Advising Process

Registration Process/Directions
PIER: Pirate Introduction to ECU Registration
  • Incoming freshmen: As a new student, you have the opportunity to register for courses prior to attending orientation. The "Pirate Introduction to Early Registration" (PIER) online tutorial is an introduction to academic and registration information. In addition, you will learn about ECU's majors and recommended first semester course schedules. Once you have registered for New Student Orientation and completed PIER, you will be able to start constructing your fall course schedule. Please remember that the schedule you create on PIER can be adjusted throughout the summer and that academic advisors will be available during New Student Orientation to assist you. Stay tuned to your ECU email account for the PIER message so you can review important information and prepare for course registration.
  • Advising appointments begin EARLY in the semester! To avoid complications during registration, schedule your appointment with your advisor as soon as possible!!! Follow the link for more information on making an appointment.

Students register online using Banner Self Service through Pirate Port. Students have the opportunity to register for courses for the upcoming semester well in advance during pre-registration. Pre-registration for the spring semester occurs during the fall semester. Pre-registration for summer/fall semesters occurs during the spring semester. Students are assigned to registration windows during pre-registration based on their total earned hours. Students may begin registering for courses during their registration window if they have their 6 digit registration PIN code. Every pre-registration your PIN code will change, and students must meet with their advisor for a pre-registration advising appointment prior to pre-registration to obtain this code!

Pre-Registration Advising Appointment DOs and DON'Ts: 

  • DO schedule an appointment EARLY in the semester through your Pirate Port - "Tools" - "Scheduler" or by calling (252) 328-4645. Appointments for advising should be made for 30 minutes. If you need to do major exploration, please schedule your appointment for an hour EARLY in the semester.
  • DO talk with our front desk staff when calling (if no one answers, leave a voicemail).
  • DO leave a message if you get the Advising Center's voicemail. There are a lot of calls this time of year, so please be patient and know your call will be returned. Please make sure to clearly leave your phone number with area code!
  • DO be aware of your advisor's schedule. The Advising Center is open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, unless otherwise communicated.
  • DON'T email your advisor a request for your registration PIN code by email. All students must meet with their advisor in person to obtain this code.

Once students have met with their advisors for a pre-registration advising appointment and have obtained their registration PIN code, they are ready to begin preparation for registering.  Students should prepare by researching and creating an ideal schedule based on the suggested courses that were discussed in their pre-registration advising appointment. Courses often close so students must also identify several alternative classes for their ideal schedule. NOTE that identifying the CRN numbers for courses during preparation will help make registration quicker and more efficient for students.

MANY questions you will encounter while registering are answered on our website - see the pages below for assistance:

  • COMMON BANNER ERRORS - this page will assist when you receive an error while attempting to register for a course.  You will need to make sure to record the error received so that you may find out what it means and what to do about it.
  • CLOSED COURSES - this page will assist you if you're struggling to register for courses, this is the process in place to assist you.
  • FOUNDATIONS CURRICULUM - this page will help you determine what courses you may take to fulfill your major's free choice FC requirements. The FC Worksheet will help you determine what prefixes tend to fall under each category while the FC Newspaper will provide a list of specific course options.
  • FREQUENTLY USED ADVISING FORMS - this page includes information on the most commonly requested advising forms. LOOK HERE for info on taking courses at another institution (like a community college), re-evaluation of transfer courses, schedule reinstatement, appeals, etc.
  • PLACEMENT TEST INFO - this page will provide info on the various placement tests applicable to our majors. Info on the math placement test, fitness test, BITE 2000 computer challenge exam, foreign language placement test (not required for our majors but optional to those who wish to take foreign language courses), and PRAXIS I is provided.
  • REGISTRATION FAQs - LOOK HERE FIRST if you have a question! If it is not answered there, then compose a professional email to your advisor. Be patient for his/her response.
  • SUMMER SCHOOL INFO - if you are interested in summer school here or elsewhere, read through the info listed on this page.
  • GRADUATE SCHOOL INFO - this page contains info on the Pre-Professional Advising Center on campus. This center helps students to better understand the pre-requisites required for admittance into certain graduate level health programs for physical therapy, medical school, occupational therapy, etc.
  • ECU MINOR INFO - this page will help you research and understand the requirements for minors at ECU.
  • ECU CATALOG - this links you to the ONLINE undergraduate catalog. The catalog contains EVERYTHING you need to know about your major, rules and regulations, etc.
  • GPA INFO - this will help you better understand how to calculate your GPA and help you to understand the expectations ECU and the College of HHP has for you in terms of your academic performance. IF YOU ARE BELOW A 2.0 OVERALL GPA, check out this page!
  • STEPS TO FINDING A NEW MAJOR - - this page includes a three step process for exploring new majors. Follow the directions listed carefully and commit to the process of exploration to ensure that you end up in the right new major for YOU.
  • MAJOR INFORMATION - there are three pages, broken up by department, that include resources to help you better understand the requirements of your major: