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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|National Mall||Saturday||August 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.||Off Campus|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|