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"To Live is to Learn"



Acceptance rate
49% (2014)

+1 252-335-3400

White, Royal blue

Public, HBCU

Dr. Thomas Conway



Number of students

Elizabeth City State University

1704 Weeksville Rd, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, USA

Undergraduate tuition and fees
Local tuition: 4,498 USD (2015), Domestic tuition: 16,173 USD (2015)

Notable alumni
Fayetteville State University, Winston‑Salem State University, Chowan University, Johnson C Smith University, North Carolina Central U

Elizabeth city state university

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is a public, historically black college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in the United States. ECSU, which enrolls nearly 2,500 students in 37 baccalaureate programs and three master's degree programs, is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, as well as a member-institution of the University of North Carolina system.


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Elizabeth City State University was established by the North Carolina General Assembly on March 3, 1891, in response to a bill calling for the creation of a two-year normal school for the "teaching and training [of] teachers of the colored race to teach in the common schools of North Carolina." This was to provide training for more teachers of primary grades. The campus quadrangle and six surrounding buildings are included in the Elizabeth City State Teachers College Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

In 1937, the school made the transformation into a full four-year teachers college and was officially named Elizabeth City State Teachers College, while expanding its role to include the training of principals as well. In 1939, the college awarded its first bachelor of science degrees in its program of elementary education. Within the following twenty-five years, the college expanded its offerings to include a vocational-technical program and a total of thirteen academic majors.

In December 1961, the college gained membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1963 its name was changed to Elizabeth City State College. In 1969, its name was changed to Elizabeth City State University to reflect expansion and the addition of graduate programs. When the University of North Carolina System was formed in 1972, ECSU became one of the system's sixteen constituent universities and entered into its current phase of development and organization.

List of Chief Executive Officers

  • Peter Wedderick Moore, A.M., LL.D. (Principal, 1891–1928, President Emeritus, 1928–1934)
  • John Henry Bias, A.B., LL.D. (President, 1928–1939)
  • Harold Leonard Trigg, Ed.D. (President, 1939–1945)
  • Sidney David Williams, A.M., D.PED. (President, 1946–1958, President Emeritus, 1969–1974)
  • Walter Nathaniel Ridley, Ed.D. (President, 1958–1968, President Emeritus, 1988–1996)
  • Marion Dennis Thorpe, Ph.D. (President, 1968–1972, Chancellor, 1972–1983)
  • Jimmy Raymond Jenkins, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1983–1995, Chancellor Emeritus, 1995–present)
  • Mickey Lynn Burnim, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 1995–2006)
  • Willie J. Gilchrist, Ed.D. (Chancellor, 2006–2013)
  • Charles L. Becton, J.D. (Interim Chancellor, 2013–2014)
  • Stacey Franklin Jones, Ph.D. (Chancellor, 2014-2015)
  • Thomas Conway, Ph.D. (Interim Chancellor, effective January 1, 2016)
  • Campus

    ECSU's campus encompasses 200 acres (0.81 km2), mostly flanked by residential districts.


    ECSU offers 28 baccalaureate degrees and four master's degrees in one of the following academic departments:

  • Business & Economics
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Helen M. Caldwell Department of Education & Psychology
  • Language, Literature & Communication
  • Herman G. Cooke Department of Natural Sciences
  • Mathematics & Computer Science;
  • Pharmacy & Health Professions;
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences; Technology
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • ECSU also offers special programs that appeal to various interests and fields of study, including the honors program (for high-achieving students), military science, study abroad and Viking Fellows for education majors.

    Student life

    Students can choose to be involved in various on-campus organizations, including fraternities, sororities, radio station WRVS-FM, campus TV station, and intramural sports.


    As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ECSU's athletes, known athletically as the Vikings, compete in the Division II athletic conference known as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).


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