What do I do next?
(a checklist for new students)
As a new EIU student, there are a variety of things that you must do in order to get started. We’ve included this checklist to help you!
o Read through the New Student Information on the B.A. in General Studies website
- There is a lot of information included at this site for new students. As you read through the material, write down any questions that come to mind.
o Make an appointment to meet with your BGS Advisor
- Our office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are always welcome to come to our campus office for advisement. However, since this is not practical for most students, we also travel to off-campus locations for advisement. In addition, we can meet electronically with students on prearranged dates by webcam and over the phone. You may make an appointment or ask to talk to an advisor by calling 217-581-5618. Also, feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Join the BGS Listserv
- We use the listserv as a way to communicate with BGS students. As a member of the listserv, you will receive notification of off-campus schedule release dates, important deadlines and other important program announcements.
o Familiarize yourself with the PAWS system
- PAWS (Panther Access Web Services) is the University’s information resource for all students. Via PAWS, students register for classes, view grades and transcript evaluations, as well as obtain information about financial aid.
o Set up your EIU student e-mail account
- All EIU students have an EIU e-mail account that is essential and vital to their education. It is used by the University to send important information to all students. You should already have received your EIU Net ID and password, which gives you access to your EIU e-mail account; if you experience any problems, contact Cheryl Clapp at 217-581-7227.
o Browse the off-campus schedule via PAWS
- This will show you the classes that are offered at various locations. Remember, you have a variety of ways to take classes! We offer weekend, evening, and internet courses.
- EIU’s numbering system is: 1000 for freshman level courses, 2000 for sophomore level courses, 3000 for junior level courses and 4000 for senior level courses. If you need only upper division hours to complete your degree, be sure to register for courses numbered in the 3000’s and 4000’s. The courses numbered 5000 and above are for graduate students.
- The EIU undergraduate catalog limits the number of credits that can be earned through one-credit-hour courses to five.
o Register for BGS 2985 – Adults in Transition
- This is an orientation course for all BGS students and should be taken the first semester you are enrolled at EIU.
o Request your EIU student id card
- The University issues non-photo student identification cards to continuing education students. This card grants the student the same access to library resources as on campus students. To obtain this card, fill out the School of Continuing Education ID request form accessible from www.eiu.edu/adulted, after you have registered for classes. You should receive your card in 5 - 7 business days.
o Understand the Electronic Writing Portfolio
- The Electronic Writing Portfolio (EWP) is the method by which the University is able to ensure that all graduates communicate as effective writers. It is a requirement for all Eastern students. The portfolio is a compilation of three samples of a student’s writing. Those three EWP submissions may come from any undergraduate course for which the student has completed an appropriate writing assignment.
o Read about the guaranteed tuition rate plan
- The guaranteed tuition rate plan provides for a constant tuition rate, as set by the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees, for four continuous years beginning with the term of an undergraduate qualifying student's initial enrollment at Eastern Illinois University. For more information, please go to http://www.eiu.edu/registra/gtrplan.html.
o Familiarize yourself with Textbook Rental Services
- If you live within Coles County, you are required to come and pick up your textbooks at Textbook Rental Service. For some courses, textbooks will be picked up by the instructor or bulk mailed to the location site of the class. If you live outside of Coles County and your textbook is not being shipped in bulk or delivered by the instructor, your textbook will be mailed to you via UPS. Since they do not deliver to P.O. boxes, a street address will need to be provided. For complete information, please go to http://www.eiu.edu/textbks/contedfaq.php.