infomration on specific scholarships and scholarship resources.

Once ECSU receives your FAFSA, you will receive an award offer. You may be required to verify information on the FAFSA. The School Servicing Center (SCC) completes the verification process for ECSU, and will notify you if you need to verify your information.

Review your award offer.

If you received a Federal Direct Student Loan, you must go to the Self-Service Banner to accept, reduce or decline your federal student loans. You also must accept the terms and conditions of your award in the Self-Service Banner.

Deadline: 30 days from receipt of the initia award notification


STEP 5: Register for New Student Orientation

New student orientation is mandatory for all new undergraduate students.

To register for your upcoming New Student Orientation session, click HERE. You must pay the orientation fee prior to attending orientation. The fee covers materials, services and meals.

Deadline: Registration for new student orientation is due no later than seven days prior to the date you wish to attend.


STEP 6: Apply for Student Housing

Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply for on-campus housing, you must complete the housing application and pay the $150 application fee. Room assignments will be made after the application fee is received.

You can pay your fee:

     > Online when you submit your application

     > In person to the Cashier (cash, check or money order) on the first floor of the M.D. Thorpe
        Administration Building

     > By mail (check or money order) to Cashier, Campus Box 950, Elizabeth City, NC 27909;
         include your Banner ID and specify that your payment is for your Housing Application Fee

Deadline: April 1 (priority deadline)

Housing & Residence Life will notify you when your housing assignment has been made.


STEP 7: Submit Immunization Records

You must complete the new Student Immuizations requirements by submitting the Student Health Form and a copy of your up-to-date immunization records. You can access the Student Health Form at


     > July 15 for Fall Semester
     > Dec. 4 for Spring Semester 
     > May 1 for Summer Semester


STEP 8: Pay Your Tuition

You can pay your bill online in the Self-Service Banner via an electronic check or credit card or in person to the Cashier with cash, check or money order. You also can set up a payment plan.


     > July 31 for Fall Semester
     > December 18 for Spring Semester


STEP 9: Register Your Car

If you plan to bring your car to campus, you must complete the student parking permit registration and pay the annual student parking permit fee. You will then pick up your parking permit at the Office of University Policy, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


     > Aug. 1 (registration portal opens for Fall Semester)
     > Jan. 7 (registration portal opens for Spring Semester)




Office of Admissions 
800-347-ECSU (3278)\ 252-335-3305 

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships 
800-347-ECSU (3278)/252-335-3283

Office of Student Affairs 

Housing & Residence Life 

Student Health Services 

New Student Orientation 

ECSU Parking Services