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 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 a $400 ESO fee to participate in ELI Student Orientation.

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 2021 semester is Thursday, August 19, 2021 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ELI Student Orientation (ESO) begins on Friday, August 20, and runs through Friday, August 27. Then students begin their classes on Monday, August 30.

Fall 2021 ESO Schedule Date / Time Location
Student ID And Dorm Key August 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E253 / Dorm
Welcome to ELI / HMB Check-in August 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E253
Health Check August 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. SHS
Residence Hall Policy Workshop August 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. HMB E252D
Residence Life Tour August 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. HMB E252D
SEVIS Check-in August 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. HMB E252D - Zoom / Mona in Bldg 103
Math Test August 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. HMB E250
Deaf Comedy August 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. HMB E250
ASL Game August 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. HMB E250
Computer Accounts Workshop August 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. SAC 1100 (Harkin Digital Learning Ctr)
Placement Test (English) August 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. HMB E250
Ombuds Workshop August 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. HMB E250
Mailbox Assignments Meetup August 24 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. SAC Marketplace
Meal Plan/Billing Policy August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. HMB E250
Group Photo August 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. HMB E253
Individual Photo August 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. HMB E253
Gallaudet Tour (1) August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. HMB E253
Student Conduct Workshop August 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. HMB E252D
Sexual Misconduct Workshop August 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. HMB E252D
DPS Workshop August 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. HMB E252D
Gallaudet Tour (2) August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. HMB E253
SEVIS Workshop August 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. HMB E252D - Zoom
Business Registration Workshop August 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. HMB E252D
Bank Account Workshop August 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. HMB E252D
Gallaudet Tour (3) August 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. HMB E253
ID Activation / Library Barcode Stickers August 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Ely Center 132 / MLC frontdesk
SHS Workshop August 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. HMB E252D
Meet School Director August 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. HMB E253
ELI Staff Welcome August 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. HMB E253
Class Policy Workshop August 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. HMB E250