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EIU New Student and Family Programs


Before Orientation

  • Pay enrollment deposit

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Register for an Orientation program 

    • Registration can be accessed through  myEIU

    • If you need to change your Orientation date, contact New Student and Family Programs at or (217)581-6435.
  • Meet with your academic advisor virtually or in person at Orientation.
  • Submit your photo for your Panther Card.  You'll receive an email with instructions for completing this step so please be sure you are checking your email frequently.
  • Submit an official copy of your final transcripts, if you need to do so.

  • Apply for Housing.

  • Pay Housing down payment at myEIU.

  • Submit Immunization Record Form to the Medical Clinic by August 1 (fall semester), December 15 (spring semester), and May 1 (summer semester).

  • Check your EIU email reguarly for updates. This is the primary way EIU will contact you, so you will want to check it regularly for important updates and news.

During Orientation

  • Housing - Students who have not filled out their housing application or contract, or those who need assistance will be able to speak with representatives from Housing and Dining during the Panther Fair.  The Housing and Dining office will also be open for walk-in visits until 4:30PM each day.
  • Financial Aid and Student Accounts - Have questions about your aid, paying for college, or paying the bill?  Financial Aid and Student Accounts will be at the Panther Fair and will be open for walk-in visits until 4:30PM each day.  Families, please note that some conversations regarding financial aid may require that your student is also present.
  • Panther Fair - This campus-wide resource fair will introduce you and your family to the many, many resources and opportunities available on campus.
  • Banking - Open a student checking account at the only bank on campus, located right inside the MLK Jr. University Union.  More informatio about our U.S. Bank branch can be found here.

After Orientation

  • Make plans to attend Welcome Weekend, August 16-18.  Welcome Weekend is required for all new students.
  • Check your Panther Mail.  We'll be sending information regarding Welcome Weekend and we don't want you to miss anything!  Instructions for accessing your Panther Mail can be found here.
  • Refer to Housing's lists of what to bring and what should be left at home here.
  • Get your books from Textbook Rental Service.  You'll be able to do this once you return to campus for the start of the semester.  More information about Textbook Rental can be found here.
  • Complete AlcoholEDU for College, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergrads, and Mental Well Being for Students. These programs will open during the third week of classes. Please check your PantherMail for details on how to log in and due dates. 


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Contact Information

New Student & Family Programs

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6435

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