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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about Excellence in Leadership (EIL). If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us.

Who can participate? Are there any requirements?

EIL is open to any Ball State University student. However all interested students must complete a registration.

How do I sign up?

Registration has closed for the 2013- 2014 year.

Do I need permission to take Excellence in Leadership for credit?

Yes. All students must register through the EIL Web site and complete paperwork at the fall orientation.

What is the difference between taking the program for credit and not for credit?

When you take EIL for credit it becomes a class. You receive a grade which counts towards your overall all grade point average (GPA). It is subject to all the same rules and guidelines as any other university course.

I don’t have any leadership experience, is this program for me?

Yes! This program is for anyone who wants to learn more about leadership. Are some leaders born? Sure. But most leaders are made.

Why two years? Can’t I learn all of this stuff in one semester?

No, you can’t learn all of this in one semester. In fact, leadership is a lifelong pursuit. You need four semesters to simply be introduced to many of these key concepts. This program will lay the foundation for your leadership experience.

What happens if I drop out of the program?

Students who drop out of the program must notify our staff. Students taking EIL for credit must follow all university withdrawal guidelines.

Can you really teach leadership?

Yes, you can teach leadership. Leadership has been a formal area of study for over 100 years. While it is a complex process, it can be observed and reproduced. It simply requires good teachers and good students.

Can I still participate in other organizations?

Yes! We want you to take the lead in other student organizations and practice what you are learning in EIL. While EIL does require a commitment, it also leaves time for other organizations and activities.

Does it matter what my major is?

No. EIL is open to any major. Every field is looking for leaders.

I have more questions, whom do I contact?

Contact the Office of Student Life at 765-285-3476 or e-mail us at eil@bsu.edu.