The program admission committee reviews Exploratory-Saluki Success Initiative applications and conducts a holistic review which includes factors such as high school transcript information, standardized test scores, and a personal statement. All students who are determined to be eligible for admission will be mailed contracts. After students return their contracts, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify students that they are officially admitted into the Exploratory-Saluki Success Initiative program.
The most common way that students are admitted as Exploratory-Undecided is by indicating on your SIU application that you are undecided. You may also be in the department if you are seeking acceptance into a selective admissions program. Several majors at SIU have special admission requirements or an additional application.
Students approved for admission into ESA are advised into courses selected from the SIU Core Curriculum requirements. Students are advised throughout their first year in school by professional academic advisors who help them select courses for the first two semesters of their freshman year and for the fall semester of the sophomore year. When students meet with their ESA advisor for their third semester class selection, the advisor informs students of the process for petitioning out of ESA and into the major of their choice.
New Student Orientation (NSO) is a one-day program for new SIU students and their families and supporters. After NSO, you'll know what to expect on your first day of classes. NSO will make sure you are ready to make the most of your time when you first arrive on campus and throughout your academic career. Click here to find out more information on SIU's New Student Orientation.
The Exploratory-Saluki Success Initiative program opportunity requires students to remain in the program throughout their freshman year and complete all program requirements. Students may not transfer to another academic unit until after they successfully complete UNIV 101A, have a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and fulfill the academic unit requirements of their preferred major.
UNIV 101: Saluki Success is SIU's dynamic and exciting first-year experience course! We encourage you with SIU's admonition to "know no bounds.” This is a required, one or two credit hour course which meets a Core Curriculum requirement. Here we dream about the future, connect with our campus community, and explore the richness of SIU's legacy.
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