Transfer Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to East Carolina University!  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.  Our Transfer Orientation enables you to make a smooth transition into academic and campus life at ECU.  While programs and services at ECU are similar to those provided at your previous college or university, in reality every college or university is different so our orientation program will be of great benefit to you. You will be introduced ECU’s community, learn about resources available to assist you in making a smooth transition, and provide you with information to help you be successful as a student at ECU.

As a transfer student, you have two options for orientation and class registration: a one-day on campus orientation OR an online orientation. See below for more information.

Campus Orientation

A one-day on-campus Transfer Orientation will be held on August 17, 2017.  At orientation you will learn about academic policies, discover campus resources, meet other transfer students, get your ECU 1 Card and meet with your advisor to registration.

Orientation check-in will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and should conclude by 5:00 p.m.  The cost for attending transfer orientation is $100 for students. The fee covers the cost for student’s ECU 1 Card, program materials, meals, parking, shuttle service, facility usage, and staffing. If students are living on campus they can move in August 16, 2017. After registering for orientation, you must email orientation to let us know you have contracted with housing, are attending the August 17 orientation and plan to take advantage of the early move-in on August 16. Your email must include your full name (no nicknames), Banner ID, ECU email address, and the room assignment you received from housing.

Family orientation sessions run concurrently with student sessions and introduce family members to resources available to their student at ECU.  The cost for family members is $50 for the first family member and $20 for each additional family member.  This cost includes meals, parking shuttles, facility usage, materials, and staffing. To register for campus transfer orientation click here.

Online Orientation

If you are unable to attend campus orientation online orientation is an option. Access online orientation through Pirate Port by using your ECU username and password. There is a $20 fee for online orientation that includes the cost for your ECU 1 Card. Upon completion you will receive an advisory code along with a list of Advising Centers. Contact the appropriate Advising Center to speak with an advisor.  Provide the advisor with the code and they will help you with registering for classes. If you need to take the Math Placement Test, you will be responsible for contacting the Math Department to schedule a time to take the Math Placement test.  For more information about math requirements, visit the Placement Test page at To register for online orientation here. 

Distance education students should contact the Office of Continuing Studies at (252) 328-9206 or visit their website at  

Please contact the Office of Student Transitions at 252-328-4173 or if you have any questions.


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