Students looking for a quality, affordable education in a nurturing, supportive environment will find it at ECSU. Nestled in northeastern North Carolina, ECSU is the most affordable public institution in the UNC System. Size does matter, and ECSU’s small size equates to one-on-one attention from professors. Students will know their classmates, their professors, and the ECSU staff committed to their academic success. Coming straight from high school or the military or transferring from a community college, students can obtain a baccalaureate, professional, or master’s degree both on campus and online. At ECSU, students come to discover their passion, and leave to conquer their dreams.


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Tuition per semester for in-state students as part of NC Promise

NC Promise and Historically Minority-Serving Institution

The NC Promise Tuition Plan means students pay tuition expenses of just $500 per semester for in-state students and $2,500 per semester for out-of-state students. This applies to all undergraduate students, online, transfer, freshmen, and currently enrolled students. Student fees, along with room and board costs will not be impacted. NC Promise dramatically reduces the expense of a college education, saving students at least $10,000 over their four years of enrollment.

The UNC System Board of Governors created a special Committee on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions in 2018 to study and assess six institutions’ unique challenges and promising opportunities. The goal of the committee is to create strategies that will ensure these institutions’ future growth by promoting investments, opportunities, and awareness throughout the state.

Tour ECSU!

Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.

Download the GEAR UP VR app from the iTunes store or from the Google Play store.


Degrees for Today’s Jobs

Whether you want to educate the next generation of students, fly the blue skies, protect your community, own your own business, or be a scientist, ECSU prepares you to enter today’s workforce. From aviation and mathematics to arts and technology, ECSU has over 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with several online degree options. Discover your passion at ECSU.
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Take Flight

ECSU offers the only four-year degree program in Aviation Science in North Carolina, where you can become a pilot, air traffic controller, avionics specialist, or aviation manager. With its own fleet of 11 planes, five flight simulators, an air traffic control lab, and an avionics lab, ECSU prepares you to meet the in-demand jobs of the aviation industry. You also can soar in ECSU’s new unmanned aircraft (drone) program.
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Be the Difference

ECSU prepares you to conquer your dreams. Lead. Volunteer. Intern. Study abroad. There are many opportunities to gain experience in your area of study, get additional support and help if needed, and prepare for your future. ECSU also has more than 60 clubs and organizations that offer a variety of extracurricular activities from intramural sports and academic clubs to Greek organizations and performance groups. Discover your interests at ECSU.