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Eagle Incentive Program

Eagle Incentive Program

The Eagle Incentive Program (EIP) is designed for select students who are not regularly admitted for fall term and is available on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses. These students begin classes in the summer, gaining access to campus resources and support to assist in their transition to college. This five-week program runs concurrently with Georgia Southern’s summer term, from mid-June to mid-July. Students live on campus with other participants, creating an engaged community with opportunities for success.

Students who are interested in participating in the Eagle Incentive Program should complete the regular undergraduate application for admission, applying for the fall or summer term. Qualified applicants will be invited to attend this program. Space is limited, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requirements of the Eagle Incentive Program for Summer 2018
  1. 960-1020 Redesigned SAT total or 18-19 ACT composite
  2. 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: 24 Reading test, 22 Math test/17 English, 17 Math
  3. High School Academic GPA 2.5+
  4. Complete the Required High School Curriculum
    *4 English credits
    *4 Math credits
    *4 Science credits (at least 2 lab sciences)
    *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 been invited to EIP, complete the student contract and submit the non-refundable $60 deposit as soon as possible to reserve your space (available starting March 1 for the Armstrong Campus). 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 your deposit online.

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 will be required to take a corequisite course in the fall alongside 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 – Classes will begin Monday, June 18 and continue through July 19. Operation Move-In will take place Thursday, June 14 with SOAR (orientation) immediately following from June 15-16.

Operation Move-In (OMI) –OMI will be held on Thursday, June 14. 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 completing all check-in requirements, you will be able to head to your residence hall to get moved in.

SOAR (orientation) – Attendance at Southern’s Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) is a requirement for all new students at Georgia Southern University. 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 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), found online at Please note: For fall 2018 financial aid, you must also complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA. More information about financial aid will be forwarded to you once you have reserved your space in the Eagle Incentive Program.

Housing – First-year students are required to live on campus for EIP and the following fall/spring semesters. 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. Exemptions to the live-on requirement may be available for those who live within 30 miles of their primary campus. Learn more here.

After you pay the $60 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 2018. Please apply for both summer and fall housing at the same time. A non-refundable $100 housing registration fee is required (you will only need to pay the fee once for both summer and fall).

Application Re-Review – If you retake the SAT or ACT and earn a higher score that meets the minimum requirements for fall admission (1030 Redesigned SAT or 20 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 $60 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

The information on these pages about the Eagle Incentive Program (EIP) are subject to change as the University reviews the program structure for 2018 and beyond.

Congratulations!  You’ve reserved your space in the Eagle Incentive Program for summer 2018. 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 SOARRegistration opened February 1 for the Statesboro Campus and will open March 1 for the Armstrong Campus. The priority deadline to sign up for EIP SOAR is April 1, 2018. 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. The SOAR fee for students is $95. 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 New Student & Family Programs at 912-GSU-SOAR or if you have questions.

Reserve your space in University Housing for both summer and fall terms. You will only need to pay one non-refundable registration fee to apply for housing for summer and fall. It is very important that you apply for both summer 2018 and fall 2018 at the same time. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The priority deadline for fall and EIP housing is March 15, 2018. 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. If you have any questions, please contact the University Housing office at or by phone at 912-478-5406. Please indicate “Eagle Incentive Program” in the subject line of your email. Exemptions to the live-on requirement may be available for those who live within 30 miles of their primary campus. Learn more here.

Verify your major. Please visit your Status Check Page to verify your intended major. If you would like to change it, complete 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 2017-2018 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. For fall 2018 financial aid, you must complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.

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 when you move into your residence hall. If you have questions, please call Dining Services at 912-478-5311.

Submit your final high school transcript. Ask your guidance counselor to send your final high school transcript to Georgia Southern University (the campus you plan on attending) no later than June 8, 2018, 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 Accessibility Resource Center, if needed, through your 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 SARC at 912-478-1566 for information and accommodations.

Parking. If you are bringing a vehicle for EIP, you must purchase a permit to park on campus.  Parking permits for summer are $40.  If you are living on-campus, you must purchase a permit for your residence hall.  Those commuting from off-campus can purchase from available commuter lots.  Information about parking rules, transit options and payments on the Statesboro Campus can be found here. Information about parking rules, transit options and payments on the Armstrong Campus can be found here.

Submit your immunization forms. After attending SOAR, during your first week of classes, visit the Health Services website for instructions on submitting the required immunization records, tuberculosis screening, and medical history forms. These completed forms should be submitted in the My.GeorgiaSouthern portal in Online Student Health.

Begin classes on June 18 and start your college experience at Georgia Southern! Classes will end on July 19.

Pay tuition and fees by June 11, 2018. 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


The information provided is based on the 2017 program. We hope to have 2018 information available soon.

