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EIU New Student and Family Programs

Frequently Asked Questions - Parents & Family 

What is Orientation?

  • A program designed to provide an orientation of campus, allow new students to meet with an academic advisor, register for courses and complete several other tasks. 

What does Orientation provide?

  • Learn about EIU's academic degree requirements
  • Meet with an advisor to develop an academic plan
  • Use P.A.W.S. to register for your classes
  • Become more familiar with campus facilities
  • Learn about campus support services and programs

How to register for Orientation?

  • Log in to their myEIU, click on View Entire Checklist Here, then Orientation/Transition
  • They will also be e-mailed an invitation to the program. The invitation will contain a link to myEIU.

How much does the program cost?

  • There is a one-time charge of $175 that will be billed to the student account (first-year students only). 

What does the parent program cover?

  • The parent program parallels the student program and will help answer their questions and presentations will be held from different services throughout the day. You can find the complete schedule of events here.

How long is Orientation?

  • First-year students: the program will last from approximately 9am-2:30pm.  If you chose to do advising and registration during Orientation, please plan on staying until approximately 5pm.  
  • Transfer students: check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. and Orientation will conclude around 3 p.m., or earlier, depending on the advising appointment.

What do I need to bring?

  • The student will need to bring a state or federal issued picture ID (to receive their Panther Card). School IDs will not be accepted.

 What if your student 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.

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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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