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Elizabeth City State University
Location: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
School Size: 1,912 undergraduate students
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Elizabeth City State University was founded on March 3, 1891. This university was originally established to help in training teachers for colored students. ECSU was originally a two-year institution, it wasn’t until 1937 that it switched to four years. Since ECSU was originally made to produce school teachers the only major at the school was elementary education. ECSU was originally named Elizabeth City State Teachers College. It wasn't until 1959 the school started to expand its available programs. Between the years of 1959 and 1963 the number of majors increased to twelve. With the change of majors also came a change in the name of the university. On July 1, 1969 the school was named Elizabeth City State University. Now ECSU offers over thirty baccalaureate degree programs and multiple master’s degree programs.