Eagle Incentive Program
EIP is a summer program designed to provide students who are provisionally accepted for fall admission with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to succeed at college-level work. Students who pass all summer courses and earn a 2.0 or better GPA can enroll regularly for the fall 2015 semester.
Students who participate in EIP will be denied fall 2015 admission if one or more of the following statements are true:
- The student earns a cumulative GPA below 2.0.
- The student fails one or more courses with an “F” grade.
- The student does not complete the required 8 credit hours (because of a “W” withdrawal or a grade of “F”).
Requirements of the Eagle Incentive Program
- 920-1000 SAT (Math + Critical Reading) or 20 ACT (composite)
In addition to meeting Georgia Southern’s minimum total scores, students must also meet the Board of Regents state minimum requirements for each portion of the SAT/ACT: 430 Critical Reading, 400 Math; 17 English, 17 Math
- High School Academic GPA 2.0+
- Complete the Required High School Curriculum
*4 English credits
*4 Math credits
*4 Science credits (at least 2 lab science)
*3 Social Science credits
*2 Foreign Language credits (of the same language)
Students that are awarded college credit (including that from courses taken jointly while in high school, Advanced Placement, or IB exams) should report that to the Office of Admissions prior to beginning the Eagle Incentive Program.
Reserve a Space in EIP – Students who are interested in participating in EIP should complete the regular Undergraduate Admission Application. Qualified applicants will be invited to join the program. If you have already received your “EIP Mandatory” decision, complete the student contract and submit the non-refundable $65 deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space. Space in the program is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. An invitation to SOAR, information about Housing, Financial Aid facts, and fee payment information will be mailed to you as confirmation of your reservation in the Eagle Incentive Program. You can complete the contract and make your payment online, or by printing and mailing in the paper contract. Contact the EIP Coordinator for a copy of the paper contract.
Academic Courses and Professors – Students take three college-level academic courses and earn eight hours of academic credit during the summer. Courses taken during EIP are not remedial and count toward graduation. The professors selected for EIP have a proven track-record of successful teaching and student-centeredness.
Some EIP students, should they be successful in the program, will be required to take a co-requisite course in the fall along side their first mathematics course. This course will be added to the student’s schedule by their advisor. The addition of this co-requisite course is based on the student’s high school grade point average and standardized math test score. It is designed to aid students in successfully completing entry-level Mathematics and is based on research into EIP student success.
Dates of the Program – The program begins on Thursday, June 18, 2015, with Operation Move-In. SOAR (orientation) will be on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. The mandatory Conversations with Professors meeting will be held on Sunday, June 21 (more information about this event will be provided at SOAR). Classes will begin Monday, June 22 and continue through July 24.
Operation Move-In (OMI) – OMI will be held on Thursday, June 18 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Recreation Activity Center (RAC). At OMI, you’ll be able to get your student ID made, submit your immunization forms, get your summer class schedule, pick up your residence hall keys, and speak with representatives from Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Eagle Dining, Health Services, University Housing, Admissions, and Orientation. After you stop by the RAC, you will be able to head to your residence hall to get moved in. Because you will be busy all day on Friday, June 19, with SOAR activities, we highly encourage you to arrive on campus on Thursday for Operation Move-In.
SOAR (orientation) – Attendance at Southern’s Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) is a requirement for all new students at Georgia Southern University. The SOAR session for EIP students will be held on June 19 and 20, 2015. You will receive information about signing up for SOAR after you have submitted your completed contract and deposit. There is an additional fee for students and parents attending SOAR.
Financial Aid and HOPE Scholarship – If you want to be reviewed for summer financial aid, which includes the Georgia HOPE Scholarship, you must complete the appropriate paperwork in a timely manner. You should complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), found online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please note: For Fall 2015 financial aid, you must also complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA. More information about financial aid will be forwarded to you once you have reserved your space in the Eagle Incentive Program. If you would like to take part in the Nelnet payment plan for summer 2015, please contact the EIP Coordinator, Patricia Beavan, at email@example.com, no later than May 15, 2015.
Housing – You are strongly encouraged to live on campus while attending the Eagle Incentive Program. Living on campus is convenient, plus you will be able to meet other students and take advantage of the many resources and services available to you. EIP students will stay in Southern Pines residence hall, which offers suite-style housing with single-occupancy bedrooms with full-sized beds. Each suite is also equipped with a full-sized refrigerator and microwave. Move-in day will be on Thursday, June 18, and check-out is on Friday, July 24.
After you return your contract and $65 deposit for the EIP program, you will receive an email from the Department of University Housing about how to apply for on-campus housing for EIP and for fall semester 2015. Please apply for both summer and fall housing at the same time. Please note that fall 2014 housing is mandatory for all first-year students and rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A $100 non-refundable housing registration fee is required (You will only need to pay the $100 fee once for both summer and fall).
