Congratulations on your acceptance to East Carolina University!  You will find that ECU is a warm and friendly campus with faculty and staff who are anxious to assist you in achieving your academic goals.  Our Fall Orientation enables you to make a smooth transition into academic and campus life at ECU.  While programs and services at ECU are similar to those provided at your previous college or university, in reality every college or university is different so our orientation program will be of great benefit to you. You will be introduced ECU’s community, learn about resources available to assist you in making a smooth transition, and provide you with information to help you be successful as a student at ECU.

As a new student, you have two options for orientation and class registration: a one-day on campus orientation OR an online orientation (Transfer students only). 

Campus Orientation

An on-campus orientation will be held for Spring admits on Friday, January 5, 2018.  The cost is $100 for students and includes the ECU 1 Card, 2 meals, facilities, staffing and materials.   Family members can attend for a fee of $50 for the first family member and $20 for an additional family member.  Students can register for Orientation via Pirate Port.


There is a $20 fee for online orientation. Access online orientation through Pirate Port by using your ECU username and password. Username and Password can be found in your “admitted to ECU” packet. Once you complete the online orientation, including quizzes and surveys, you will be provided an advisory code and contact information for advising centers.   Contact the advising center associated with your major, give them the code, and discuss the class registration process.  Although the cost of online orientation includes the cost of your 1 Card, you will be responsible for getting your ECU 1 Card which you can do anytime you are on campus.

To register for either Orientation, click here.

DISTANCE EDUCATION students should contact the Office of Continuing Studies at (252) 328-9206 or visit their website at 

Please contact the Office of Student Transitions at 252-328-4173 or if you have any questions.



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