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Early Arrival



We are continuously updating this page for the 2020-21 academic year, if you have questions about your arrival time, please contact the Housing Office.  

Early Arrival Dates
Saturday, July 11  Football Team
Monday, August 4 (and 5th) 
Football Team 
Athletic Trainers 
Friday, August 7 
Resident Assistants 
Senior Staff Assistants
Night Assistant Supervisors 
Saturday, August 8  Resident Assistants 
Senior Staff Assistants
Night Assistant Supervisors 
Monday, August 13 NSFP Prowl Leaders
Tuesday, August 14 Women's Soccer
Men’s Soccer Team 
Volleyball Team 
Sunday, August 16 Desk Assistants
Hall Council Executive Board Members
Night Assistants 
Freshmen Connection Mentors
International Students  
Monday, August 17 International Students 
Admissions Ambassadors
Daily Eastern News
University Board  
Tuesday, August 18 Cross Country Team 
Sorority Recruitment Counselors 
PHC Chapters
Gateway Program 
Wednesday, August 19  STEP Students


All arrival times have been designated as 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm. Students in Greek Court will report to the front desk in Building 8.

University Food Court and Java B&B

Getting to campus a little early this year? The residential dining centers are scheduled to open for the 2020 Fall Semester with dinner on Aug. 18. However, the University Food Court will open for business beginning Aug. 3 to 16 from 11 am – 6 pm and will accept Dining Dollars.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union

The staff of the Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union, from the bookstore to the bowling alley, has been patiently waiting for the academic year to begin and are excited that students will be back on campus soon. Check out the MLK Union website for their pre-semester hours of operation.

Student Recreation Center


The Student Recreation Center will be open for early arrivals starting Aug. 18, Monday-Friday. Please refer to the Campus Recreation website for specific hours of operation and any additional guidelines. A Panther Card is required for entry. 

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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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