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Eastern Illinois University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University (Eastern or EIU) is a 4-year, public school located in the small town of Charleston, Illinois. In 2011, Eastern ranked number 51 among the top Midwestern public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Study abroad programs are available in locations like England, France, Spain, Ecuador and South Korea. In 2011, Eastern opened its Renewable Energy Center, which includes one of the country's largest biomass facilities and is closely integrated with the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education, an interdisciplinary research and education program.


Eastern includes seven colleges offering 47 undergraduate degree programs, 27 graduate programs and seven post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Eastern also offers three online degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in General Studies, an RN-to-BS in nursing and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Organizational and Professional Development. It also provides about 80 online courses from more than 20 different programs through its School of Continuing Education. Eastern has 599 full time and 142 part time faculty members. It houses more than 230 student-run organizations as well as 30 sororities and fraternities. More graduates of Eastern go on to receive a doctoral degree than any other institution offering master's programs in Illinois.


In fall 2011, Eastern had 11,178 students enrolled, including 9,657 undergraduate and 1,075 graduate students. Eastern has a rolling admissions policy and will accept applications at any time. Graduate students should consult individual programs for deadlines and other program specific instructions. Undergraduate application criteria include SAT or ACT scores, grades earned in college preparatory courses and a personal statement. Provisional admission programs require letter of recommendation from teachers and counselors. Required college preparatory coursework includes English, math, science and social studies. More than 7,0000 students applied for enrollment in fall 2011, and 68% were admitted. 59% of the student body is female and 41% are male, while 74% are white, 4% are Hispanic or Latino and 14% are African American.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the 2011-2012 school year, undergraduate tuition was $10,534; out-of-state undergraduate tuition was $26,674; graduate tuition was $6,456 and out-of-state graduate tuition was $15,480. Residential housing costs range from $7,882 to $8,884. Eastern also has a textbook rental program. About 83% of Eastern students receive some form of final aid, including loans, federal and intuitional grants and scholarships.

Eastern Illinois University QUICK FACTS
School Type University, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's, post-master's certificate**
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Town: Remote**
Student Body Fall 2011: 9,657 undergradute and 1,521 graduate**
Schools (and/or) Programs 47 undergraduate degree programs, 27 master's programs, 7 post-baccalaureate certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1***
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) 2010-2011: Elementary Education and Teaching (244), Communications, General (163), Family and Consumer Sciences (145)
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 30% in four years, 59% in six years, 59% in eight years (for students who started school in 2003)
Admission Rate Fall 2011: 68%***
Entering Class Size Fall 2010: 1,461**
First-Year Retention Rates Fall 2011: full-time students 79%***
Average SAT (and/or) ACT Score of Admitted Students 75th Percentile ACT composite score: 23 in Fall 2010**
Application Due Date Rolling admission*
Decision Notification Date None given
Tuition (2010-1011) 2010-2011: Approximately $10,534 (tuition and fees) in-state; $26,674 out-of-state***
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grant (39%), pell grant (39%), other federal grants (18%, state/local grant aid (39%), institutional grant aid (22%), loan (71%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 2010-2011: 81%***

'*'Sources: Eastern Illinois University **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics ***NCES College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, 1230 Old Main, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920
  • Phone: 877-581-2348
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