The Office of Student Transitions
First Year Programs

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Frequently Asked Questions (New Student Orientation)


Should I attend an Orientation program?
Participation in the orientation program is strongly encouraged for all incoming first-year and transfer students.


Can you go to just a few hours or only one day of an orientation session?
Students need to plan on attending the entire orientation program.


When will students receive information about orientation?
Registration materials for the summer orientation will be mailed to accepted first-year students by early April and accepted transfer students by May 15th.


Once the orientation mailing has been received, when should the reservation form be returned to Orientation?
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 online or send in your reservation materials as soon as possible.  On-line registration does not apply to Mini- Orientation in late August or Spring Orientation in January. 


How does a student know which orientation session he/she has been assigned?
Students who make a reservation for an orientation session during June or July will receive a confirmation e-mail to their ECU student account. If you do not receive a confirmation within that time frame, please contact our office at 252-328-4173 to check on the status of your reservation form.  Please note that a refund will not be given to students who are assigned a session but do not attend it because they did not receive a confirmation.


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.


What will students do during the New Student Orientation program?
During the summer program, students will participate in a placement test, academic sessions, meet with representatives from their department and/or academic advisors from the area of their intended major, and register for fall semester classes. In addition, students will receive information about life at ECU.  The evening will be filled with activities and entertainment and will provide opportunities to meet new people and make new friends.


What will family members do during the Family Program?
Family members will also have their own orientation programs in June and July, which will run concurrently with the student program. This program is a fabulous opportunity for family members to get an introduction to what their student will experience at ECU. The fee for the family program is $85.00 for the first family member and $30 for each additional member. There is no orientation fee for children under the age of 17 who attend family orientation however, the family is responsible for the cost of the meals for these children and there is no child care.


Will there be a cost for the New Student Orientation program?
Yes, the summer orientation fee covers the cost for materials, activities, ECU 1 Card, entertainment, receptions, and four meals. The cost of the student is $100.00. Students choosing to stay on campus during June and July will pay an additional $25.00 that will cover housing and linens.


Do I need to take a placement test?
Students may need to take a mathematics placement test. You can practice sample exam questions by clicking on the link for placement test information and it will direct you to the sample mathematics questions.


May students stay on campus during orientation?
The summer orientation sessions offer overnight stays in one the residence halls.  We encourage students to stay on campus in order to get the full campus life experience.  Students also have the option of staying off-campus at a hotel or another accommodation.

May family members stay on campus during orientation?

Family members can stay in Jarvis Residence Hall during orientation. The cost will be $25 per person per night for shared occupancy (single traveling guest will be paired with another single traveling guest) or $50 per night for single occupancy. Jarvis Residence Hall is a traditional corridor-style hall with community bathroom facilities- there will be a community bathroom for each gender on each floor, but the floors themselves will be coed. Standard linens will be provided, but as a residence hall, the in-room amenities are limited, with no TVs or clock radios provided in the room. Wired Internet is available in the room (no wireless) and a community TV is available in the hall lobby. If you are interested in staying on campus, please reserve at the time of registration. 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.

What if I live far away and need to come early?

If you will be traveling a considerable distance to ECU, you can make arrangements to stay in the campus residence hall as an early arrival.  You will be charged an additional $25 per night. Please contact the Office of Student Transitions and First Year Programs  to make arrangements for early arrival.

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What if I have been confirmed for a New Student Orientation session, but need to change the date?

Because of the limited number of students who can be advised adequately on a given day, and the need to have accurate information when you arrive, it is important that you attend on the June or July date confirmed for you.  If you need to change a date, there is a $15 administrative fee; requests to do so must be received in writing one week in advanced of your confirmed session date.  Please send a letter to the Office of Student Transitions and First Year Programs, complete with the ECU Students name, ECU/Banner ID number, date they were confirmed for, and the date you would like to change to.


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, a basic calculator (scientific and graphing calculators will not be allowed on the placement exams), an alarm clock (if staying in the residence hall), comfortable clothes and shoes, swimsuit and gym clothes (for free time in the Student Recreation Center), an umbrella, a sweatshirt or sweater, and a book bag for materials.