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.

ESO Schedule

Arrival Day for new students for the Spring 2020 semester is Sunday, Januay 12, 2020 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ELI Student Orientation (ESO) begins on Monday, January 13, and runs through Friday, January  17. Then students begin their classes on Tuesday, January 21.

ESO Schedule Date / Time Location
Sunday, January 12
Student ID And Dorm Key 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E253 / Dorm 
HMB Check-in  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E253
Monday, January 13
Welcome to ELI 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E253
SHS Health Check - Group A 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. SHS
SHS Health Check - Group B 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  SHS
Ombuds Workshop 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. HMB E250
EWT Test 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E250
Tuesday, January 14
ASL Test 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  HMB E250
SEVIS Check-in 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Dawes House  102
Computer Accounts Workshop 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. SAC 1100 (Harkin Digital Learning Ctr)
Group Photo / Individual Photos 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  HMB E253
Meet the ESO Coordinator  4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  HMB E253
Wednesday, January 15
Math Test 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. HMB E250
SEVIS Workshop 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  HMB E254
Mailbox Assignments Meetup 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  SAC Marketplace
Bank Account Workshop 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  HMB E254
ASL Game 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  HMB E250
RAVENS Test  5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  HMB E250
Thursday, January 16
EGT Test 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  HMB E250
Business Registration Workshop 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. HMB E254
ID Sticker / Library Barcode Sticker 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ely Center 132 / MLC Frontdesk
Residence Hall Policy Workshop 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. HMB E254
Residence Life Tour 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. HMB E254
Living Together Workshop 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. HMB E254
DPS Workshop 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E254
Deaf Comedy 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  HMB E250
Friday, January 17
Class Policy Workshop  9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  HMB E250
Student Conduct Workshop 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. HMB E254
Sexual Misconduct Workshop 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. HMB E254
ELI Staff Welcome / Lunch 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  HMB E253 / SAC Marketplace
SHS Workshop 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  HMB E254
ELISO Workshop 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  HMB E254
Gallaudet Tour 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  HMB E253
Meal Plan / Billing Policy 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. HMB E250
ELI Forms Workshop 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. HMB E253
Meet the ESO Coordinator  5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  HMB E253
ELI Wrap-Up Meeting / ESO Survey 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  HMB E253