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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. 

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.