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EIU New Student and Family Programs

Frequently Asked Questions - Transfer Students

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.

I'm already familiar with campus.  Do I still have to come to Orientation?

We're thrilled that you're already familiar with campus, but Orientation is about so much more than navigating our beautiful campus.  We'll give you the opportunity to connect with resources you'll need as a student, and you'll be able to connect with other new students.  Who knows?  Some of the people you meet at Orientation might end up being your lifelong friends!  For your family, it's also a time to learn about your transition to EIU, how that transition impacts the entire family, and how they can support you. We want you and your family to leave Orientation feeling confident, connected, and excited about returning to campus at the start of the academic year!

What does Orientation provide?

  • Learn about academic degree requirements (specific majors require mandatory testing)
  • Meet with an academic advisor to develop an academic plan
  • Use P.A.W.S. to register for your classes
  • Learn how to read your current evaluation report
  • Learn the ropes from current students
  • Become more familiar with campus facilities, support services, and programs
  • Get your Panther Card (student ID)
  • Meet new classmates and get answers to your questions regarding life at EIU

How do I register for Orientation?

Transfer 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. 

I signed up for Orientation but I can't remember what day I signed up for.

No problem!  Just log back into MyEIU and click on the "Orientation/Transition" box on your checklist. 

What if I need to change my Orientation date?

Just give us a call and we'll make the switch for you.  We can be reached at (217)581-6435.

How long is Orientation?

Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. and orientation concludes between 12 and 2 p.m. depending on your advising appointment.

Will there still be classes available if I have to come to a later Orientation date?

Yes, there will still be classes available!  EIU releases seats in courses through the Orientation program; however, your preferred time may no longer be available (Hello 8AM classes!)  We suggest registering early so you can get your first choice of Orientation date.  Regardless of when you are able to attend Orientation, we'll be there to help you through the advising and registration process.

What do I need to bring?

  • A state/federal issued picture ID (to receive Panther Card). School IDs will not be accepted.
  • Your questions!  You'll have the chance to meet with Financial Aid, Housing, and lots of other departments.
  • Notebook/paper/tablet/laptop to take notes
  • An umbrella, light jacket, comfy walking shoes

Can my family come?

Absolutely!  In 2022, students will be allowed to bring TWO guests; students and guests must follow all university COVID-19 protocols at all times.

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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