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What is Welcome Weekend?

We know college is exciting, but also challenging. So we’ve developed a program focused on helping you make a smooth transition to your new life as an EIU Panther.

Welcome Weekend offers educational and social opportunities for you to learn about community expectations and how you connect to Eastern – opportunities that will provide you with a solid foundation for both personal and academic success.

Welcome Weekend 2021

Wednesday, August 18th

Freshman Meet & Greet
7pm-8pm, 7th Street Underground, MLK Jr. University Union

Thursday, August 19th

Jumpstart (required for new students who move in on Wednesday, August 18th)
8:50am-12:30pm - Meet on Arts Avenue between Doudna and Buzzard Hall

COVID Testing
9am-3pm, South Quad

New Student Mixer 
7pm-9pm, MLK Jr. University Union

Friday, August 20th

Welcome Weekend and New Student Photo (required for all new students)
9am-10am, O'Brien Stadium

COVID Testing
9am-3pm, South Quad

Academic Showcase (required for all new students)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Doudna Concourse
College of Education - Buzzard Hall Auditorium
College of Health and Human Services - Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Jr. University Union
Lumpkin College of Business and Technology - Lumpkin Auditorium
Undeclared Students - Grand Ballroom, MLK Jr. University Union

Community Picnic
12pm-2pm, South Quad

2pm-4pm, Library Quad

School of the Arts Orientation (required for all majors of Art+Design, Music, and Theater)
2pm-4pm, Doudna Fine Arts Building Concourse

Up All Night
7pm-9pm, Tarble Arts Field

Saturday, August 21

8:50am-12:30pm, Library Quad

Find Your Classes Tours
1pm-3pm, Tours depart from Information Booth on the Library Quad

Panther Connections
3pm-3:45 AND 4pm-4:45pm, Various Locations
Staying Healthy in College
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Career Services
Staying Active Through Intramurals
Life Beyond the Classroom:  Getting Involved at EIU
Technology at EIU
Making the Most of Your Class Syllabus

Quakin' the Quad
7pm-11pm, South Quad

Sunday, August 22

Find Your Classes Tours
12pm-3pm, Tours depart from Information Booth on the Library Quad

Find Your Fit
3pm-5pm, Various Locations
Freshman Connection - South Quad
LGBTQIA+ Social - Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Stevenson Hall Lower Level
First Gen Students - University Ballroom, MLK Jr. University Union
Transfer Students - Stevenson Hall Lobby
Roosevelt Leadership Institute - Pemberton Hall
Pine Honors College - Campus Pond Pavilion

Convocation (required for all new students)
7:30pm-8pm, O'Brien Stadium

First Night
8pm, O'Brien Stadium


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