Transfer 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.

We are excited that you are transferring to East Carolina University! We realize your experiences and needs are different from those of incoming freshmen so we have designed an orientation program that highlights information pertinent to you as a transfer student. Whether you are joining the ECU community from a local 2-year college or from out-of-state, or plan to transfer from another 4-year institution, orientation provides an opportunity for you to discover aspects of ECU that differ from your previous institution.

Why attend transfer orientation?

  • Spend the night on campus
  • Lean about online registration and record system
  • Interact with other transfer students
  • Introduction to academic policies and academic support services
  • Meet with advisor and register for classes
  • Attend a campus and apartment resource fair
  • Get answers to dining options
  • Get your ECU 1Card (student ID)
  • Discover strategies for student success
  • Learn how and when to apply for available scholarships

If you are unable to attend the campus orientation you have the option of completing the online orientation by logging into Blackboard using your Pirate ID and password.


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