Welcoming New Pirates First year students attend summer 2017 orientation

Ten two-day New Student Orientation sessions are offered throughout the summer of 2017, designed by the Office of Student Transitions to ensure incoming students are comfortable and informed before arriving to campus this fall.

The first session took place on June 12-13 with remaining sessions running through July 17-18.

New Student Orientation is required for all incoming undergraduate students because we believe so strongly that your participation will significantly improve your transition to college life.

Get a taste of what these new students are seeing and learning during ECU's New Student Orientation, featuring photos from our first session.

Congratulations to the class of 2021 on your acceptance to ECU!

Here in Pirate Nation 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. At orientation, you will learn strategies for student success, discover campus resources, meet other new students, receive your ECU 1 Card, meet with an advisor and more.

The New Student Orientation Program is designed to:

  • Academically prepare students for their first semester through placement testing to meeting with an advisor.
  • Make students aware of important academic rules and regulations.
  • Introduce different groups like student life and involvement.
  • Provide a taste of what college life at ECU is like.
  • Help students learn their way around campus.
  • Lets students meet their fellow Pirates!
"ECU students...you are forever members of Pirate Nation and we want to see you succeed. We are here to do everything possible to empower you to succeed."

- Dr. Virginia D. Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Orientation Assistants are upper-class students who assist new students in their transition to ECU.


While walking through main campus make sure to use the official ECU Orientation Snapchat filter!

ECU Transit Tours

After check-in students and parents can hop on an ECU bus for a campus tour.

Each bus tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.

ECU Student ID

Get ready to have your ECU 1 Card picture taken at the Old Cafeteria Complex.

Your 1 Card is you Official ECU Identification you will use this for many things like:

  • Meal plans & Pirate Bucks
  • Bookstore purchases
  • Campus Libraries
  • Athletic & event tickets
  • Student Health Center
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Intramural sport participation

What to bring

  • A valid driver’s license, state-issued ID card, passport, or military ID in order to get your official ECU 1 Card.
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes. It will be hot and humid most of the summer in Greenville and there will be lots of walking involved.
  • Umbrella for those summer showers.
  • Sweatshirt or sweater because sometimes our air conditioning works too well.
  • Backpack or book bag for information and giveaways.

What to expect

  • A lot of walking! Orientation events will be held in a variety of locations to help you get familiar with campus.
  • Lots of information will be shared so be ready to absorb as much as possible.
  • To have fun! Starting college is an exciting time. Be ready to meet some new people and have fun!

Information sessions

During orientation you will have the opportunity to see a variety of presentations. Such as: Campus Safety, Study Abroad, Student Health Services, Greek Life and many more!

Get Involved

Stop by the Student Recreation Center and find out how to get involved on campus. Student organizations will have representatives on hand to answer all of your questions.

ECU Official Social Media Accounts

Use #ECUviews, #ECUorientation or #ECU21 & you could be featured on an official account!

"The top three things to your success are 1) Go to class. 2) Go to class 3) GO TO CLASS. It can be that simple." - Dr. Virginia D. Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

New Student OrientatioN AT ECU


Created By
Morgan Tilton


Photos by Cliff Hollis 

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