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Your chances of getting into Elizabeth City State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

74.2%
Admission Difficulty for Elizabeth City State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at ECSU is 74.2%.  Its admission rate is the 31st lowest in North Carolina.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into ECSU and can you get accepted?

ECSU is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 2,912 out of the 3,927 who applied were admitted.

Elizabeth City State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.16. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the lower half of their high school class. 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into ECSU?

74% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Elizabeth City State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.16 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 960 on the SAT
  • Score 19 on the ACT

ECSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.16

Typical High School Grades 

B

What GPA do you need to get into Elizabeth City State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into ECSU are to have around a 3.16 high school GPA. You need about average high school grades.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as ECSU accepts 74% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at ECSU is 3.16 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #36 in North Carolina for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since ECSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.2 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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ECSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Elizabeth City State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 10% of students submitted SAT scores and 11% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

850-1070

Applicants Submitting SAT 

10%
SAT Scores for Elizabeth City State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 420
Math 25th Percentile 430
Composite 25th Percentile 850
SAT Scores for Elizabeth City State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 550
Math 75th Percentile 520
Composite 75th Percentile 1070
Average SAT Score 960

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Elizabeth City State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at ECSU is 960 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 850-1070. Students who get into Elizabeth City State University score in the top 85 percent of all SAT test takers..  ECSU ranks #43 in the state of North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 960 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. ECSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 850 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 850, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 740, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Elizabeth City State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 960 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 960, you have around a 74% chance of being admitted. A 1070 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 84% chance of getting in.

Elizabeth City State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1070 and Above Good >84%
960 to 1070 Avg + 74%-84%
850 to 960 Avg - 60%-74%
740 to 850 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 740 Low <44%
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ECSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

16-22 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

11%
ACT Scores for Elizabeth City State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 14
Math 25th Percentile 15
Composite 25th Percentile 16
ACT Scores for Elizabeth City State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 21
Math 75th Percentile 21
Composite 75th Percentile 22
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into ECSU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to ECSU is 19, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 16 and 22.  The school ranks #35 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 19. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 16 and score in the score in the top 75 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 13.

11 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Elizabeth City State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Elizabeth City State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into ECSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 19 score has around 74% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 84% with a 22 ACT score.

Elizabeth City State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
22 and Above Good >84%
19 to 22 Avg + 74%-84%
16 to 19 Avg - 60%-74%
13 to 16 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 13 Low <44%
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High School Class Rank

67% of Elizabeth City State University freshman are in the lower half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Elizabeth City State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 2%
Top 25% of class 5%
Top 50% of class 33%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Elizabeth City State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,431 1,496 3,927
Accepted 1,857 1,055 2,912
Acceptance Rate 76% 71% 74%
Enrolled 169 181 350
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 9% 17% 12%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jun 30, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Jun 30, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Elizabeth City State University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Elizabeth City State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Elizabeth City State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Elizabeth City State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because ECSU is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.16 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 960 on the SAT and 19 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Elizabeth City State University often consider these colleges

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

FAQs

Does Elizabeth City State University prefer SAT or ACT?

10% of students submit their SAT scores to ECSU. 11% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Elizabeth City State University?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to ECSU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Elizabeth City State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 850 and 1070. The average SAT score is 960. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Elizabeth City State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 22. The average ACT score is 19. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.