2015 SIHL cohort

EIU Summer Institute for Higher Learning

The Eastern Illinois University Summer Institute for Higher Learning (SIHL) is a bridge program EIU offers to select freshman students each year by invitation only through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (1-877-581-2348). This five-week program is designed to help students make a successful transition from the high school environment to the EIU college environment.

If you have received an invitation from the EIU Office of Admissions regarding this program and are interested in participating:


2016  Program Dates

Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 29, 2016

Program Components

  • University-Level Classes (Earn six credit hours toward graduation)
  • Seminar Sessions
  • Study Groups
  • Living Learning Community (On-campus housing)
  • One-on-One Academic Coaching and Library Research Assistance

Program Advantages

  • Students get to start college early.
  • Students learn about campus resources and become familiar with campus prior to starting in the fall.
  • Student connect with other students and build relationships with professors and advisors ahead of time.
  • Classes students take during the program will count toward their degree, even if they are undecided.
  • Students receive individual academic support and advising throughout the year.
  • Students will lock in reduced four-year tuition rate for previous academic year.

Program Requirements

Students are offered a place in the Summer Institute as part of their conditional acceptance offer from EIU for the following fall semester (Gateway students excluded). This means participants must successfully complete the summer program requirements in order to continue at EIU in the fall (Gateway students excluded).

  • Students must earn 2.5 or better GPA (based on a 4 point scale). (Gateway students exempt)
  • Students must earn at least a C in both courses. (Gateway students exempt)
  • Students must meet additional GPA, completion, and attendance requirements during their first full academic year at EIU for continued enrollment. A complete description of these requirements can be found here. (Gateway students exempt)
  • Students must attend all mandatory classes, workshops and other activities.
  • Students must pay tuition and room and board in the amount of $3,233.56 (*correct amount, adjusted from brochure) for the summer program (financial aid may be available).
  • Students must adhere to the University Student Conduct Code and Housing Rules.

The Summer Institute is designed to challenge students and requires dedication, perseverance and a significant amount of time, but it will be worth the effort!

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers to questions that are commonly asked.

Helpful Documents

Click here for a bank of helpful documents for students who have already enrolled in the 2015 Summer Institute.

Faculty Videos

Click here to view short videos of actual SIHL 14 faculty describing their courses!

2014 Webinar

To view the video of the SIHL 2014 informational webinar click here.

Past SIHLs

To view photos from past SIHLs click here.

2012 Report    2013 Report    2014 Report     2015 Report

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