Local Atmosphere

Elizabeth City, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$14,868 ($4,150)
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2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do here at all but the nice cities in Virginia are only 30-45 minutes away so thats where we go for fun.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere around my school is very average and not really that exciting. There that many attractions here in this town.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Sine it is a small community it's not fun for a young person to do as well as not much things appealing to the students. There are a lot good attitudes to the students but with the good it's also people who feel the students are the reason for the unsafe things in the community.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is pretty good, most people are pretty friendly, although there are bad areas in town. Most people seem to be supportive towards students. There is a small mall nearby for shopping, but the nearest Walmart is about 15-20 minutes away, so it all depends on what you're looking for in food or shopping

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The locals are not very friendly, we have a few instances where off campus locals come on to campus and start altercations and even gun violence and robbery. The city and campus police are helping to crack down on the rising crime rate, but most students do feel a sense of saftey.


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Valerie Edwards
Aviation Science
Grad Year
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Elizabeth City is a pretty small town. There are not many things that would peak the interest of many college students. Most students travel to Virginia for entertainment, such as clubs, parties, and the beach. There is the Waterfront Park in Elizabeth City that is very peaceful, a museum that holds plenty of history for those interested, and one nightclub that many students go to, as well. The city, in general, is completely accommodating to the students; there are many businesses that allow students to hold different events, and the citizens are supportive of the University. There are plenty of places students can complete community service and internships, too.

Overall, the city is probably one of the safest cities for students. Police are always on patrol making sure everything, including the campus, is safe and free from harm. Elizabeth City State University shares Elizabeth City with one other college: College of the Albemarle. Both schools have aviation programs and have collaborated in order to build an aviation parkway. Some students who want to graduate early also take a few classes from Albemarle that may not be offered when they need them at Elizabeth City State University.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Elizabeth City has been named one of "The 100 Best Small Towns in America" by author Norman Crampton.
Notable Natives
James W. Owens - former chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc.
Points of Interest
  • Museum of the Albemarle
  • U.S. Coast Guard base
  • Waterfront Park
Shopping Centers
  • Jordan Plaza
  • Southgate Mall
  • Southgate Plaza
Movie Theaters
Gateway Cinema
1417 W. Eringhaus St.
Elizabeth City
(252) 335-3937
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Norfolk, Va.: : 1 hour
  • Virginia Beach, Va.: : 1 hour, 20 minutes
Did You Know?
Elizabeth City is home of the largest U.S. Coast Guard base on the East Coast, and the base allows local students to take tours of the base.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 40 responses

  • 18% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 20% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 32% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 12% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 39 responses

  • 31% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 31% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 38 responses

  • 26% No way.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 26% Totally.
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