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Transfer Event Information

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Student and Family Programs has made the decision to transition to online orientation, advisement, and registration services for summer and fall 2021 admitted transfer students.

We are so happy your student has chosen Eastern Illinois University to call their new home! New Student Programs wants to do all we can do to help students learn to navigate campus and connect to the university. New Student Programs provides two programs (participation for students is mandatory) to help with the transition:

Part 1: Orientation, Advisement & Registration

Your student's success at EIU is determined not only by the quality of their academic work, but also by how quickly they connect to the campus. 

Students will attend our Orientation, Advisement & Registration program to complete several important steps:

  • 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 classes
  • Learn the ropes from current students
  • Learn about campus facilities
  • Learn about campus support services and programs
  • Meet new classmates and get answers to your questions regarding life at EIU

Coming to college opens a new chapter in your student's life. The transition from high school to university setting is an exciting time filled with a myriad of opportunities. This transition also raises a number of questions and concerns regarding their first year here at Eastern Illinois University. We promise their orientation day will provide them with more than a class schedule; it will prepare and excite them for their first year at EIU!

We have designed an online orientation experience that will ensure a successful transition to EIU. Parts of the orientation will be through D2L, our learning management system, and other parts will be through Zoom, a free virtual video platform.

We are introducing #WebinarWednesdays this summer as part of the orientation experience. On select Wednesdays, we will host several webinars that will be available to you and your student to learn about various topics like Health and Wellness, Career Services, and many other resources. Click here to see recordings of the #WebinarWednesdays.

Part 2: Transition to Campus Program

This transition program will aid your student in settling into life on campus. The programs starts the weekend prior to each semester and continues through the first six weeks of the semester. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to get involved and learn about many of the programs EIU has to offer! Click here for additional information about the program.

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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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