DE Orientation

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DE Orientation

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Pirate ID

Upon acceptance the Admissions Portal displays your ECU Pirate ID. You will use your Pirate ID to access your ECU Email, ECU 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 is displayed in the Admissions Portal.

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 emailing 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 Piratemail 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

Contact your Advisor

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. A listing of academic advisors is available on the Options website ( Select "Current Students" from the top menu, then select the appropriate advisor list.

Pirate Port

Pirate Port is a customizable, image-rich, secure Web portal that allows students, staff, faculty and prospective students to access secure internal campus resources and services.

Click a tool to open or drag your most-used features onto your personal page. Some tools, such as Piratedrive network storage, open in a full window.

For a Pirate Port tutorial click here.


Banner is a tool available via Pirate Port that enables students to easily access course registration, financial aid and end-of-semester grades, just to name a few.

For a Banner tutorial click here.

Purchase Books & Paying Tuition

Students can select their desired textbooks, pay online, and have their books delivered right to their doorstep through Dowdy Student Stores.

Order Online
Sell Back Online

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. Due dates listed under Important Dates on the Cashier's Office page.

Beginning your Classes

Course information will appear sometime during the first week of the semester. Some faculty will contact students via the ECU email system prior to or on the first day of class with instructions on how to proceed. You should check both your ECU email account ( and Blackboard ( information from your instructor.

If you are unable to access course information, email your professor. To obtain your professor’s name and email address, go to and login using your PirateID and Passphrase (same as email). Under the TOOLS menu, choose Banner Self Service. A pop-up window will appear, so turn off your pop-up blocker to access this window. Click the Student link, then Registration, then Student Detail Schedule. Choose the appropriate term, then you will see a list of your courses; click the envelope next to the instructor’s name to send an email to your instructor.


Blackboard (Bb) is a course management tool that allows professors a way to provide course materials online in a user-friendly environment. Exams, assignments, discussion boards, virtual chat rooms and other forms of contact for all class participants and instructors can be found once the student logs in. If you registered for an online course that is being supported by Blackboard software, you can go to the Blackboard site at to access your Blackboard course and to familiarize yourself with how the system works. Your PirateID and passphrase are used to access your Blackboard course.

For a Blackboard tutorial click here

Information Technology & Computing Services  Student Help Desk
  252.328.9866 or 1.800.340.7081 (Student Support is Option 4)

Student Services

The Office of Continuing Studies student services staff is happy to assist you with your educational goals. Please contact us at

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