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Ranks 26th in North Carolina and 845th overall
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The Elizabeth City State University campus, located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, sits atop a beautiful 200-acre site in the rolling hills of this Southern state. A variety of on-campus recreational activities and groups is available to the student body, some of which include a vibrant athletic association, greek life organizations, and campus radio and TV stations.

Every year, the school counts an enrollment of around 2,500 students among its three master’s programs and nearly 40 undergraduate majors. A member of the University of North Carolina system, Elizabeth City got its start in 1891 as a center for teaching and training for typically African-American students. In the 1930s, the school became a four-year teachers college, and gained its first Bachelor of Science degree program in 1939. It finally became incorporated into the current University of North Carolina system in 1972.


The school’s 37 baccalaureate degrees and master’s programs are spread out across the areas of business and economics, arts and humanities, education and psychology, and math, science, and technology. Study abroad, military service, and honors programs are just a few of the school’s varied academic options.

Elizabeth City State is well-known for two programs in particular—pharmacy and aviation.

The Doctor of Pharmacy Partnership Program is a collaborative effort between Elizabeth City and University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Students at Elizabeth City benefit from remote learning possibilities to link up with UNC—Chapel Hill’s state-of-the-art pharmacy tools and technology.

The aviation program at Elizabeth City trains students to become pilots of commercial and charter aircraft. The temperate climate of North Carolina makes hands-on learning eminently possible, with student internships a mandatory part of the curriculum. Numerous aircraft manufacturers, military groups, and businesses in the area provide ample possibilities for students looking for post-graduation employment.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid programs offered by Elizabeth City State University include federal work-study, grants, scholarships, and loans. Traditional programs like the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Stafford Loan—both need-based—are offered, as well as work-study. Work-study placements allow students to work towards paying off their tuition debts through job placements on- and off-campus. Often working in their chosen academic department, these placements help students gain real-life experience in their field of expertise.

Aid programs specific to the area include the UNC Campus Base Scholarship and the ECSU Foundation Scholarships.

The UNC Campus Base Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who graduated with above a 2.5 from a high school in North Carolina, and a 17 on the ACT or a 1200 on the SAT. Students must be enrolled in at least 15 credit hours per semester, and participate in the First Year Experience, an Elizabeth City assessment program for new students. The award may be up to $3,800 per year, as of 2009, and be awarded for up to 8 semesters.

ECSU Foundation Scholarships are awarded to entering freshmen with the same academic criteria as the UNC Campus Base Scholarship (above), who applied before March 15th. Students are awarded funds based on their SAT/ACT scores until they run out, and can be awarded funds for up to four years, provided they maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

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The athletic department and facilities at Elizabeth City State University rank among the nation’s best, with state-of-the-art equipment, medical care, support, and coaching offered. Fifteen intercollegiate sports are sponsored by Elizabeth City; Men’s sports include cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, basketball, football, golf, and baseball, while women’s sports include indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, bowling, softball, tennis, and basketball. The ECSU Vikings are a member of the oldest African-American athletic conference in the United States, the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Local Community

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, has been a destination spot for many a visitor, some of whom included the well-known American writer Robert Frost, the Wright Brothers, and Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher’s in their 2006 movie “The Guardian.” The vibrant local community participates in a number of traditional civic and historic events, including the “Ghost Walk,” based on the tale of the disappearance of Elizabeth City native Nell Cropsey.

Established in 1793 under the name of Redding, the city is home to around 20,000 people, according to the 2008 census poll. Notable monuments include the Museum of the Albemarle Greater Elizabeth City, airship factories manufacturing some of America’s few commercial blimps, and traditional antebellum style homes.


Famous graduates of the school have included National Football League players Reggie Langhorne, Johnnie Walton, Larry Johnson, Sr., and Everett McIver.

1704 Weeksville Rd
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
p. 252-335-3400
w. www.ecsu.edu

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