Eastern Illinois University

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600 Lincoln Avenue

Charleston, IL 61920-3099

Phone: (217) 581-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#36 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Eastern Illinois University is a public institution that was founded in 1895. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,975, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 320 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Eastern Illinois University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 36. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,144 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,124 (2013-14).

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) is located in the city of Charleston, about 180 miles south of Chicago and about 140 miles northeast of St. Louis. Undergraduates can choose from many majors in the fields of arts and humanities, business and applied sciences, education and professional studies, and the sciences. The university also offers more than 25 master’s degree programs, including those in the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences.

Outside the classroom, students at EIU can get involved in more than 200 clubs, dozens of fraternities and sororities, and student government. Each year, EIU hosts several events for students, such as Family Weekend in the fall with a concert and a football game, and the Miss Black EIU Scholarship Pageant during African American Heritage Month. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for one of the many EIU Panthers varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference. Notable Eastern Illinois alumni include John Malkovich, who starred in the movies Con Air and Being John Malkovich, and Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys professional football team.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Eastern Illinois University is a public comprehensive university that offers superior, accessible undergraduate and graduate education. Students learn the methods and results of free and rigorous inquiry in the arts, humanities, sciences, and professions, guided by a faculty known for its excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, and service. The University community is committed to diversity and inclusion and fosters opportunities for student-faculty scholarship and applied learning experiences within a student-centered campus culture. Throughout their education, students refine their abilities to reason and to communicate clearly so as to become responsible citizens and leaders.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1895
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $37,088,600


When applying to Eastern Illinois University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Eastern Illinois University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Eastern Illinois University is 15:1, and the school has 40.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Eastern Illinois University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 18%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%

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Student Life

Eastern Illinois University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,975, with a gender distribution of 40.8 percent male students and 59.2 percent female students. At this school, 36 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64 percent of students live off campus. Eastern Illinois University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,417
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Eastern Illinois University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Eastern Illinois University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Eastern Illinois University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Eastern Illinois University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Eastern Illinois University, 66.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $3,594.

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In-state tuition and fees $11,144 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $28,124 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,358 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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