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Six-Week Challenge

Research shows that students decide in the first six weeks of their college career if they plan to remain at the University.The Six Week Challenge was created to assist first-year students in acclimating and engaging with their peers and the University as a whole. The Six Week Challenge is intended to increase retention, promote academic and personal success, and to enhance the quality of life within the residence halls and aligns with the core values of Eastern. Students will participate in various events throughout the first six weeks; such as hall and floor socials, roommate expectation forms, meals with staff, community service events, the Roommate Game, RA programs, etc.

In following the University’s goal of sustainability, this year we are not printing out Six Week Challenge booklets. Attendance is tracked solely through our mobile attendance.

Fall 2023 Six Week Challenge Calendar

Students must attend at least 50% of the events (including the six required events) to be eligible to win hall-specific prizes. The student on campus attending the most programs receives a grand prize.

The six (6) required events are:

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Training (Wednesday, Sept. 6th)
  • President's Picnic and Involvement Fair (Thursday, Sept. 7th)
  • Support Services Block Party (Thursday, Oct. 5th) OR UROC Kick-Off (Monday, Oct. 2nd)
  • Warrior Cup Flag Football (Saturday, Sept. 9th) OR Warrior Cup Trivia (Sept. 26th)
  • Friday After Dark (FAD) Movie Under the Stars (Friday, Sept. 8th) OR FAD All Things Autumn! (Saturday, Oct. 7th)
  • Attendance at any one (1) of the five (5) Workshops on Wednesday (WOW) on August 30th, September 13th, September 20th, September 27th or October 4th
    • AOD training on Sept. 6th is NOT a WOW