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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.

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 to 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. 

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.

What do I need to bring?

  • Bring a state/federal issued picture ID (to receive Panther Card)

  • School IDs WILL NOT be accepted

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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