Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.

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. There is no fee for family members attending the August orientation, but family members are responsible for the cost of their meals.

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.

Do I need to take a placement test?
Students may need to take a mathematics placement test. You can practice sample exam questions by visiting our Placement Test page and it will direct you to the sample mathematics questions.

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 change orientation dates must be received in writing one week in advanced of your confirmed session date.  Please send a letter to the Office of Student Transitions complete with the student’s name, ECU/Banner ID number, date 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.

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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