New Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to ECU!  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.  We have prepared an orientation program to assist you with the transition to the ECU community.  You will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor, attend academic sessions, take placement tests, and register for your classes.  A walking tour will be offered during check-in only, so arrive early if you would like a tour.

Download the Fall Orientation registration form.
Online registration is no longer available for the August 22 orientation. If you are interested in attending Friday's orientation, you can sign up and pay the orientation fee when you arrive Friday morning. Please be sure to arrive early enough to visit the Cashier's Office to pay for orientation before checking in with the Orientation program.

Also, please note that if you mail a registration form, it will not reach us before the orientation session. All students interested in attending the August 22 orientation that have not already registered can sign up on Friday as walk-ins.

When is Fall Orientation?
Orientation will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014.

What will it cost?
The cost is $100 per person, which includes academic materials, lunch on Friday, and an ECU 1 card.

Where do I check in?

Check-in for Fall Orientation will be on the 2nd Floor of Mendenhall Student Center in Room 244 from 8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.  At check-in, you will receive a detailed schedule and necessary materials. For those students residing in university housing for the Fall semester, please contact Campus Living at  252-328-4663 if you have questions concerning move-in.

How do I reserve a space for Fall Orientation?
So that we may prepare for your arrival, please register for orientation by using the attached reservation form or register online at (coming soon!) by August 19th.  Please include check or money order.  If you do not get your form in by the deadline, you may bring it to the cashier’s office on August 22, 2014.

Where do I park?
During Fall Orientation you must park at the Gold Lot at Minges Coliseum/Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium parking lot located off Charles Blvd. 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.  The shuttle will have “Orientation” on the marquee.  For more information on parking or purchasing a parking permit for the Fall semester, you may call (252) 328-6294.  You will receive a parking permit prior to Fall Orientation that you should print and bring with you to place in the dash of your car.

Which Placement Tests will be offered?
Placement tests ensure that you start your courses at the correct level.  The mathematics placement test will be administered during orientation.  Students who score 540 or above on the mathematics portion of the SAT, who score 400 or above on the SAT Level IIC achievement test in mathematics, or who score a 20 or above on the math portion of the ACT are not required to take the math placement rest.  Sample test questions may be found online at

Foreign Languages
If you studied a foreign language in high school, you are encouraged to take a foreign language placement test.  Students must take a placement test before enrolling in SPAN 1001.  Spanish, French, and German placement tests can be taken online at  Placement tests for other languages can be arranged by contacting Jason Walker at

What Should I Bring?

Bring a valid driver’s license, state-issued ID card, passport, or military ID in order to receive your ECU 1 Card.

Is There a Family Program?

There is a family orientation and we encourage them to attend.  There is no cost for this program, however their meals are not included.  (They may pay on their own).  The family program will contain sessions to introduce them to the resources available to their student at ECU.

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.

The New Student Orientation Program is designed to:

  • Academically prepare you for your first semester through placement testing, meeting with an advisor, and registering for classes.
  • Make you aware of important academic rules and regulations.
  • Introduce student life and involvement.
  • Provide a taste of what college life at ECU is like.
  • Help you to learn your way around campus.
  • Let you meet your fellow Pirates!

Did you receive the email about the Pirate Introduction to ECU Registration tutorials? PIER modules are now available online. Visit the PIER site for more information. The online quiz will be available on Tuesday, May 27 at 1:00pm. Remember that you must be registered for New Student Orientation before being eligible to take the quiz.

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