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.

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 2018 semester is Wednesday, August 15th. ELI Student Orientation (ESO) begins on Thursday, August 16th and runs until August 24th. Then students begin their classes on August 27th.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
11 am - 5 pm Arrival Day (Student ID and Dorm Key) (HMB E253)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 11 am Welcome to ELI / Check-in HMB (HMB E253)
11 am - 12 pm Health Check Group (A) (SHS (A))
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 2 pm Health Check Group (B) (SHS (B))
2 pm - 4 pm RAVENS Test (HMB E250)
4 pm - 5 pm Free
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)

Friday, August 17, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 10 am SEVIS Check-in (Dawes House 101A)
10 am - 11 am ASL Test (HMB E250)
11 am - 12 pm Meal Plan Workshop (HMB E254)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 2 pm English Writing Test (EWT) (HMB E250)
2 pm - 3 pm Office of Ombuds Workshop (HMB E254)
3 pm - 4 pm Math Test (HMB E250)
4 pm - 5 pm ASL Game (HMB E254)
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)

Monday, August 20, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 10 am Billing Policy Workshop (HMB E254)
10 am - 11 am Student Conduct Workshop (HMB E254)
11 am - 12 pm Sexual Misconduct Workshop (HMB E254)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 2 pm Post office (SAC Marketplace)
2 pm - 4 pm English General Test (EGT) (HMB E250)
4 pm - 5 pm Free
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 11 am Gallaudet Tour (HMB E254)
11 am - 12 pm DPS Workshop (HMB E254)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 2 pm Open Bank Account Workshop (HMB E254)
2 pm - 3 pm Class Policy Workshop (HMB E254)
3 pm - 5 pm Global Connection Gathering (GCG) (Dawes House)
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace) 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 11 am Computer Accounts Workshop (HMB E304)
11 am - 12 pm Deaf Comedy (HMB E250)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 3 pm Personal Discovery / Team Building (Ropes Course)
3 pm - 5 pm ID Activation / Library Barcode Stickers (HMB E254)
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 10 am Free
10 am - 12 pm SEVIS Workshop (HMB E254)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 2 pm SHS Workshop (HMB E254)
2 pm - 3 pm Meeting with the ESO Coordinator (HMB E253)
3 pm - 4 pm Group Photo / Individual Photo (HMB E253)
4 pm - 5 pm Free
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)

Friday, August 24, 2018

TimeEvent Details / Location
9 am - 10 am Free
10 am - 12 pm Business Registration (HMB E254)
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch (SAC Marketplace)
1 pm - 2 pm ELI Staff Welcome (HMB E254)
2 pm - 3 pm Free
3 pm - 4 pm ELISO Workshop (HMB E254)
5 pm - 6 pm Dinner (SAC Marketplace)