Undergraduate Edition 2019-2020

Walter N. and Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex

The Complex consists of "The Grill", The Bowling Center, and the Walter N. & Henrietta B. Ridley Student Center. The center is approximately 50,000 square feet. This facility was opened to students in May, 2005, and serves as the nucleus for many university activities. The center houses the following offices and services:

Office of Student Engagement

Student Government Association (SGA)

Greek Life

PACE Center

Student Activities Council (SAC)

Theater Room

Multi-purpose Activity Space

ECSU Campus Bookstore

Study Nook

Bowling Center

Bedell Cafeteria

Campus Post Office

The Blue Room – Formal Dining Room

Bowling Center

The Bowling Center offers the following activities and services for students: bowling, billiards, ping pong, sport equipment rentals, bicycle rentals, video games, board games and cards.

The Bowling Center is available for private events for students, employees and community members by reserving the space through the Office of Student Engagement.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation provides an opportunity for students to participate in a variety of recreational activities. The program includes intramural sports, aquatics programs, and open free-play. The Campus Recreation program is open to all individuals who are officially enrolled in the University or employed by the University.

The intramural program includes non-competitive as well as competitive activities such as bowling, basketball, volleyball, softball, weight-lifting, flag football, racquet ball, golf, co-ed softball, powder puff football, and other sports. The aquatic program includes open free swim, and the fitness program includes aerobics classes.

Student Clubs and Organizations

A variety of social, academic, and service organizations exist on campus to aid in the holistic development of ECSU students. Membership is open to all students who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and who are officially enrolled in the University. Participation in clubs and organizations provides a wonderful opportunity for leadership training and social education. There are approximately 40 registered organizations.

Graduate Student Council (GSC)

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is dedicated to:

Serve as the official representative body for students enrolled in graduate programs at Elizabeth City State University.

Provide a forum for discussion of issues, both internal and external, of concern to graduate students.

Represent graduate student interests before the ECSU faculty and administration.

Organize, promote, and conduct activities beneficial to graduate student life.

Disseminate information of interest to students pursuing graduate education at ECSU.

Provide support and assistance to graduate student organizations.

Own and manage property and accounts which will assist in securing the above objectives.

Select graduate students for appointment to university committees.

Provide a common association among graduate students in all departments of the University represented with graduate programs.

Honor and Recognition Societies

Elizabeth City State University has eight honor and recognition societies. To qualify for membership, a student must have a high academic average as well as good character. The eight societies are: Alpha Chi (N.C. Iota Chapter), Alpha Kappa Mu (Alpha Kappa Chapter), Alpha Phi Gamma (Delta Rho Chapter), Beta Beta Beta (Eta Chi Chapter), Kappa Delta Pi (Kappa Delta Chapter), the Sigma Tau Delta (English), Lambda Pi Eta (Communications Studies) and Psi Chi (Psychology).

Greek Life

The National Pan Hellenic Council and Intra-Fraternal Council serve as the umbrella organizations for all Fraternities, Sororities and Social Fellowship Groups on campus.  Each has its own membership policies and goals. A member of the organization should be contacted for specific details pertaining to his or her organization.

Student Leadership Development Academy

The Student Leadership Development Academy (SLDA) is designed for students who are interested in holding a leadership position on campus. Through a year-long series of seminars and workshops, participants will assess their leadership style, practice leadership skills, meet and interact with campus and community leaders, plan strategies for campus and community involvement, and set goals for their personal leadership development.

Music Organizations

Elizabeth City State University has several music organizations and ensembles including the University Marching Band, Concert Bands, Jazz Band and the University Choir.  Contact the Music Department for details on how to join a music organization or ensemble.


Students are involved in writing and editing many university publications. The Compass, the student newspaper, is published on a regular basis. The Viking, the student-produced yearbook, serves as the college annual. The ECSU Student Handbook is the primary source of information regarding campus life and other university regulations. Student Rights and Responsibilities, Policies and Procedures is a document that addresses the fundamental rights and responsibilities of students, which is included in the student handbook.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Intercollegiate Athletic Program is an integral part of Elizabeth City State University. Committed to academic excellence, the program takes pride in having one of the highest graduation rates of athletes attending the NCAA Division II colleges and universities in North Carolina.

Varsity sports provide an opportunity for athletically gifted students to compete on an intercollegiate basis. Mastery of skills, good health, a love of sports, and a spirit of friendship and camaraderie form the basis for our competitive sports program.

The University features a main gymnasium (R.L. Vaughan Center) with seating for 4,500 spectators plus many other features. Men’s varsity teams include football, cross-country, basketball, golf, and cheer-leading. Volleyball, bowling, cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, and cheer-leading have teams for women at the varsity level. Teams are nicknamed the "Vikings" and the "Lady Vikings."

The University has athletic affiliations with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).