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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 GoldLink (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. This website will also allow you to search for your E number if you do not know it.

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

It is recommended that you submit appropriate and complete immunization documentation to the University Health Center two weeks prior to your orientation. Failure to do so could impact your ability to register for classes. Please click HERE to see immunization requirements and important information. Please read this information thoroughly.

Understand your Learning Support Requirements.

 Students requiring Learning Support will receive information through an email to their ETSU email address 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. 

*Please bring a photo ID with you to orientation such as a driver’s license or identification card.

Advisement/Registration for classes.

You will be advised and will register for classes during orientation.  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 Degree Works Audit in GoldLink and verify that all college credit has been received and loaded. Please bring copies of any missing transcripts (current semester enrolled, etc.) with you to orientation and show them to your advisor. If you have questions about how your transfer courses were applied in your Degree Works Audit, please discuss with your academic advisor.

Freshman students:  please have Advanced Placement (AP) credit sent to ETSU (request thru  Official dual enrollment transcripts must be sent to ETSU from the community college or university that hosted your courses.  

Please review your Program of Study (major) information 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

Purchase a Meal Plan

The University is pleased to offer Anytime Dining Meal Plans which is available to all residents and commuters. Anytime Dining is a dynamic, flexible, and affordable dining program designed to provide students with all-inclusive, well-balanced, and nutritious dining options and menu offerings. Anytime Dining Plans include unlimited access to the Marketplace and may also be used at the Tree House Take Out during all operating hours. Along with current required meal plan holders, all new  incoming students  with less than 90 earned credit hours who live on campus, except for those students living in the Buccaneer Ridge Apartments, will be automatically enrolled for a 7 Day Silver Meal Plan, but with an option to upgrade to the Gold or Platinum 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. We encourage you to upload your photo ID by clicking HERE prior to coming to orientation!  

If you do not attend orientation you can obtain an ID by visiting the ID services office located on the first floor of the Basler Center for Physical Acticity (BCPA). 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. 


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