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Frequently Asked Questions (New Student Orientation - January)


When is spring orientation?
Orientation will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013.
Who should attend spring orientation?
First-time, full-time freshmen should attend the spring orientation. Transfer students have the  option of attending the spring orientation or completing an online orientation. (See details below).
When do I register for spring courses?
You will register for classes on Friday, January 11. If you are a transfer student and completing the online orientation, please see the information below.
Which placement tests will be offered?
Placement tests ensure that you will start your courses at the correct level. The mathematics placement test will be administered to orientation students on Friday, January 6. You are required to take a math placement test unless you have received credit for a college algebra course, scored 540 or above on the mathematics portion of the SAT, scored a 20 or above on the math portion of the ACT, or scored 400 or above on the SAT Level IIC achievement test in mathematics. A basic four-function calculator is permitted (not a scientific or graphing calculator).
Sample test questions may be found online at
If you are unsure whether you need to take the math placement test, you may inquire during the check-in process.
What should I bring?
You will need photo identification (a valid driver’s license, state-issued ID, a military ID, or a passport) and a basic four-function calculator. (You can use it on the math placement exam. Scientific and graphing calculators are not permitted.)
If you are a transfer student, please bring your ECU evaluation of credits allowed by transfer.
Is there a family program?
Yes! We encourage you to bring your family members to the family member program that will be held on Friday, January 11. There is no cost for the family program. The family program will contain sessions to introduce family members to the resources available to their student at ECU.
Where do I check in?
Check-in will be in Mendenhall Student Center from 8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m. You will receive a detailed schedule and necessary materials for your class registration process.
Where do I park?
During orientation, you must park at the Gold Lot at Minges Coliseum/Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium parking lot located off Charles Boulevard. A shuttle bus will take you to Mendenhall Student Center and will return you to the parking lot later in the day. The shuttle will begin running at 7:30 a.m. and will have “Orientation” on the marquee. For more information on parking or purchasing a parking permit for the spring semester, call 252-328-6294. On the back of this brochure is a parking pass you should use for parking on January 6. Please place the parking pass on the  dash of your car. If it is not there, you will get a parking citation! Orientation cannot be responsible for parking citations.
What will it cost?
The cost is $70 per person, which includes academic materials, lunch, an ECU 1 Card, and placement test materials. You will also receive a flash drive that includes ECU information and a course catalog.
How do I reserve a space for orientation?
So that we may prepare for your arrival, please return the attached reservation form with your check or money order by December 21, 2012. If you do not get your form in by the deadline, you may bring it to the Cashier’s Office on January 11, 2013.
How do I complete the Online Transfer Orientation?
An online orientation will be available for transfer students in November. Complete the online orientation by logging into Blackboard using your Pirate ID and password. You will click on the Online Transfer Orientation, view presentations, and complete a short quiz. During  the quiz you will find a code. You will contact your advisor, give them the code, and discuss the class registration process. Advisor names and contact information will be available through the online orientation. There is no cost for this program; however, you will be responsible for your  ECU 1 Card.