Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to some of the more common questions posed by students can be found below.  Please contact us if you do not see the answer to your specific questions or if anything needs clarification.

2015 Program Dates: Sunday, June 14 - Saturday, July 18, 2015


Updated on March 11, 2015


1. Why was I admitted through the Summer Institute for Higher Learning?

Students are admitted to the Summer Institute for a variety of reasons. It is impossible to give one answer to satisfy all students. The Office of Admissions makes determinations based on their review of a wide range of variables including GPA, standardized test scores, grades in college preparatory courses, writing samples and letters of recommendation. For a more detailed response to this question, please contact the Office of Admissions.


2. Is attending the Summer Institute for Higher Learning (SIHL) optional for admission to EIU?

Yes and No.

Yes - If you are already admitted to EIU as a Gateway student it is optional.

No - If you were invited as conditional acceptance through the Summer Institute for Higher Learning it is not optional if you would like to attend EIU in the fall. Students must complete SIHL requirements to have full acceptance for fall.


3. If I am attending the Summer Institute as a Gateway student am I required to attend all mandatory events during the Summer Institute?

Yes. Mandatory study tables, programs, and events are all part of the educational transition experience designed to assist students in learning how to adjust to the college environment and develop habits that will lead to graduation from EIU.


4. What are the benefits of attending the Summer Institute for Higher Learning?

The Summer Institute gives students an opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, develop a peer support network, and familiarize themselves with the campus and its resources. Some additional benefits of Summer Institute include:

  • Start College Early! The program is offered during the summer, giving students an opportunity to start their college education in a less hectic environment than in the fall term.
  • Summer Institute students earn 6 credit hours towards graduation.
  • Students become familiar with the campus and its resources. Students are able to identify offices that can provide assistance throughout their time at EIU.
  • Students are housed in the same residence hall with all of the other EIU students enrolled during the summer, providing the opportunity to develop friendships both within and outside the Summer Institute.
  • Summer Institute students have the opportunity to assess and develop academic and personal skills in an environment most conducive to learning.
  • Guaranteed Tuition at 2014-15 rate.  Summer Institute students will lock in a reduced four-year tuition rate giving them savings over 4 years.
  • Guarenteed continued support from the Student Success Center throughout your freshman year.

*Assume 7.25% tuition increase with enrollment of 30 credit hours and in-state residency


5. What classes will I take in the Summer Institute? How many credits will I earn?

Students enrolled in the Summer Institute will take 2 courses for academic credit (6 Credit Hours). These courses will satisfy requirements in the General Education Core. All students will take ENG 1001G (Composition & Language) and choose* between SOC 1838G (Introductory Sociology) or GEG 1100G (Cultural Geography). Students will also participate in a Personal Development seminar taught by staff from the Student Success Center.

*Staff reserves the right to adjust course registration based on enrollment


6. What will a typical day look like?

The Summer Institute is a fast paced learning environment.  Participants can expect to be busy Monday – Thursday from early in the morning to late in the evening. Students will also be busy Friday morning, however time on Friday afternoons and the weekends are less structured.  Students will also have afternoons and late evenings free to run errands, have some fun, and just relax. See a typical week schedule.


7. Can I live at home and attend the Summer Institute?

No. All Summer Institute students are required to live on campus for the duration of the program. Students are encouraged to live on campus to form the connections with the other students, faculty, and staff. Our hope is that students develop the skills necessary to ensure their success at EIU. This is often hard to do with the distractions of home and family. It is best for students to live on campus to make full use of the resources EIU has to offer.


8. I heard that Summer Institute Students cannot go home for the weekends. Is this true?

Generally, we want Summer Institute students to stay on campus during the weekends. Most of the academic work at EIU is done over the weekend. The weekend time can be used to catch up on readings or homework. We have found that students do very little work when they go home for the weekends. For this reason, we require all Summer Institute students to remain on campus three of the four weekends the program is in session. Exceptions to this policy are made by Program Director on a case-by-case basis.


9. How much does the Summer Institute for Higher Learning cost?

Students enrolled in the Summer Institute will pay $3,233.56 (*correct amount, adjusted from brochure*) for tuition & fees, room & board.  Financial aid may be available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for general information about financial aid at Eastern Illinois University.


10. Where will I live in the summer? Do I get to pick my Summer Institute roommate?

Students can move in Sunday, June 14, 2015 between 9am to 1pm. All Summer Institute students will be housed on campus in Weller Hall's double rooms. If you know another student attending the Summer Institute you can request each other by sending an email to Once you have enrolled in the program, fill out the Roommate Matching Questionnaire to help us match you with your best possible roommate. Roommate pairings and room assignments will be released to students via EIU panthermail in early May. If you have Summer Institute roommate pairing questions, please call 217 (581-6696.



11. How will this affect my fall housing options?

Summer Institute housing has no effect on the student’s placement for the fall term.  However, students will not be able to complete fall housing contracts until during the Summer Institute and student has shown they are likely to be admitted in the fall.  After a student has applied for Summer Housing, they will receive access to RoomSync, a roommate matching service through Facebook.  This service allows the student the ability to search for a FALL roommate.  If a student matches with another student who is NOT in the Summer Institute program, they should email their FALL roommate request to and specify that they are a Summer Institute Student and are requesting a non-Summer Institute student as their roommate. For further questions, please call the Office of Housing & Dining at (217) 581-5111.


12. How do I get my student ID?

Summer Institute students will get their Panther Cards during Orientation (on the first Monday of the program).


13. How do I get a Net ID/email address?

Admitted students will get their Net ID and password on their letter of admission.  It is also on the student's checklist, available through "myeiu." For further questions, please call the Office of Admissions at (877) 581-2348.


14. How do I register for orientation?

All Summer Institute students will participate in orientation on Monday, June 15, 2015.  You will receive detailed instructions via email to reserve your place in the orientation program for fall 2015 course registration.  For further questions, contact New Student Programs by email or call at (217) 581-6435.


15. Can students work during the Summer Institute Program?

No. We do not permit Summer Institute students to work during the program. Students are attending class for 16 – 20 hours per week. There are required study sessions for 16 hours per week. It is our experience that students cannot successfully complete the Summer Institute (and thus be admitted to Eastern Illinois University in the fall term) while also working.


16. Can Institute students have a car on campus?

Yes. Students may bring a vehicle to campus.  It is important to be familiar with campus parking regulations to avoid unwanted fines. If you choose not to bring a car to campus there are other transportation options in the local community and beyond.


17. Is the Summer Institute a remedial or minority program?

No. The Summer Institute is neither a remedial program nor a program for minority students only. It is true that Summer Institute students are on the margins of the admissions criteria, and thus their admission to EIU is tied to successful completion of the Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute is not a minority program. This program is open to all students regardless of race or ethnicity.


18. Once I have been admitted to the Summer Institute, what comes next?

Once a student has received his/her admittance to the Summer Institute, they will log into MyEIU and complete the admitted student check list, RSVP to admissions by April 1, 2015, and pay their enrollment deposit to the Eastern Illinois University. Failure to complete both of these steps may result in the student losing his/her place in the program. Click here to print your SIHL checklist of dates, deadlines and other important information.

*Enrollment cannot occur until the enrollment deposit has been paid

19. What should I know about moving in and what to bring to the Summer Institute?

See the Summer Institute of Higher Learning Move In Tips  and the Housing and Dining Information Sheet for more information.


20. Who do I contact for more information?

For more information, please call the Summer Institute for Higher Learning housed in the Student Success Center at (217) 581-6696 or via e-mail at