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ECSU is under he dynamic leadership of our Interim Chancellor, Dr. Karrie G. Dixon, who is implementing a vision to move the University into "New Directions" that will enhance our efforts and lead ECSU towards a brighter future, full of possibilities.

For more than 125 years, Elizabeth City State University has proudly served as a premiere institution offering a wide variety of academic programs and services, fostering intellectual growth and critical thinking skills inside and outside of the classroom, and providing a nurturing campus environment that supports today’s diverse student.

We boast about our dedicated and highly-qualified faculty and staff members, who take pride in inspiring and preparing our students to become tomorrow’s leaders, and who continue to make an impact on this University and in the community.  

The ECSU family is proud of its legacy and rich history that has fortified this city and has become a beacon for the future of the state’s Northeastern region. With 20,000+ alumni and growing partnerships with community organizations, we are committed to leading the way in education and innovation, expanding our reach, and improving the economic strength of North Carolina.

 With 25 undergraduate degree offerings and four graduate degree programs, research opportunities and study abroad options, the possibilities for our students are endless. Our technology-enhanced and signature programs – such as the Drone Technology and Aviation programs – give us an competitive advantage in the 21st century marketplace.

We are proud to be home to NC Promise – a statewide initiative designed to increase educational access, reduce student debt and grow the state’s economy. This fall, ECSU, along with two other state universities, will welcome its first class of students who will benefit from the lower tuition rate and the opportunity to graduate with less debt. Our commitment to access and affordability for higher education will remain a critical part of our focus.

This is a great time to be a Viking!


  • Increasing enrollment
  • Ensuring student success
  • Improving overall operations
  • Reinvesting in academic programs and faculty
  • Building stronger relationships with alumni and community partners
  • Making a greater impact on the economy in this region
Your support to ECSU means that you will be helping students to access a quality education and graduate ready to enter the world beyond to face the challenges of today and tomorrow. Your support will also help us to ensure that our faculty and staff are on the cutting edge, and provide opportunities to increase our economic impact in Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County and in the 21 counties that make up our northeastern North Carolina service area.  

Thank you for supporting ECSU.

As a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System, Elizabeth City State University offers baccalaureate, professional, and master's degrees for a diverse student body. Our mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of northeastern North Carolina, the state, and the nation.

We achieve our commitment to the highest quality education by maintaining a rigorous focus on academic excellence through liberal arts programs and using innovative and flexible technology-based instruction models to enhance our signature areas: integrating technology with education, improving human health and wellness, and advancing the natural and aviation sciences.

Through teaching, research, and community engagement, the institution's rich heritage and its current multicultural student-centered focus provide a firm foundation for its endeavors. It serves the needs and aspirations of individuals and society; producing graduates for leadership roles and life-long learning.

Vision Statement

ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, will be the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university will attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that will educate and lead our students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU will continue to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region.

Our Core Values

ECSU is guided by a commitment to excellence, which is personified in the subsequent group of core values the university strives to demonstrate and maintain.

  • Accountability - being responsible for our actions is part of the ECSU ethos. Administration, faculty, staff and students
    endeavor to continue to expand on the Quality already in existence at the university;
  • Diversity - Diversity of viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds are critical tools of a quality education in our global marketplace;
  • Excellence - Excellence is the measure for teaching, learning, and service to the university community; and
  • Preparing students holistically - the full measure of personal, professional, and social development of our students, faculty, and staff is an integral part of the ECSU philosophy: "to live is to learn."

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