Step 4: Prepare to Register

Before you register for your courses, it is helpful to answer the following questions:


1. Is your current major correct?


If your major is not correct in Banner (ECU’s student information system), you may not be able to register for classes that are important for your major. To find out if your major is listed correctly, follow these steps:

    • Log into PiratePort and click on the Registration & Planning card
    • Click Prepare for Registration icon on the Registration & Planning landing page.
    • Select the term you are registering for and click continue,

Your major will be displayed on the right under “Primary Curriculum” as seen below:

  • If your major is NOT correct, please send an email from your ECU student email account to and include the following information:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your Banner ID number (e.g. B00… or B01…)
    • Your correct major

We will make every effort to process your change of major within 24 hours of your request. Depending on volume, requests could take up to 2 business days for processing. You will receive a confirmation email once your major has been updated.


2.What courses are recommended for your major?


  • To assist in registering for your first semester, we have created first-semester registration information packets. It is very important that you download or print the first-semester registration information packet for your major.


*Click here to find the first-semester registration information packet for your major.


  • Are you undecided? That is okay!
    You can view course recommendations for the Major Advisement Program for Undecided Students, here.Or, you can explore different majors ECU offers, here (PDF).


    3. What if I have AP/IB and/or early college/dual-enrollment credit from high school?


    • If you have completed AP exams or college classes through Dual-Enrollment at another college, you should send an official copy of your scores and/or transcripts to ECU for evaluation.
      • Official AP/IB scores must be sent from the College Board directly to Admissions. For information on how to order scores, click here.
      • Official college transcripts should be sent directly to

    To determine the credit you will receive, click below:


    Once ECU has received your official AP or IB scores, or an official transcript from the college(s) where credit was earned, the Office of the Registrar will evaluate those courses for official credit and will be added to your transcript. Dual-enrollment/early college credit can NOT be awarded from your high school transcript. All transcripts must be official to be evaluated.


    4. What else do I need to know to be able to register for my courses?


    One third of your degree requirements are made up of General Education Courses. These are requirements, typically outside of your major, that give you a broad, well-rounded education. Some of your general education courses may be determined by your major. If so, they will be listed on the first-semester registration guide for your major.

    The first time you complete Registration can be overwhelming and frustrating. In addition to the first-semester registration guide, you may find these common registration errors helpful.


    I know what courses to register for. Now what?

    Tips for registration prep

    The Office of the Registrar created some helpful videos & pdfs to prepare you to register. Here are the ones that are relevant to new students.

    *New students most likely will not have a Degree Works plan yet. Do not worry. Your advisor will help you with this in the fall.

    The Schedule Planner is a great tool that assists in finding the classes you need in a way that fits your life. After you are done creating the perfect schedule you can ‘Send to Cart’ and save for when you are ready to register. You can access Schedule Planner by signing into Banner Self-Service and clicking the Student tab.

    How do I to use Schedule Planner
    How do I register from Schedule Planner Shopping (PDF) Cart?
    Where is my Schedule Planner Shopping Cart in Registration & Planning? (PDF)
    How can I edit my Schedule Planner Shopping Cart in Registration & Planning? (PDF)