North Carolina

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1891
  • Enrollment: 2,149
  • Mascot: Viking
  • Colors: Royal Blue and White
  • Motto: To live is to learn
  • Campus Setting: Town
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Elizabeth City State University, nestled in the quaint town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1891. Originally established as the State Normal School to train African American teachers, ECSU has played a pivotal role in advancing educational opportunities for African Americans in the region. This commitment to education and community development has been a cornerstone of the university's mission since its inception. Over the years, ECSU has expanded its academic offerings and grown in size, now serving approximately 2,149 students with a range of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs.

The university's motto, "To live is to learn," encapsulates its dedication to lifelong learning and intellectual growth. Elizabeth City State University is particularly known for its strong programs in Aviation Science, Business, Education, and Natural Sciences. The campus, which offers campus housing, provides a nurturing and supportive environment for students, fostering both academic and personal development. The university's spirit is proudly represented by its mascot, the Viking, and its colors, royal blue and white.

In athletics, Elizabeth City State University competes in NCAA Division II as part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its athletic teams known as the Vikings. Elizabeth City State University continues to be a significant educational institution in North Carolina, committed to excellence in education and empowering students for future success.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (252) 335-3305  
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  • Financial Aid: (252) 335-3283    
  • Financial Aid email: financial_aid@ecsu.ede

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Popular Majors
  • Aviation Science
  • Business
  • Education
  • Natural Sciences

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NCAA Division II - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Team Name: Vikings

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

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