Eastern Michigan University

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Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 487-1849
2013-2014 Tuition
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#77 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Eastern Michigan University is a public institution that was founded in 1849. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,914, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 460 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Eastern Michigan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 77. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,161 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $24,592 (2013-14).

The wooded campus of Eastern Michigan University is located in the city of Ypsilanti, about 40 miles west of Detroit. Students at Eastern Michigan University can choose from more than 200 majors, including graduate programs in business, education, and health. At Eastern Michigan, students can learn about industry ethics during the College of Business Ethos Week and show off their research at the annual Undergraduate Symposium. The university, often abbreviated to EMU, also celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day each year with community building exercises and opportunities for creative expression. EMU students can join more than 300 campus organizations, pledge with about 25 fraternities and sororities, and take a break from it all at the Starbucks café in the student center. Student athletes can play sports at the intramural, club, or varsity level. The Eastern Michigan Eagles intercollegiate teams compete in about 21 sports as part of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference.

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

Eastern Michigan University is committed to excellence in teaching, extension of knowledge through basic and applied research, and creative and artistic expression. Building on a proud tradition of national leadership in the preparation of teachers, we maximize educational opportunities and personal and professional growth for students from diverse backgrounds through an array of baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. We provide a student-focused learning environment that positively affects the lives of students and the community. We extend our commitment beyond the campus boundaries to the wider community through service initiatives and partnerships, addressing local, regional, national and international opportunities and challenges.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1849
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $51,413,003


When applying to Eastern Michigan University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Eastern Michigan University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Eastern Michigan University is 19:1, and the school has 40 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Eastern Michigan University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 12%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Education 17%
Health Professions and Related Programs 12%
Social Sciences 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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Student Life

Eastern Michigan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,914, with a gender distribution of 42.2 percent male students and 57.8 percent female students. At this school, 22 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 78 percent of students live off campus. Eastern Michigan University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 23,502
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 Michigan University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, and health service. Eastern Michigan 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 Michigan University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Eastern Michigan University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Eastern Michigan University, 68.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,396.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,161 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $24,592 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,596 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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