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New Student & Family Programs Overview


New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) is committed to providing services for new students and their families to aid them in connecting and engaging in the EIU community. Eastern views orientation as an ongoing and multi faceted transition process which involves academic, intellectual, civic and personal development. NSFP strives to provide supportive programs and leadership opportunities for all students.


The vision of New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) is to provide best in class services that promote the retention and graduation of students by providing services and programs that encourage students to connect, engage, and learn.

Core Values

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Growth & Development
  • Positivity
  • Serve


Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (Debut)

Once admitted to Eastern, students will be required to attend the orientation, advisement, and registration program (EIU Debut). New Student & Family Programs will invite students to attend either a Transfer or Freshman program. The program allows students to meet with their adviser to develop a course schedule, learn about academic life at EIU, and discover opportunities and services that Eastern provides students. Family is welcome and encouraged at all EIU Debut programs.

Transition to Campus (Prowl)

All new students (freshmen and transfers) are required to participate in our transition program (Prowl). The program provides ongoing orientation and transition programming for new students. The objective is to provide educational and social opportunities for students to understand community standards/expectations and to make connections to EIU, providing them with a solid foundation.

Prowl begins the Friday prior to the first class day and will continue for the first six weeks of the fall semester. Events fall into five categories: Civics & Citizenship, Academics, Personal Wellness, EIU Traditions & Culture(s), and Social Connections. These categories will be represented in programming prior to the first day of class, providing a thematic foundation for the weeks to come. 

Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to guide and support students during their first year at EIU. Emerging Leaders will explore various leadership topics, learn about themselves and develop their own leadership style. Emerging Leaders connects students to campus by encouraging involvement in campus activities, dedication to academic excellence, providing support and guidance during the first year of college, and linking students to campus and community leaders.

Transfer Leadership Institute

TLI is a four week program designed to help transfer students grow, both personally and professionally, through several activities and discussions. During weekly meetings New Student & Family Programs will help transfer students to cultivate new leadership skills while continuing to expand upon those you already possess as a transfer student. The program will also discuss individual and group development as well as creating your own leadership style.