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Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

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Elizabeth City State University overview
Location Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Online ecsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Elizabeth City State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Elizabeth City State University, a public institution located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, maintains a significant presence in the region with its inviting campus environment. Founded in 1891 as a teacher training school, this historically black university has evolved to offer a broad array of undergraduate degrees across fields such as Education, Business, and Aviation Science, the latter being one of its distinctive programs. With a generally inclusive admissions policy, the university draws a diverse undergraduate population to its suburban setting, approximately 50 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia. ECSU's campus, while not defined by a singular architectural style, provides residential facilities to foster an engaged academic community. As part of the University of North Carolina system, the institution sustains a commitment to affordability and access, aligning with its historical mission of empowerment through education. Elizabeth City State University competes in NCAA Division II athletics as the Vikings, with particular recognition in basketball and football, although the focus here remains on the institution's academic and community contributions.

In the most recent statistical year 3,927 prospective students applied, and 2,912 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 350 enrolled in the school.  1,735 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 414 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $1,000 plus fees of $2,356. ECSU is ranked 964 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Elizabeth City State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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ECSU is rated within the lower 29% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Elizabeth City State University overview
SAT 850/1070
ACT 16/22
GPA 3.16

Applications Accepted

Elizabeth City State University overview
Applications Due Jun 30, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

North Carolina Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Elizabeth City State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$2,356
Room and Board $8,727
Budget for Other Expenses$1,350
Total One Year Cost$14,673

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Elizabeth City State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$2,356
Room and Board $8,727
Budget for Other Expenses$1,350
Total One Year Cost$18,673

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$30,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

44% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Elizabeth City State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Education 17%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 10%
Biology 8%
Social Sciences 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198507 IPEDS survey data for Elizabeth City State University.

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