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Frequently Asked Questions- Freshman Students

What is Freshman Orientation?

  • The program is designed to provide an orientation of campus, allow new students to meet with an academic advisor, register for courses, and get to know other new students.

What does Orientation provide?

  • Learn about academic degree requirements (specific majors require mandatory testing)

  • Meet with your academic advisor to develop an academic plan

  • Use P.A.W.S. to register for your classes

  • Learn the ropes from current students

  • Become more familiar with campus facilities

  • Learn about campus support services and programs

  • Get your Panther Card (student ID)

  • Meet new classmates and get answers to your questions regarding life at EIU

How to register for Orientation?

  • Once you have paid your New Student Enrollment Deposit of $150, you can sign up for an orientation date through myEIU. Freshman students will be e-mailed an invitation to the program. The invitation will contain a program reservation link to myEIU. Students will need to complete the reservation form on-line to secure a program date.

  • After logging in to myEIU, click on View Entire Checklist Here

  • If you have paid your enrollment deposit, you will see a green box labeled "Orientation/Transition" and will be eligible to register.  

  • If you have not paid your enrollment deposit, you will not see the "Orientation/Transition" box and will not be eligible to register yet. 

How long is Orientation?

  • One day event; check in begins at 7:45 a.m.
    • (7 a.m. for Gateway Orientation)
  • Concludes at 4 p.m.

What do I need to bring?

  • Bring a state/federal issued picture ID (to receive Panther Card).
  • School IDs WILL NOT be accepted

What if I need to arrive the night before?

  • University Housing and Dining Services has a limited number of suites available for rent in Stevenson Hall during the summer Orientation visits.  Stevenson Hall is a suite style residence hall.  As you enter a suite you will first find a common living area along with 2-3 small bedrooms and a private bathroom for all occupants within the suite.  Stevenson Hall is located at 320 Grant Avenue, Charleston, IL.  For additional information about Stevenson Hall, please visit

    Wireless Internet is available in Stevenson Hall along with a direct access internet connection in each suite.  Bedding and towels are provided however we understand that most individuals prefer to use their own.

    Guest suites rent for $30 per night for the entire suite.  Guests can pay by cash or check at the time of check-in (sorry but credit card payments cannot be accepted at this time).

    Parking is available in the student lots immediately adjacent to Stevenson Hall.  Guests will receive a pass during the check-in process.  Reservations can be made by contacting Matt Boyer at or the Conference Services Office at 217-581-7482.  Guests can check-in after 3pm and check-out must be completed by 12pm.

How much does the program cost?

  • There is a one-time charge of $175 that will be billed to the student account. 

Can my family come?

  • Family is welcome to attend. We have a parent program that parallels the student program that will help answer questions. Different presenters will give informational sessions throughout the day.

What if I cannot attend Orientation?

  • Log in to myEIU and proceed through the registration process. When you are asked to pick a date, there will be an option - "none of these dates work for me." Select that option and our office will be notified. We will contact you regarding an alternate orientation.

What happens after Orientation?

  • Move-In: Students report to their assigned residence hall for check-in.
  • Prowl is a transitional program – a weekend full of educational and social events for new students to become acclimated to campus and connect to EIU and their peers. It’s full of opportunities that will provide a solid foundation for personal and academic success!

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New Student & Family Programs

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

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