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About Eastern Illinois University (EIU)

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Eastern Illinois University (EIU) is a mid-sized, 4 years, a public university founded in the year 1895, headquartered at Charleston, Illinois. Eastern Illinois University has undergone a vast transformation during its first 75 years. Beginning in one building on a 40-acre campus with few students and teachers, it grew to a campus of 316 acres with 35 modern buildings valued at some $61,000,000. EIU is a more than 120 years old institute with a rich history of providing quality education to its students and preparing them for the diverse paths of life.

The college is committed to providing opportunities for students to achieve their life goals through a combination of quality education and personal relationships. 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 vision of the university is to become a premier university to attain the global standards and impact by maintaining a strong personal connection between the faculty and the student.

  • The present student population of EIU is approximately 7,526 with 4,767 students are enrolled on a full-time basis, and 2,759 attend part-time.

  • In terms of admission, the University rules are quite relaxed making the acceptance rate 55%.

  • The annual graduating rate is 58% that makes Eastern Illinois University more effective than average at successfully graduating students.

  • The University is accredited under the Higher Learning Commission(HLC).

  • 32% percent of students are minorities or students of color which makes the ethenic and cultural diversity of the University medium.

  • Offers 50 undergraduate programs in more than 150 majors and minor options and 36 graduate programs including online education as well.

  • The students who no longer in EIU, start their first salary with $43,500, which is 27% higher than the national median.

  • Our alumni satisfaction rate is 98 percent after one year from graduation and 99 percent after nine years from graduation.

  • The University houses NCAA Division I-FCS and is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Online Education at EIU

The online program in a cost-effective manner allows the opportunities of educational and professional development to the students. It continuously analyzes the rapidly changing educational needs and implements the changes to the programs. It extends the resources and services in the online format by providing access to off-line students at an affordable cost. The university works harder in order to make the programs more flexible for the students.

  • EIU d2l is the learning management system of the university currently powered and hosted by Brightspace. It can be used to keep and manage the digital collection of your personal resources. It can take be any different formats like text, image, audio, and video.

  • EIU PAWS refers to Panther Access to Web Services which allows students, faculty, staff, and alumni to access a variety of information via the Internet.


Some of the student’s reviews according to the U.S.News and world report are given below

  • The location is great with a positive atmosphere all over the campus. There are many stores, activities, and resources on the campus. It is also a very safe campus with a supportive student body as well as blue emergency polls that alert people in case of emergency.

  • It offers a wide range of majors which make sure that there is something that you will like. The majority of the faculties are well experienced and committed to helping students by giving regular feedback.

  • The workload is very heavy but some of them feel that as easy hence it entirely depends on your performance. It also helps to find out internship opportunities to get hands-on experience with the work environment. You will get a community where there will be a lot of people with similar interests as yours.

Location & Contact


600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920-3099
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According to the latest U.S. News Reports, Eastern Illinois University has been awarded the following prestigious ranks given below:

  • It ranks 1st in Public Regional Universities in Illinois.

  • The University ranked itself at  23rd position in Best Colleges for Veterans.

  • Among Top Public Schools, the University holds the 5th position.

  • It ranks 37th in Best Value Schools.

  • In the category Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy in America. It ranked 80th.


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Getting into Eastern Illinois University is easy. The eligibility criteria are relaxed so that quality education is not discriminated among its students. With a legacy of more than a century, EIU is known to groom every student as per the industry and corporate requirements. In fact, the curriculum is so well rehearsed that a student identifies his true calling and shines with his own potential.

The acceptance rate is kept 55% which makes it ‘an easy’ school to attend. Hence the applicant competition is not that much, almost anyone with an average scorecard and complete documents can apply for the same and get selected. Last year,4,746 out of 8,580 applicants were admitted making Eastern Illinois University moderately competitive school get into with chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. In terms of academic eligibility, the test scores moderate and easily attainable. In terms of SAT/ACT test score, one should at least 920 in SAT and 18 for ACT which is 50% or more scores. The University typically attracts High School students with 'B+' or better grades. Advanced Placement Program, Dual Credit Program, Evening Degree Program, Credits for Life Experience, Masters, and Doctorate also provided by the University.

