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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.
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.
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.
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
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
their classes on Monday, August 30.
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