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 “C” or better GPA can enroll regularly for the fall 2013 semester.
Students will be denied fall 2013 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
- Minimum 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 are not eligible to participate in EIP if they have earned any transferable college credits, including those credits earned jointly while in high school. AP and IB credits are permissible in most cases, but should be discussed on an individual basis with the EIP coordinator.
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 $75 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.
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.
Dates of the Program – The program begins on Thursday, June 20, 2013, with Operation Move In. SOAR (orientation) will be on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. The mandatory Conversations with Professors meeting will be held on Sunday, June 23 (more information about this event will be provided at SOAR). Classes will begin Monday, June 24 and continue through July 26.
Operation Move In (OMI) – OMI will be held on Thursday, June 20 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, pay your account balance, 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 21, 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 21 and 22, 2013. 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 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), found online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please note: For Fall 2013 financial aid, you must also complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA. Even if you ONLY want to be reviewed for HOPE, you should still complete the FAFSA. More information about financial aid will be forwarded to you once you have reserved your space in the Eagle Incentive Program.
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, microwave, and washer and dryer. Move-in day will be on Thursday, June 20, and check-out is on Friday, July 26.
After you return your contract and $75 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 2013. Please apply for both summer and fall housing at the same time. Please note that fall 2013 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 $75 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 2013. 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, 2013). 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 21 and 22, 2013. The SOAR fee for students is $70. After registering for SOAR, return to http://admissions.georgiasouthern.edu/orientation/ 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 2013 and fall 2013 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, 2013. For help completing your housing application, please visit the Housing Help Me Apply page.
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.
Apply for financial aid. If you want to be reviewed for summer financial aid, which includes the Georgia HOPE Scholarship, you must complete the 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. If you ONLY want to be reviewed for HOPE, you should complete the GSFAPP application available at http://www.gacollege411.org/. Please note: for fall 2013 financial aid, you must complete the 2013-2014 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 June 20, 2013. 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 email@example.com.
Ask your guidance counselor to submit your final high school transcript to Georgia Southern University no later than June 7, 2013, 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 online if needed. 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 20, 2013, 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 21 and 22, 2013. Also attend Conversations with Professors on Sunday, June 23, 2012.
Begin classes on June 24 and start your college experience at Georgia Southern! Classes will end on July 25, and successful completion of all classes with a cumulative grade point average of “C” or better will be required to ensure your transition into the fall semester.
Pay tuition and fees by July 9, 2013. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.