The following documents are required and have to be submitted to the university before the deadline and students should meet the eligibility criteria fixed by the university.

  • A fully filled and proper application form with a non-refundable application fee of $30 has to be submitted in an online portal called My EIU to the university before the end date.

  • Official Transcripts and records and an essay saying why you want to join the University and your ambition should be mentioned vividly.

  • Within the 3-5 days after applying, the counselor from the university will send the letter of acknowledging a letter to an applicant.

  • Preference is given to candidates having better test-scores and an eye problem-solving.

  • For the offline admission process, one may visit the Admission Block of Fayetteville State University at 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920-3099.

  • Provision for Request of Information is also provided. For that one needs to send an official email to the University at  admissions@eiu.edu  stating the motive of the information. 

  • Online counseling and virtual campus tour like facilities are also present.

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How realistic is the cost to attend Eastern Illinois University? EIU has a look and feels of private University but in terms of fee, its similar to a public university. When you consider tuition that is lower than many of our competitors, more generous financial aid packages and a comparison of cost to graduate outcomes, EIU is value unlike any. The University believes that Education is an investment - and a significant one. As a result, one would expect only the greatest return possible. With the unique professional opportunities offered by it, the student's Return of Investments(ROI) is proven to be solid, with an undeniable bright future.

The annual cost of attending Eastern Illinois University for a resident student $24,305 and that of a non-resident student $26,525 which makes the price difference between an in-state and out-of-state student nearly 9.1%. Since the cost of attendance is subjected to changes based on the residency of the candidate, the candidate must submit valid residency prove to the Admission block of the University or email to them.

Through years of legacy brilliance in academics and grooming the students to have an edge in the industry, the Net Cost to Attend Eastern Illinois University pays off. After getting an undergraduate degree from EIU, the candidate's net value is worth $43,500 more than what it would cost you. The following data suggests that the cost to attend the university is very low but the Return of Investments(ROI) is great. The Average Net Price of investing $13,168. To gauge a more realistic view on the campus tuition fee, the University offers financial aid in the form of student scholarships, federal loans, and grants. Around 70% of the student population avail of some sort of financial assistance. Last year $35,081,441 was used for financial aid purposes. Students who are willing to apply for financial assistance must fill the federal student code application. The FAFSA code for EIU 001674.


Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

153 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

145 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

144 Graduates

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human...

119 Graduates

Psychology, General

118 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

116 Graduates

Biology, General

85 Graduates


79 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

62 Graduates


60 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

58 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

58 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

55 Graduates

Management Sciences and Quantitativ...

52 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

40 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

34 Graduates

Industrial Production Technologies/...

32 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

31 Graduates


30 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

25 Graduates

Communication Disorders Sciences an...

24 Graduates

Political Science and Government

23 Graduates


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Registered Nursing, Administration,...

20 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

18 Graduates

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facil...

18 Graduates


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11 Graduates

Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

10 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

9 Graduates


8 Graduates

Geography and Cartography

8 Graduates

Mathematics and Computer Science

8 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

5 Graduates


5 Graduates

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

3 Graduates


3 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

2 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

1 Graduates


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Out of 7,811 students

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10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

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Financial Aid

The university helps the students and the family by providing the necessary information required to attain any kind of financial aid. 80% of the students receive some type of financial aid. The average financial aid provided is about $13,582 and a total of $107 million approximately.

The FAFSA form should be filled in order to check the financial requirement and eligibility of the student. The Eastern Illinois University federal school code is 001674.

  • The Federal-Aid includes Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Loans such as Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loans.

  • The State Aid includes the Monetary Award Program.

  • The Institutional Aid includes Presidential Scholars Award, Pemberton Presidential Scholars Award, Excellence in Fine Arts Fund, Panther Promise Tuition Waiver, and Honors Award.

  • The Military Aid Tuition Assistance, Montgomery GI Bill, Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), and so on.

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