Your success at Eastern Illinois University is determined not only by the quality of your academic work, but also by how quickly you connect to the campus. To assist you in your transition, EIU requires you to participate in the orientation and transition programs; our two-part process to becoming an official EIU student.
Coming to college opens a new chapter in your life. The transition from high school to the university setting is an exciting time filled with a myriad of opportunities. This transition also raises a number of questions and concerns regarding your first year here at Eastern Illinois University. We promise your orientation day will provide you with more than a class schedule; it will prepare and excite you for your freshman year at EIU.
Once you have paid your Enrollment Deposit of $150, you can sign up for an Orientation date through MyEIU. Freshman 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 online to secure a program date.
Students Entering Summer or Fall 2022
We are pleased to announce that students will have the option of attending Orientation in-person, and we are excited to give you all the opportunity to visit our beautiful campus this summer! In order to protect the health and safety of our Panther community, students who attend in-person Orientation will be required to follow all university COVID protocols.
You will participate in EIU's Welcome Weekend prior to the Fall semester. For students enrolling in the Fall 2022, you will participate in Welcome Weekend from Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21, 2022.You can learn more about Welcome Weekend by clicking here.