Frequently Asked Questions

Are students required to attend an orientation program?
Yes.  The information given at orientation will be important to your success at ECU, and therefore, it is required that all first-year students attend and orientation program..

When will students receive information about orientation?
Registration materials for the summer orientation will be mailed to accepted first-year students in March. Transfer students will receive orientation information via ECU email.

How do students register for Orientation once they receive their registration materials?
Students can register for an orientation session online by going to  You will need your Pirate ID and your password in order to register.

Please be aware that we have a limited number of spaces for orientation sessions.  Students and family members are assigned to a session on a first-received, first-served basis.  Therefore, if there is a particular session that is the most convenient for you, please register soon as possible.  You should only make travel arrangements after you have a confirmed orientation date.

After you have registered for orientation, you will receive a confirmation email and parking pass to your ECU email address.  You will need to print these off and bring them with you to orientation.

May a student reserve a spot for a New Student Orientation session over the phone or by fax?
We are unable to assign students to a session over the phone or by fax. We must receive a reservation and payment for the fee before we assign a student to a session.

The date I wanted to pick wasn't available when I registered online.  Can I be placed on waitlist?
Orientation sessions are on a first-come, first served basis and some sessions will close once capacity is reached.  We do offer a waitlist for these closed sessions.  If you wish to be put on a waitlist, please register for another orientation session.  Then email or call 252-328-4173 to be placed on the waitlist. You will be contacted as soon as a spot becomes available.

What will students do during the New Student Orientation program?
During our two-day summer program, students will participate in academic sessions, meet with representatives from their chosen academic department and or/academic advisors from the area of their intended major, and discuss fall semester classes. In addition, students will have the opportunity to meet and connect with new peers, and learn important information about life at ECU from current students.

Should family members attend Orientation?
Family members are encouraged to attend orientation with their student.  While the program is not required for family members, it is an excellent time for you to get information and helpful hints on how to help your student through their college experience.  It will also give you a chance to ask questions and get to know some of the students, staff and faculty that will be working with your student throughout their college career.

What will family members do during the Family Program?
Our Family Orientation Program is a fabulous opportunity for family members get an introduction to what their student will experience at ECU, and runs at the same time as the student program, but in a different format.

What is the cost of the Orientation program and what does it cover?
The student fee is $155 and covers the ECU 1Card, all activities and program materials, four meals, evening snacks, parking, shuttles, facility usage, and staffing.

The registration fee for the first family member is $85 and $40 for each addition guest.  There is no fee for children under the age of 17; however, meals are not included and no child care will be provided.  The fee covers all activities and program materials, a Family Guidebook, four meals, reception, parking, shuttles, facility usage and staffing.

Do I need to take a placement test?
Placement for math courses is based on SAT, ACT, or AP Calculus exam scores.  Please visit

Students dissatisfied with their initial math course placement may opt to take the Accuplacer placement test.  For more details please see


What if I have been confirmed for a New Student Orientation session, but need to change the date?
Due to the limited number of students who can be advised adequately during orientation and the need to have accurate information when you arrive, it is important that you attend on the date confirmed for you. 

There is a $15 administrative fee if you need to change your date. Requests to change orientation dates must be received in writing one week in advanced of your confirmed session date.  Please send the fee and a letter to: ECU Cashier's Office, G120 Old Cafeteria Complex, Mailstop 230, Greenville, NC  27858-4353.  The request should include the students' full name, Banner ID#, date for  for which they were confirmed, and the date to which you would like to change.

What should I bring to New Student Orientation?
Students should bring photo identification (a valid driver's license, state issued ID card, passport or military ID), comfortable clothes and shoes, an umbrella, a sweatshirt or sweater, and a book bag for materials.  If you are staying overnight in the residence halls, you should bring an alarm clock.  Linens and soap will be provided.

Family members and guests should bring comfortable shoes to walk in, an umbrella, and a sweater or sweatshirt as meeting rooms can get cold.  If you are staying on-campus overnight, you should also bring an alarm clock, as they are not provided in our residence hall rooms.  Linens and soap will be provided.

What if I cannot attend any of the orientation program dates?
For students who cannot attend any of the scheduled orientation dates, there will be an abridged version of orientation offered in August before classes begin.  The students will register for classes and meet with an advisor after all the other new students have registered, so class availability will be limited.  We strongly encourage you to attend an orientation session in June or July to received the most beneficial experience.

Are Orientation fees refundable?
Yes.  An email should be sent to request a refund.  The email should include the student's full name, Banner ID#, amount to be refunded and what the refund is for (guest fee, housing, etc.).

Students will be emailed that their request has been received and we will forward the information to the Cashier's office.  Once the Cashier's office has the information, it will be processed to the student's account if there are no obligations to the university.

What time does Orientation start and when should I expect to be finished?
Our two-day program begins with check-in at 8:00am at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.  Students and family members should make sure that they arrive in time to check-in and receive their materials before being shuttled to orientation events.  Our program welcome begins promptly at 9:45am.  Students will be finished with the program by 4:00pm on the second day.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for Orientation?
You are strongly encouraged to register for your fall 2018 courses prior to attending an Orientation session.  Please review the "Pirate Introduction to ECU Registration" (PIER) at This online tutorial provides information about majors, recommended first semester courses, and walks you through the registration process. The course schedule you create will be reviewed by an advisor during orientation.

Where should I park for Orientation?  Do I need a parking permit?
You will park in the lot at Minges Coliseum/Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and be shuttled to our orientation events from there.  You should bring with you the parking permit that was emailed to your ECU email account with your orientation registration confirmation.  Failure to display this permit could mean your vehicle will be ticketed.

Will we be given a campus tour during Orientation?
Campus tours will only be offered during check-in, so please make sure you arrive in time to check-in and receive your materials before leaving on the tour.  Both a bus tour and a walking tour will be offered at 8:30am and 9:00am and will leave from the front of Wright Auditorium.

What happens if I need to arrive the night before an Orientation program?
There is an option for students and guests traveling a great distance to stay in one of our residence halls the evening prior to their orientation session.  There is an additional fee for this stay (which includes linens and soap) and it can be included in your registration fee.

Am I required to stay overnight on-campus during Orientation?
Students are not required to stay on-campus overnight during orientation, but it is highly recommended that they do so due to the late night and early morning activities that are planned.  Students will be staying in a residence hall and will be able to get a feel for what it will be like to live on-campus when they begin classes in the fall.

Are there overnight accommodations for parents and guests during Orientation?
Family members can stay in a residence hall during orientation.  The cost is $31 per person per night for shared occupancy (single traveling guest will be paired with another single traveling guest) or $62 per night for single occupancy in addition to the orientation registration fee.

All family housing is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note that family members will stay in a hall separate from students, so please pack accordingly.

Can my friend/significant other /sibling come to Orientation with me?
We have a Family Program that runs the same time that the student program runs and the cost of registration is $85 for the first guest, and $40 for each additional guest.  Please be aware that you and your guest will be together for some of the same sessions and events, but other times you will be separated and they will not be able to attend these sessions with you.

Will I be able to see the residence hall I'll be living in during the fall semester?
Model rooms will be available for viewing in some of our residence halls.  You may not be able to see your exact hall and room, but you have the opportunity to see one that is similar on the afternoon of Day 2.


Disability Information
Individuals with disabilities who require accommodation in order to participate in any orientation event at ECU (including placement tests) must contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (voice/TDD) 48 hours prior to the start of the program.

Orientation - Frequently Asked Questions

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