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Welcome weekend

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.

Yes, you have to participate!

But with more than 150 activities to choose from, we’re pretty sure there’s something interesting out there for you. To learn about what you will be required to participate in select one of the following links:

I am a freshman

I am a transfer

Fall Welcome Weekend 2022 begins on Friday, August 19, 2022 and you will be required to participate in events throughout the weekend prior to the first day of classes. 

Spring Welcome Weekend 2023 is Saturday, January 7, 2023! 
Check-in begins at 10:00am in the Grand Ballroom and the program concludes at 4:00pm.  You will join other new students and the faculty/staff of Eastern for a day of activities!

Events fall into the following categories:

Connect to your New Community

Civic & Citizenship programming will help you become a responsible citizen by providing standards and expectations for integration into Eastern, Charleston, and greater communities.

Highlights include:

  • Student Involvement Fair
  • Jump Start 
  • Study Abroad Fair
  • Family Weekend
  • Resource Fair
  • Job and Internship Fair
  • And much, much more!

Connect to Academics

Academic Programming will provide a myriad of opportunities for you to become familiar with academic expectations. Outside of class, activities with faculty will introduce you to the intellectual life of the University.

Highlights Include:

  • Convocation
  • Freshman Small Group Meetings
  • Transfer Connections Workshops
  • College Meetings
  • Academic Lectures and Programs
  • And much, much more!

Connect to Wellness

Wellness programming will provide information on the importance of staying healthy. Learn how to maintain your health – both physical and mental - and how it impacts academic performance.

Highlights include:

  • Life skills and safety information
  • Student Recreation Center
  • AlcoholEdu (Freshmen And Transfers must complete by Monday, August 23)
  • Steps Up Bystander Intervention Training
  • And much, much more!

Connect To Eastern

Traditions and Culture Programming, which will introduce you to EIU traditions, history, and campus culture, and will foster an appreciation for the role of diversity in Eastern and Global Community.

Highlights include:

  • New Student Mixer
  • Up All Night
  • Quakin’ in the Quad
  • First Night
  • And much, much more!

Connect To People

Social connections events will provide you with structured ways to become involved in activities on campus. Events will help you develop personal relationships with others, as well as introduce you to campus organizations and activities.

Highlights include:

  • Hypnotist
  • University Board Events
  • Hall Council Meetings
  • And much, much more!

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