Eagle Incentive Program Financial Planning Worksheet


Eagle Incentive Program Success Stories

Emily Leberman, 2012 | Atlanta, GA

EIPsuccess_EmilyCollege is a milestone in a young adult life. Being able to break the ice with that experience instead of being thrown in with 20k+ others was very helpful. I believe it taught me early on some important lessons of how to guide my college career. I also think that I networked and made long lasting friendships that I would not have made being in a lecture class of 50+ students. There were many professors that I formed relationships with that helped me during the 4 years of my college career as I was able to come to them for advice and guidance. Little did I know it would be one of the best summers of my life!

Ryan Keesee, 2007 | Paulding County, GA

EIPsuccess_RyanI was originally pretty upset that I had to attend EIP. I was disappointed in my low SAT score, and I felt defeated. I decided to let my ill mood go and dive into the experience. I was able to become acquainted with the professors, make new friends, learn the campus, and develop healthy study habits early on. It also put me ahead in credit hours which was great. I returned to SOAR a second year, became a BUILD Leader and Returner, Community Liaison, Southern Ambassador, SGA Senator, Southern Leader and spent some time on the Volunteer Involvement Board. I graduated with my Masters in 2014 and now serve as a Coordinator at Florida International University in the Center for Leadership and Service. EIP was definitely the beginning of a long journey that I wouldn’t change for anything.

Victoria Burnette, 2010 | Suwanee, GA

EIPsuccess_VictoriaI loved the entire experience of EIP as a whole; I had the time of my life that summer and was able to get a jumpstart on my academics, as well as making lasting friendships. I gained so much from EIP, and I think it’s Georgia Southern’s BEST KEPT SECRET. Life after EIP at Georgia Southern was something similar to a fairy-tale. I excelled academically and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 3.5 years. I owe much of my current success to EIP and my alma mater – Georgia Southern University.

Ashley Riggs, 2009 | Sharpsburg, GA

EIPsuccess_AshleyEIP was the best summer of my life. I think the two things that I benefited the most from in EIP are my time management skills and my social and people skills. Little did I know that the decision to give up that time was the best decision I ever made. I think my favorite thing about EIP was all of the people that I was able to meet. We have a running joke that when you find out someone you’ve met went to EIP, you instantly have a family bond. I can honestly say everyone who I’ve met that has attended EIP has agreed that it was their favorite semester in college.

Chance Shelton, 2013 | Kennesaw, GA

EIPsuccess_ChanceAs the program went on I really took everything that was offered to my full advantage, whether it was socially, academically, or just getting a feel for the campus. I met so many new people like myself and formed friendships that I still have to this day. I can honestly say that without EIP I’m not sure who I would have become here at the university….we always say that EIP was one of the best semesters we have had here at Southern thus far.

Zach Garrett, 2011 | Alpharetta, GA

EIPsuccess_ZackEIP gave me the opportunity to prove to myself and Georgia Southern that I was ready for the academic rigor of a college education. The Eagle Incentive Program expresses the notion that students and their abilities cannot be solely defined by a GPA or scores on the SAT. This program gives students the opportunity to show that they can be successful in college regardless of these standardized rating systems. I am forever grateful for what Georgia Southern has given me and I am so excited to share my story so that others will know what a great place it is.

Joshua Combs, 2008 | Kennesaw, GA

EIPsuccess_JoshuaThe most beneficial aspect of EIP was that I was able to prove to myself that I could be a successful college student. I saw the fruits of my labor, and it inspired and set the tone for the rest of my academic experience. I remember that I made 1 B that summer at EIP, and that pushed me to never make a B again in college. I graduated from Emory Law in May 2015 and will begin working at Troutman Sanders LLP in the Energy Practice Group in their Atlanta office in September 2015.

Maya Gleason, 2012 | Covington, GA

EIPsuccess_MayaAfter I found out I got into EIP I knew Georgia Southern was where I wanted to be. Once I started, I thrived in my academics. I came out with a 3.75 GPA; the highest it had been in my school career. Since EIP I have joined many clubs and leadership positions. I am a manager for our fundraising program, Phonathon. I also am the photo editor for the George- Anne, our school newspaper. After graduation I hope to work for an advertising company continuing my passion for design.

Jason Conyers, 2013 | Atlanta, GA

EIPsuccess_JasonWhen I arrived during the summer for EIP I decided to work harder than I did in high school and make sure I got into fall semester. Because of my summer EIP Community Leader (CL), I made the decision to become a leader on campus and help others get involved, make new friends, and get good grades. I am currently going into my junior year and returning as a CL, as well as being a CL during the summer with the EIP students coming in.

Ross Euteneuer, 2009 | Atlanta, GA

Ross EThe overall experience of EIP was amazing to me. I learned a lot about myself during EIP. The EIP program laid the foundation for my success at Georgia Southern University and post-graduation. I realized those lessons and experiences I have learned from my time at EIP, I applied it to every year while I was at GSU. The study habits I created, the lifelong friends I made from Georgia Southern, the daily experiences I cherished all started back from my time in the EIP program. Looking back on it now, it was the best decision I have made. The path I started from in 2009 to now currently working in the NFL, I just build off from it every day and apply it to my daily life and working in the sport industry as well.

Last updated: 2/2/2018