Freshman Admitted Student Checklist
Note: We also offer a personalized Admitted Student Checklist. Just complete the “Set up your PirateID and email” step below, and access the personalized checklist in PiratePort.
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Set up your PirateID and email
Please log into the Navigator account you created when you submitted your application. There you will find your PirateID and email address. Then, click here to activate your PirateID and create your secure passphrase. Need help? This helpful tutorial video will walk you through the process.
Important Note: All official correspondence will take place via your ECU email address. This includes tuition and fee bills, financial aid information, and any messages from your academic advisor, academic department, and faculty. Please check it frequently.
Verify your residency (NC residents only)
If you wish to claim in-state residency for tuition purposes, please make sure to complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) process at NCresidency.org, if you have not done so already. You will need to provide us with your Residency Certification Number (RCN) via your Navigator account.
Apply for financial aid and scholarships
Make sure to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. This will determine your eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and other financial aid programs. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage all fall freshmen to complete the FAFSA by March 1, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Review our scholarship opportunities specifically for freshmen. You will need to apply for scholarships separately from applying for financial aid. To find out more information on what is available, if you are eligible, and how to apply, visit the University Scholarships webpage.
Important Note: The deadline for most university scholarships is January 15.
Explore the Admitted Student Guide
Our online Admitted Student Guide provides a wealth of information about academics, campus living, and student life at East Carolina. Review the guide often as you make your way through the enrollment process.
Pay your deposit
Submit the non-refundable $100 Enrollment Deposit as soon as possible to reserve your spot in the upcoming fall freshman class. The priority deadline for Fall 2023 was May 1, but deposits are still being accepted on a space-available basis.
Once you set up your PirateID and ECU email, secure your enrollment at ECU by completing the instructions below to pay the $100 non-refundable deposit.
- Use the PirateID you created earlier to log into PiratePort
- In the search bar at the top of PiratePort, type in “tuition” and select “Tuition Statements, 1098-T Statements & Payments”
- In the new window, select the “Deposits” tab, choose the deposit term (i.e. Fall 2023), and click “Select”
- Choose “Enrollment Deposit – Main Campus,” and click “Select,” and then “Continue”
- Choose your desired payment method, and click “Select”
- Follow the steps on the screen to enter and submit your payment information
Note: You will receive a payment confirmation by email.
Submit your campus housing preference
ECU believes that living on campus is an important part of the college experience. Fall or summer term freshmen are required to submit a campus housing application as well as pay the $100 advanced room fee and $100 application fee. The priority housing deadline was May 1, but housing contracts and deposits are still being accepted on a space-available basis. Housing assignments are made in the order contracts are received.
Visit the Campus Living website for information on how to apply online.
Register for Orientation
Freshmen who are admitted for the fall semester must attend one of the two-day orientation sessions in June or July. While at orientation, students learn about resources available at ECU to help them be successful academically, socially and emotionally. In addition, students will attend group academic advising and course registration.
Visit the Orientation website for more information and to sign up for a session.
Review PIER and begin course registration
ECU’s “Pirate Introduction to ECU Registration” (PIER) provides guides for your first semester schedule and directs you through the academic steps to begin your journey at ECU. You may review the information on the PIER website at any time. Registration opens for freshmen on Monday, April 24 at 1pm. You will then be able to log into PiratePort and register for fall courses, provided that you have already signed up for Orientation.
Visit the PIER website for more information.
Submit your final official transcripts
Enrolling students must submit their final official high school transcript by July 15, 2023. If you attended a community college or earned college credits during high school, please arrange for that school to send an official transcript to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by July 15, 2023.
Send transcripts to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Mail Stop 517
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
We also accept electronic transcripts from most transcript services including the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Please request to have them sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Note: All admission decisions are contingent on your continued success. Students must maintain freshman requirements throughout the remainder of all coursework prior to their start term.
Complete Student Health Services checklist items
Visit the Student Health Services Checklist for New Pirates for information about health related requirements, including:
- Immunizations – Immunizations are a state law requirement and failure to comply will result in academic withdrawal. Learn more about immunization requirements.
- Report of Medical History – You must complete the online Report of Medical History form by logging into your Online Student Health account.
- Student Health Insurance – Health insurance is a requirement for students to enroll at an NC college or university. Once registered for classes, you will need to either enroll in, or waive out of, the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Verify social security number
The Internal Revenue Service requires East Carolina University to verify social security numbers (SSN) annually for accurate tax reporting on 1098-T forms. Having an accurate SSN on tax forms supports the tax deduction that a student or family may claim for qualified educational expenses on both federal and state income tax returns. Failure to provide ECU with an SSN may result in the student being fined in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code section 6723.
Download the SSN request FAQ (PDF) and follow the instructions to verify your social security number or individual taxpayer identification number.
Arrange payment of tuition and fees
Tuition bills are generated by the Cashier’s Office in early July, using the university’s Electronic Billing (eBill) system. Bills will not be mailed. Tuition and Fees must be paid by the date posted on your billing statement to avoid class schedule cancellation. Find more information about eBilling or payment options, including setting up a payment plan.
Purchase parking permit (optional)
If you wish to bring your car to campus, you will need to purchase a parking permit through ECU Parking & Transportation. Permits go on sale in August. Specific information and instructions related to permit sale dates and times will be announced later in the summer.
Contacts to Know
- Academic Advising – Advisor Contact List
- Campus Living and Dining – 252-328-4663
- Cashier – 252-737-6886 or email@example.com
- Dowdy Student Stores (ECU bookstore) – (252) 328-6731 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Financial Aid – 252-328-6610 or email@example.com
- Honors College – 252-328-6373 or honorscollege.ecu.edu
- Office of Disability Support Services – 252-737-1016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of Student Transitions – 252-328-4173 or email@example.com
- Parking and Transportation – 252-328-6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registrar – 252-328-6747 or email@example.com
- Student Health Services – 252-328-6841 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- University Scholarships – 252-328-5816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Campus Resources