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Gateway Program

EIU has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships. College degrees unlock rich and rewarding lives; at EIU we know that ability is not always reflected by the numbers. Our Gateway Admission Program looks behind the GPA and ACT/SAT scores to discover the true potential of a student.

Our focus in the Gateway Admissions Program is to provide students with a personalized academic plan and individualized attention during their first year at Eastern. We truly believe students who may not have the standard academic credentials can find a pathway to success. Our team of academic advisors and success coaches is dedicated to helping students activate a plan leading to graduation.

Benefits to the Program: It's About Success!

Supported Transition to College

Students will participate in both a specialized orientation and an extended transition program prior to the start of school. Individuals are also guaranteed a seat in our University Foundations course their first semester. These programs allow students to have a head start in adjusting to college life.

Academic Feedback

Through the utilization of assessments, surveys, and motivational interviews the student will receive academic feedback. This feedback coupled with periodic progress reports from faculty will aid the success coach in developing a structured study plan.

Success Coaching

Each student will receive a personal success coach to meet with regularly. Coaches will help students activate their academic plan and provide guidance and support.

Cohort of Peers

Being a part of the program provides students with a cohort of peers. Cohort programs provide an enhanced learning environments. The fact is individuals learn better if they study as a part of a group - a cohort. At the core it provides an atmosphere for students to grow their knowledge and skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Any freshman applicant with credentials outside the traditional admission criteria, but indicating academic potential as determined by EIU to be successful. (fall admission only)

How do students apply?

Students complete the regular admissions application. There is no separate application.

How are students admitted?

An Admission Review Committee will evaluate the applications of potential candidates. The evaluation may include additional academic indicators, a personal statement and recommendations.

Download the Gateway Reference Form.

What is the difference between Gateway and Traditional admittance?

Students admitted through the Gateway Program are required to participate in certain activities and adhere to the academic plan to remain enrolled.

View the Gateway Agreement. (NOTE: This document is for reference only and is not an application to Eastern Illinois University; returning this document does not ensure admittance to the university.)