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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.

Click here for the Fall 2022 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 (Thursday, Sept. 1st in Shafer Auditorium at 5, 6:15 or 7:30pm)
  • President's Picnic and Involvement Fair (Tuesday, Sept. 6th on Webb Lawn at 5pm)
  • Support Services Block Party (Tuesday, Sept. 13th in Wood Hall, 1-3pm)
  • Voting in your hall's RHA elections (Watch for signs in your hall)
    • You earn extra Priority Points if elected to a Hall Association Position!
  • UROC Kick-Off (Thursday, Oct. 6th on the FAIC Amphitheatre at 4pm)
  • Attendance at any one (1) of the six (6) Workshops on Wednesday (see poster for locations and topic)