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Getting Started

Admission requirements vary depending upon the program. Please check your program of interest for specific requirements. The admissions process takes time. We recommend that you start early and be aware of deadlines. In addition to application forms, many programs require a standardized admissions test, official transcripts and in some instances additional information.

For undergraduate admissions information, click here.

For graduate admissions information, click here.

Pirate ID

Upon acceptance the Admissions Portal displays your ECU Pirate ID. You will use your Pirate ID to access your ECU Email, Pirate Port, Blackboard or other course management systems. Visit the ITCS web site to activate your Pirate ID,

Pirate ID
The pirate ID will include your last name, first initial (or additional letters of your first name) and the year admitted to ECU.

Last name:Doe
  First initial(s): ja for James (or additional letters of the first name)
  year entered ECU: 2020 (year first admitted)
  pirate id: doeja20

ECU (Banner) ID

ECU has developed an ID system for all faculty, staff and students to replace Social Security numbers. This system was developed to better protect your identity and confidential information and to comply with the Identity Theft Protection Act.

Upon admission to the university, all students are assigned a unique “ECU ID” that identifies you as an ECU student. All ECU IDs begin with the letter B followed by 8 numbers. Your ECU ID  will be displayed in the Admissions Portal.

Example: B01234567

Checking ECU Email (Outlook 365)

Your ECU Outlook 365 email account is your official channel of communication when contacting the university. Use this account when e-mailing anyone at ECU. The Office of Continuing Studies will send important information to you, utilizing this e-mail address.

Example of ECU Email account:

To access your Outlook 365 account via the Web, go to and enter your Pirate ID and Passphrase. (If you have not done so, visit the ITCS web site to activate your Pirate ID,

You can verify what your email account is by using the following link: (enter last & first name and select Students Only to access your information).

For an e-mail tutorial click here

For additional information see the tutorials on the DE Orientation page.

Register for Classes

Take this opportunity to contact your advisor to introduce yourself and discuss registration. Your academic advisor will assist you with clarifying your academic goals and deciding on the appropriate courses for which to register. Undergraduate students will be assigned a registration PIN that will allow them to complete online registration. Graduate students are not required to have a PIN for registration.

A listing of advising centers is available on the Options website ( Select "Current Students" from the top menu, and then select the appropriate academic advisor list. Classes fill quickly, so we encourage you to register early. For a list of available online courses, visit the Options website and see the Current Students drop down menu.

For step-by-step instructions on registration click here (pdf)

Pay Your Tuition

Tuition payments for distance education courses can be made on-line through ECU's Pirate Port via a secure connection, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can access the Pirate Port at Click on the Tools tab and then under "Cashier" click on Tuition Statements and Payments.

Students who are awarded financial aid, can have available funds moved to the Dowdy Student Store for purchase of textbooks prior to the term. This process can be completed by contacting Continuing Studies via email

To avoid having class schedules canceled consult the University Calendar for payment deadlines.

For information about tuition refunds see the Tuition Refund Policy page.

For additional details on tuition, click here.

Purchase Your Books

The Distance Learning Center at the Dowdy Student Stores provides students with an easy online option for textbook purchases and support.

Click here to purchase books from Dowdy Student Stores.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us,

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