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Type  Private
President  Mark Dreyfus
Students  Appx 10,000
Total enrollment  10,762 (2011)
Color  Blue & White
Established  1966
Administrative staff  Appx 150
Acceptance rate  79.5% (2014)
Founded  1966
Subsidiaries  ECPI University
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Location  Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Headquarters  Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Similar  Tidewater Community College, ECPI University College o, Regent University, Norfolk State University, Strayer University

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ECPI University, or East Coast Polytechnic Institute, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia provides undergraduate and graduate level education in an accelerated format. ECPI University has five colleges with campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida as well as an online campus. Students can attend day, evening, online, or weekend classes.


ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

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ECPI University was founded in Norfolk, Virginia in 1966. Initially formed as an institution offering accelerated education in computer science and programming, ECPI University later expanded its offerings to include Electronics Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, and Culinary Arts.

ECPI University was previously known as "ECPI College of Technology" but it became a university on June 1, 2011 and started offering master's degrees in the field of Computer and Information Science.

The acronym ECPI stands for East Coast Polytechnic Institute, signifying its origin and ongoing commitment to technological advancement in all fields of study.


ECPI University’s academic offerings are organized into five colleges: College of Technology, College of Business & Criminal Justice, College of Nursing, College of Health Science, and College of Culinary Arts.

College of Technology

Information Technology

  • Information Systems - Master's
  • Cloud Computing - Bachelor's
  • Database Programming - Associate's/Bachelor's
  • Network Security - Associate's/Bachelor's
  • Web Development - Associate's/Bachelor's
  • Software Development – Associate’s/Bachelor’s
  • Electronics Engineering

  • Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) - Associate's/Bachelor's
  • Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing - Bachelor's
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) - Bachelor's
  • Medical Imaging Equipment Technology (MIET) - Associate's
  • College of Business & Criminal Justice

    Business Administration

  • Business Administration (MBA) – Master’s
  • Accounting - Bachelor's
  • Business Administration - Bachelor's
  • Hospitality Management – Bachelor’s
  • IT Management - Bachelor's
  • Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice - Associate's/Bachelor's
  • Homeland Security - Bachelor's
  • College of Nursing, Medical Careers Institute (MCI)


  • Nursing (MSN) – Master’s
  • RN to BSN (BSN) – Bachelor’s
  • Nursing (RN) – Associate’s
  • Practical Nursing (LPN) - Diploma
  • College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI)

    Health Science

  • Healthcare Administration - Bachelor's
  • Dental Assistant - Associate's
  • Health Information Management - Associate's
  • Medical Administration - Associate's
  • Medical Assistant - Associate's
  • Massage Therapy - Associate's
  • Advanced Clinical

  • Physical Therapy - Associate's
  • Radiography – Associate’s
  • Sonography - Associate's
  • Surgical Technology - Associate's
  • College of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV)

    Culinary Arts

  • Food Service Management - Bachelor's
  • Culinary Arts - Associate's
  • Baking & Pastry Arts – Associate’s/Diploma
  • Culinary Nutrition – Associate’s
  • Academics

    ECPI University offers diploma and degree programs in Information Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Health Science, Nursing, Business, Criminal Justice, and Culinary Arts through its five colleges.

    ECPI University’s academic calendar consists of ten five-week sessions. Full-time students take two courses per session through its year-round curriculum . Many courses are offered on campus, online, or in hybrid formats.

    Licensure & Accreditation

    ECPI University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC) to award associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees in addition to diplomas. ECPI has been regionally accredited by the SACSCOC since 1998.

    ECPI University received approval at the December 2010 annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to advance to a level III institution with the approval of the Master of Science in Information Systems.

    Additional regional and state licensure has been awarded based on location and program.


    As of 2015, ECPI University and its five colleges had 19 campus locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina:

  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Newport News, Virginia
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Manassas, Virginia
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Glen Allen, Virginia
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • ECPI also has a Lake Mary, Florida campus.

    Career Fairs

    Each year, ECPI University hosts 2 major career fairs at each of its campuses, which usually take place in the spring and fall. The career fairs are for enrolled ECPI students only, and interested students are required to first register, and have their résumé approved by a career advisor before attending. A number of local companies attend the career fairs such as Dominion Enterprises, InMotion Hosting, Spatial Integrated Systems, Xerox, and many more. The attending companies offer students positions such as entry level programmers, technical support, and network administrators.

    Career Services Department

    ECPI University’s Career Services department is a resource for students seeking internships, externships, and jobs. The Career Service Advisors assist students with résumé writing and review, cover letter preparation and review, networking, interviewing skills, salary negotiation, and job placement.


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