Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)

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Elizabeth City State University is a historically black college found in Elizabeth City, NC. About 1,900 students are enrolled at ECSU.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores to ECSU. A score in the range of 875 - 1050 on the SAT exam, or 16 - 20 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. We were able to estimate the ECSU average GPA (2.71 - 2.97) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Elizabeth City State University accepts approximately 70% of applicants each year. Of those that are accepted, around 23% of students enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at ecsu.edu.

Overall ECSU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Elizabeth City State University was reported as 65.6% in Fall 2020 with over 2,550 applications submitted to Elizabeth City State University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ECSU ACT Scores: 16 - 20
  • ECSU Average GPA: 2.71 - 2.97

How Hard Is It to Get into Elizabeth City State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Low

When considering the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of students accepted to ECSU and comparing to other schools nationwide, applicant selectivity is lower than most other schools.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Elizabeth City State University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 57.2%
  • 2017-2018: 59.8%
  • 2018-2019: 59.3%
  • 2019-2020: 65.6%
  • Projected ECSU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 57.3%

How Does ECSU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Elizabeth City State University is sixteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Virginia Wesleyan College76.8%
Chowan University68.4%
Hampton University36.0%
Christopher Newport University71.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to ECSU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading445 - 530
Math430 - 520
Total Score875 - 1050
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 19
Math16 - 19
Composite Score16 - 20
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