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Prospective and Current Graduate Students

Welcome to Eastern Illinois University and congratulations on making the decision to continue on to a graduate degree. Similar to an undergraduate degree, the Office of Student Disability Services at Eastern Illinois University continues to be a support service available for individuals with disability needs at the graduate level.

When deciding to go to graduate school or while attending, you may have questions. The Graduate School website provides information for both prospective and current students. You will also find contact information for the Graduate School. Click here to visit our Graduate School website.

The admission process at Eastern Illinois University is a two-part process for graduate studies. Click here to learn about the admissions process and online application.

When applying for graduate studies, many programs require different forms of assessments. In order to better support preparation for these assessments, the following links and explanations have been provided. The links are organized based on the different assessments required.

 

Frequently asked questions:

  • How do I decide a major or know what to do with a major? (click here)
  • Are there any academic support programs available for students registered with the OSDS? (click here)
  • I have applied to EIU and been accepted. What do I need to do to ensure that I receive accommodations for my classes? (click here)
  • What is the process for receiving my accommodations letter? (click here)
  • Where can I find information on the ACT? (click here)
  • Where can I find help in preparation for teacher certification assessment needs? (click here)


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  •   How do I decide a major or know what to do with a major?
    • Some students know exactly what they want to do after graduation and what is needed to reach this goal. Other students may require some support in figuring out what they would like to do. Eastern Illinois University’s Career Center is an available resource to help students looking for guidance in possible career options. Click here to visit the Career Center website to learn more.

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  • Are there any academic support programs available for students registered with the OSDS?
    • Yes! FOCUS is a program offered by OSDS. The FOCUS program is a free, one-on-one mentoring program in which students with disabilities meet individually with a student mentor from the Office of Student Disability Services. The purpose of the FOCUS program is to provide participants with the skills and supports they need to achieve academic success at the college level. Mentors help participants expand their understanding and awareness of their disability as well as their academic strengths and weaknesses. Time management and organizational skills are reviewed with all FOCUS participants. In addition, participants will learn compensatory strategies, skill sets, various study techniques, and assistive computer software programs.
    • Click here to view the program brochure.

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  • I have applied to EIU and been accepted. What do I need to do to ensure that I receive accommodations for my classes?

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  • What is the process for receiving my accommodation letter?
    • Accommodation Letters Procedures
      • Current students must come into the office to pick up a new letter every semester either before or during the first week of classes.
      • Teachers must be given a minimum of one week to prepare for testing accommodations when possible.
      • Letters are printed in the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) as students request them. Students may call ahead to have them ready only if they plan to pick them up that day.
      • Students are given an original printed copy for their records and one copy for each of their instructors.
      • Students must meet with instructors during office hours to discuss accommodations; if they have a time conflict, they must make an appointment to meet with the instructor at a different time. DO NOT JUST HAND THEM YOUR LETTER.
      • Students should complete the chart entitled “Accommodation Arrangements by Class" and keep it for their records. Click here to view this chart in Microsoft Word.
      • If a student has followed the above steps and is not being accommodated, they need to contact OSDS right away.
      • If students are experiencing difficulty and would like to have additional accommodations considered, they should contact OSDS.
      • Students should let OSDS know if they have issues or concerns as they happen. This can help prevent more difficult issues from occurring.
      • Students with interim accommodations (you will be told if you have interim accommodations) receive a letter with an INTERIM stamp on it. These are only good for one semester while you are getting documentation for OSDS.

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