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Elizabeth City State University Data & Information Overview

119 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
77% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Elizabeth City State University Ranked?

#2,086 Best Colleges in Nation
#89 Best Colleges in NC
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Elizabeth City State University was awarded 119 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is crisis/emergency/disaster management.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, ECSU is ranked #2,086 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 93 colleges in North Carolina, ECSU is ranked at #89.

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Is It Hard to Get Into ECSU?

77% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Elizabeth City State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 77%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to ECSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 450 and 550. Math scores were between 410 and 520.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Elizabeth City State University  ( 450 to 550 )

SAT Math Scores for Elizabeth City State University  ( 410 to 520 )
ECSU received ACT scores from 21% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 19.

ACT Composite Scores for Elizabeth City State University  ( 15 to 19 )

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Elizabeth City State University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
74% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Elizabeth City State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Elizabeth City State University is 74%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  74 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Elizabeth City State University

73% Freshmen Retention
18% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Elizabeth City State University has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at ECSU is 18%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  18 out of 100

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Elizabeth City State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,624 Full-Time Undergraduates
82.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,910 undergraduates at ECSU with 1,624 being full-time and 286 being part-time.

How Much Does Elizabeth City State University Cost?

$3,704 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
$21,080 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of ECSU is $3,704. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ECSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$2,041 $2,407 $5,604 $9,856 $12,042

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ECSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At ECSU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $5,270 a year. That adds up to $21,080 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ECSU is 12.9%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do ECSU Graduates Make?

$35,274 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from ECSU make about $35,274 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 17% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Elizabeth City State University make the most money.

Location of Elizabeth City State University

North Carolina State
1,624 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Elizabeth City State University is a public institution located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The surrounding location of Elizabeth City is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Contact details for ECSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1704 Weeksville Rd, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252-335-3400

Elizabeth City State University Majors

25 Majors With Completions
301 Undergraduate Degrees
20 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 25 majors graduated from Elizabeth City State University. Of these students, 301 received undergraduate degrees and 20 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Interdisciplinary Studies 38 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 34 $30,408
Business Administration & Management 33 $23,750
Health & Physical Education 29 NA
Social Work 25 NA
General Biology 24 $29,777
General Psychology 19 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 16 $23,716
Air Transportation 15 NA
Computer Science 9 $49,078

Learn more about the majors offered at Elizabeth City State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ECSU

67% Take At Least One Class Online
23% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 1,366 students took at least one online class at Elizabeth City State University. This is a decrease from the 1,881 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,366 473
2019-2020 1,881 608
2018-2019 736 214
2017-2018 622 157
2016-2017 461 76

Learn more about online learning at Elizabeth City State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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