History of ECPI University

Founded in Norfolk, Virginia in 1966, ECPI University demonstrated early on its commitment to forward-thinking, market-based curriculum, being among the first to offer classes in the growing field of computer programming.

From that point forward, ECPI University has pursued a path of sustained growth based on addressing the needs of students and employers while playing a key role in the mid-Atlantic’s economic development.

ECPI quickly established a reputation for providing high-quality instruction in certificate and diploma programs, while using industry-standard equipment and teaching the computer applications and software most in demand by employers. Classes were small, and faculty had industry experience, academic credentials, and teaching ability. Successful student outcomes, including high graduation rates and program-related employment, were considered of primary importance. These values continue to serve the institution, its students, and graduates.

1966 ECPI opened in Norfolk, Virginia
1984 ECPI opened its second campus in Richmond, Virginia. (Subsequently, branches opened throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.)
1987 Main campus relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1992 Began offering degrees in Health Sciences.
1998 Became accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. (Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of ECPI University.)
2004 Following reaffirmation of accreditation, ECPI was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees.
2005 Additional baccalaureate degree programs and the use of distance learning technology were approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
2006 Program offerings were expanded to include Culinary Science, Dental Assisting, Medical Radiography and Registered Nursing programs.
2011 Attained University status and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems.

Throughout its history, ECPI has maintained a strong relationship with industry and employers. Program advisory boards regularly meet and provide valuable feedback regarding employer needs and industry trends. This feedback often translates into curriculum revisions that add value and help to make ECPI programs more effective.