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Pre-Orientation Checklist

 This checklist was created to help identify tasks that should be completed prior to starting as a student at ETSU. To make your Orientation experience as smooth as possible, we highly encourage you to complete as many of these steps as possible before attending Orientation.

Activate your ETSU Domain account.  

As an new student at ETSU you will need to activate your ETSU domain and/or reset your password which allows you to access your personal information, email and campus services via GoldlLink (ETSU Portal). If you did not activate your account during the admission process, please visit the ETSU activate page ( and follow the instructions. Remember to bring this information with you to orientation. You will need it to register for classes.

Activate your email Account

Part of the ETSU Activation process will be the activation of your university email address. The University will use this account to share important information with you including: orientation registration/confirmation, advising information, account/billing information, and correspondence with ETSU instructors. Click HERE for more information about your ETSU email.

Register for Orientation

You will receive notification via eMail inviting you to Orientation. You will need to log into the orientation system, complete LAUNCH (online orientation), take the LAUNCH quiz, select a date and pay for an on-ground orientation. If you are not required to attend on-ground orientation you will need to complete LAUNCH and pay your orientation fee. Once you complete the orientation registration process you will receive a confirmation email.

Complete your immunization requirements

(Incomplete immunization information will affect course registration)

It is highly recommended that you complete the preferred IMMUNIZATION FORM which should be received by student health 30 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR ORIENTATION DATE (or as soon as possible). In lieu of the form, official medical documentation of all immunization requirements may be submitted. Failure to submit documentation may impact your ability to register for classes during orientation.

Please fax the completed form to (423-439-4560) or email to ( ).  For a complete list of immunization requirements please visit: If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian is required by law to complete the Meningitis/Hepatitis B History Form.

Immunization FAQ

Who can sign the Required Immunization Form? Your medical provider, health department nurse; or if transcribing immunization dates to the form the following individuals would be acceptable to sign this form:  authorized school administrator, i.e. school nurse, school counselor, immunization coordinator, or administrator with authority to access your individual immunization records.

 When should I have my records into the health clinic? It is recommended that the health clinic receives your records 30 days prior to your orientation date. If you are unable to get your records in 30 day prior it is highly recommended you do so as soon as possible.

Understand your Learning Support Requirements.

 Students requiring Learning Support will receive information through the mail  a letter from the University Advisement Center.   Additional information regarding Learning Support, placement and challenging  ACT/SAT test scores can be found HERE

Send final transcripts to ETSU.

If you have completed dual enrollment credit while in high school, please have an official transcript sent from the college through which you earned the credit  to the Admissions Office at ETSU prior to your orientation session. We want to make sure to award you the credit you’ve earned and that we advise you most appropriately. Failure to send an official college transcript may result in your repeating a course for which you have already earned credit.

If you are a transfer student we will need an official copy of your transcript from all previously attended colleges/universities prior to your orientation session.

If you have not done so already request that an official copy of your high school/college transcript be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, ETSU, PO Box 70731, Johnson City, TN 37614. An official copy is a sealed, unopened version.

* For By Invitation Only Orientation (BIO) student will submit their final transcript once they graduate.

Check your Financial Aid Status.

Check your Financial Aid status through GoldLink frequently. Use the Financial Aid GoldLink Guide to complete all of the steps in order to ensure your Financial Aid information is correct.

Advisement/Registration for classes.

You will be advised and will register for classes during orientation.  If pre-advisement is required or recommended, you will be contacted by your advisement area immediately prior to your orientation date with more information.  If you are not required to attend orientation and have completed Launch, please contact your academic advisor for assistance (see the Advisor Contact List for contact information).

 In order for advisors to provide accurate advisement and course options:

Transfer students: please review your Transfer Evaluation in GoldLink and verify that all college credit has been received and loaded. Please bring copies of any missing coursework (current semester enrolled, etc.) with you to orientation.

 Freshman students:  please have AP credit and dual enrollment credit sent to ETSU.  Official Dual enrollment transcripts must be sent from the community colleges that hosted courses.  

 Please review your Program of Study in the ETSU Online Catalog and review the GoldLink Registration Information in Launch prior to orientation to make the most of your advisement and registration times.

Apply for Housing (optional)

On campus housing is about so much more than just having a place to stay. You will find life on campus to be extremely convenient with many housing locations to choose from. Visit our Housing and Residence Life page to view housing options, see fees, and apply for housing. If you have already applied for on-campus housing a letter with housing assignments will be mailed to you.

Request housing for Orientation

Please contact our Department of Housing and Residence Life if you are in need of housing for orientation. 423-439-4446

New Students entering during the Fall Term only: The ETSU Department of Housing and Residence Life invites you to join us during Orientation and experience the educational communities in our residence halls and apartments during FIRST LOOK 2017.

FIRST LOOK is an opportunity for new ETSU Buccaneers and their families to meet other new students, enjoy social and educational activities, and connect with current students, staff, and advisors in a pre-orientation experience.  This program is at no cost to registered students and guests, and features lodging (during summer orientations), dinner and breakfast, as well as the opportunity to begin building connections at ETSU. 

Contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at 423-439-4446,  or

Purchase a Meal Plan

The ability to dine together throughout the day and seven days a week can have a direct impact on students’ residential experiences. This is especially true for the ‘freshmen experience,” which is that bonding time when first-year students are eating together in campus residence halls and dining venues where freshmen build not only friendships with each other but also tighter bonds with the University. In addition, research has shown that retention and graduation rates (not to mention strong alumni programs) are often directly affected by this type of meaningful program.

Beginning in the fall of 2016, the University is introducing the Anytime Dining Meal Plans, and all new entering freshmen (30 earned credit hours or less) who live on campus, except for freshmen living in the Buccaneer Ridge Apartments, will be automatically enrolled for a 7 Day Silver Meal Plan with the anticipated cost at $1675 per semester, but with an option to upgrade the plan.

 All students will receive information regarding the Anytime Dining Meal Plans via their eMail throughout the summer and special sessions will be available at all the summer orientations. Information is available on the housing website at .

ID Card/ID BUC$ (optional)

All students must obtain an official ETSU ID card, which you will receive at orientation. If you do not attend orientation you can obtain an ID by visiting the ID services office located on the 2nd floor of the D.P. Culp University Center. Your ID card not only provides student identification, but will allow you access to the Library, your residence hall, the Center for Physical Activity, computer labs, and selected classrooms. Your ID card is also used to access your meal plan and obtain tickets to athletic events.


You may also choose to create a debit account called ID BUC$. ID BUC$ may be used in the bookstore, all food service locations, laundry facilities in residence halls, Student Health Clinic, Library, Bursar's Office, and vending machines throughout campus. ID BUC$ is also accepted at participating off-campus merchants. You may make a deposit online, by phone or at the ID Services Office.


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