Testing Out of EIP – If you retake the SAT or ACT and earn a higher score that meets the minimum requirements for fall admission (1010 SAT or 21 ACT), send the new scores to Georgia Southern University, contact your Admissions Counselor, and ask to have your application reviewed again for fall admission. If you are accepted for fall semester, your $65 EIP deposit can be applied to your fall semester tuition.
Questions? Contact your Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions at 912-478-5391 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted EIP Students
Congratulations! We’ve reserved your space in the Eagle Incentive Program for summer 2015. Only a limited number of students have the opportunity to participate in this program, and we believe that you have the potential for success! You can look forward to many benefits as an EIP student, including professors who are dedicated to your success, having the chance to get used to the campus before all of the other students return, and earning credits early to get ahead of other fall freshmen. Now that you’ve been accepted, there are a few items you’ll need to take care of before classes begin. Completing these steps before you arrive on campus will help to make your transition to Georgia Southern smooth and easy.
Sign-up for SOAR (Beginning February 1, 2015). The deadline to sign up for EIP SOAR is Monday, June 1, 2015. Attendance at Southern’s Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) is a requirement for all new students at Georgia Southern. This is your opportunity to receive your summer class schedule and get signed up for fall classes, meet professors, and learn the skills necessary to succeed at Georgia Southern. Your SOAR session will be June 19 and 20, 2015. The SOAR fee for students is $85. After registering for SOAR, return to the SOAR website and click on “View Confirmation Letter” for more details about your SOAR session. Contact the Office of Orientation at 912-GSU-SOAR or email@example.com if you have questions.
Reserve your space in university housing for both summer and fall terms. You will only need to pay one $100 non-refundable registration fee to apply for housing for summer and fall. It is very important that you apply for both summer 2015 and fall 2015 at the same time. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority deadline for fall and EIP housing is March 1, 2015.
Students living on campus during EIP will benefit from tutoring in the residence halls, trained staff members, and programming that extends from the classroom into the residence hall. Students in EIP will be housed in Southern Pines. Southern Pines offers suite-style housing with single-occupancy bedrooms that include a full-sized bed, full-sized refrigerator, a bathroom in the unit, and a living area. If you have any questions, please contact the University Housing office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 912-478-5406. Please indicate “Eagle Incentive Program” in the subject line of your email.
Report college credit you’ve earned. In order to best prepare your course schedule for the summer, accepted EIP students must report any credit (or anticipated credit) earned through Advanced Placement, Joint-Enrollment/Accel, or other means. This can be done by clicking here, or contacting Patricia Beavan, EIP Coordinator. This should be completed by June 1, 2015.
Verify your major. Please visit your Status Check Page to verify your intended major. If you would like to change it, please do so before June 1st by completing the form found here.
Apply for financial aid. If you want to be reviewed for summer financial aid, which includes the Georgia HOPE Scholarship, you must complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. If you ONLY want to be reviewed for HOPE, you should complete the GSFAPPS application available at http://www.gacollege411.org/. Please note: for fall 2015 financial aid, you must complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA. If you would like to take part in the Nelnet payment plan for summer 2015, please contact the EIP Coordinator, Patricia Beavan, at email@example.com, no later than May 15, 2015.
Review your dining plan. If you are living on campus during EIP, you will be automatically assigned a dining plan when you complete your housing application. Meal plans become effective June 18, 2015. If you have questions, please call Dining Services at 912-478-5311.
Submit your Report of Medical History and Immunization Form to the Health Services office in order to register for classes. You can find the form and additional health-related information online or contact Health Services at 912-478-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask your guidance counselor to submit your final high school transcript to Georgia Southern University no later than June 6, 2014, to ensure that there are no changes in your admission status and that your financial aid will be processed on time. Your acceptance to Georgia Southern University is contingent upon successful completion of the required high school curriculum with a satisfactory grade point average.
Register with the Student Disability Resource Center, if needed, through your admissions status check page. All students who have used academic accommodations in the past, who have had a 504 Plan, or who have had an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) are encouraged to contact the SDRC at 912-478-1566 for information and accommodations.
Attend Operation Move-In on Thursday, June 18, 2015, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm at the Recreation Activity Center (RAC).
Attend SOAR (orientation) in the Russell Student Union on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, 2015. Also attend Conversations with Professors on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
Begin classes on June 22 and start your college experience at Georgia Southern! Classes will end on July 24, and successful completion of all classes with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better will be required to ensure your transition into the fall semester.
Pay tuition and fees by July 6, 2015. More detailed information regarding tuition and fees, fee payment deadlines, and payment information is available on the Office of Student Accounts website or by calling 912-478-0999.
Questions about EIP? Contact your admissions counselor at 912-478-5391 or email@example.com.
Eagle Incentive Program Contract
To complete the EIP contract and deposit process online, please visit your admissions status check page.
If you prefer to submit a paper contract and pay with a check or money order, please email the EIP Coordinator, Patricia Beavan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.