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 6:00 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 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 and business registration and are officially registered for classes, you can begin attending ELI classes for the semester.


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 Spring 2018 semester is Sunday, January 7th. ELI Student Orientation (ESO) begins on Monday, January 8th and runs until January 13th. Then students begin their classes on January 16th.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
11 am - 6 pm Arrival Day (Student ID and Dorm Key) (HMB E253)

Monday, January 8, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 10 am Welcome to ELI / Check-in HMB (HMB E253)
10 am - 12 pm Health Check Group (A) (SHS (A))
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 3 pm Health Check Group (B) (SHS (B))
3 pm - 4 pm Mailbox Assignments (SAC Marketplace)
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 10:30 am RAVENS Test (HMB E250)
10:30 am - 12 pm SEVIS Check-in (Dawes House 101A)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 3 pm Computer Accounts Workshop (MLC B220)
3 pm - 4 pm Residence Hall Policy Workshop (HMB E254)
4 pm - 5 pm Residence Life Tour (HMB E254)
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)
6 pm - 7 pm Meal Plan Workshop (HMB E254)
7 pm - 8:30 pm Math Test (HMB E250)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 11 am DPS Workshop (HMB E254)
11 am - 12 pm GWE Test (HMB E250)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 3 pm Open Bank Account Workshop (HMB E254)
4 pm - 5 pm ASL Game (HMB E253)
5 pm - 6 pm ASL Test (HMB E253)
6 pm - 7 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)
7 pm - 8 pm Billing Policy Workshop (HMB E254)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 10 am Sexual Misconduct Workshop (HMB E254)
10 am - 11 am Student Conduct Workshop (HMB E254)
11 am - 12 pm Business Registration (HMB E254)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 2 pm Library Barcode Stickers / Group Photo / Individual Photo (HMB E253)
3 pm - 4 pm SHS Workshop (HMB E254)
4 pm - 5:30 pm EGT Test (HMB E250)
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace) 

Friday, January 11, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 11 am SEVIS Workshop (HMB E254)
11 am - 12:30 pm Gallaudet Tour (HMB E254)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ELI Staff Welcome (HMB E254)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Class Policy Workshop (HMB E254)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Deaf Comedy (HMB E254)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm ELISO Workshop (HMB E254)
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)