ELI Student Orientation (ESO)

ELI Student Orientation Mission 

The mission of ELI Student Orientation (ESO) is to ensure a smooth transition to student life for new ELI students so that they are prepared for their studies when the semester begins.

Why is ESO Required?

During ESO, new ELI students will attend required policy workshops, take placement tests, open a bank account, get a mailbox at the Gallaudet University postal center, and do other activities designed to help new students get familiarized with each other, the ELI program, the Gallaudet University campus, and the greater Washington, DC area.

Instructions for New ELI Students

All new ELI students are required to arrive on time for ESO, which runs for one and a half weeks before the fall semester or for one week before the spring semester.

New ELI students who will check into dorm rooms need to be aware that scheduling travel plans to coincide with Arrival Day is important. If you arrive early, you will be responsible for paying nightly charges to Residence Life. There is a possibility that your dorm room would not be available if you arrive too early. In this case, please be prepared to find hotel accommodations.

On Arrival Day, please check in at Hall Memorial Building room E253 at the front desk. Check-in times are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ELI staff will help you get settled into your dorm room if you are staying on campus. If you arrive on campus when the ELI is not open, please go directly to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), located in the lower level of Carlin Hall, to get your student ID before proceeding to your assigned residence hall. Someone at the front desk of your residence hall will have your room key.

You will take required placement tests for English, American Sign Language (ASL), and mathematics. You will also attend mandatory policy workshops, follow Gallaudet University/ELI policies and procedures, and settle properly into your academic life as a new student. After your placement test scores have been evaluated by the ELI administration, you will be assigned to a level for English, ASL, and mathematics. Please note that mathematics classes are optional but the mathematics placement test is required. You will also be assigned to a Cross-Cultural Communication class, which is required for new ELI students. Classes will begin after the completion of the ESO program.

You will be attending business registration during ESO in order to officially register for classes. If you have any holds on your student account, you will need to do what is necessary to clear them. When you have completed ELI Student Orientation (including business registration) and are officially registered for classes assigned to you, you can begin attending ELI classes for the semester.

ESO Fee

New ELI Students pay an ESO fee to participate in ELI Student Orientation.  The ESO fee structure is listed below.

  • Fall Semester: $490
  • Spring Semester: $400

Please note that separate dining cards for the student cafeteria will be given to new ELI students to purchase meals during ESO. When the semester starts, the meal plan goes into effect on the student ID cards.

ESO Schedule

Arrival Day for new students for the Fall 2019 semester is Tuesday, August 13th, 2019. ELI Student Orientation (ESO) begins on Wednesday, August 14th and runs until August 23th. Then students begin their classes on August 26th.

Tuesday August 13
Student ID And Dorm Key Tuesday August 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E253 / Dorm
Welcome to ELI / HMB Check-in Tuesday August 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E253
Wednesday August 14
SHS Health Check - Group A Wednesday August 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. SHS
SHS Health Check - Group B Wednesday August 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. SHS
Residence Hall Policy Workshop Wednesday August 14 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. HMB E254
Residence Life Tour Wednesday August 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E254
Meet the ESO Coordinator Wednesday August 14 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. HMB E253
Thursday August 15
English Writing Test Thursday August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. HMB E250
DPS Workshop Thursday August 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. HMB E254
Ombuds Workshop Thursday August 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. HMB E250
Personal Discovery / Team Building Thursday August 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ropes Course
RAVEN'S Test Thursday August 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. HMB E250
Friday August 16
ASL Test Friday August 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E250
SEVIS Check-in Friday August 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dawes House 101A
EGT Test Friday August 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. HMB E250
ASL Game Friday August 16 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. HMB E250
Math Test Friday August 16 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. HMB E250
Saturday August 17
National Mall Saturday August 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Off Campus
Monday August 19
Meet the ESO Coordinator Monday August 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E253
Student Conduct Workshop Monday August 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. HMB E254
Sexual Misconduct Workshop Monday August 19 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. HMB E254
Computer Accounts Workshop Group A Monday August 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. SAC 1100
Computer Accounts Workshop Group B Monday August 19 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. SAC 1100
Meal Plan / Billing Policy Monday August 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E250
Tuesday August 20
Meet the ESO Coordinator Tuesday August 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E253
Mailbox Assignments Meetup Tuesday August 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. SAC Marketplace
Business Registration Workshop Tuesday August 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. HMB E254
Bank Account Workshop Tuesday August 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. HMB E254
Group Photo Tuesday August 20 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. HMB E253
Individual Photo Tuesday August 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E253
Wednesday August 21
Meet the ESO Coordinator Wednesday August 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E253
SHS Workshop Wednesday August 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. HMB E254
Deaf Comedy Wednesday August 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. HMB E250
Gallaudet Tour Wednesday August 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. HMB E253
Class Policy Workshop Wednesday August 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E250
Thursday August 22
Meet the ESO Coordinator Thursday August 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E253
SEVIS Workshop Thursday August 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. HMB E254
ID Activation / Library Barcode Stickers Thursday August 22 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ely Center 132 / MLC front desk
ELI Forms Workshop Thursday August 22 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. HMB E253
Living Together Workshop Thursday August 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E254
Friday August 23
Meet the ESO Coordinator Friday August 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E253
ELI Staff Welcome Friday August 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. HMB E253
ESO Survey Friday August 23 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. HMB E253
ELISO Workshop Friday August 23 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. HMB E254
ELI Wrap- Up Meeting Friday August 23 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. HMB E253